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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

pop lead

December 6th, 2013
07:09 PM ET

Actors that portrayed Mandela mourn his death, honor his life

(CNN) - Father, husband, prisoner, president and reformer, there are many roles to play for an actor assigned the legendary part of Nelson Mandela.

At least 20 men have attempted to embody the icon, despite the challenge of replicating his world-altering scenes.
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world lead

December 6th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Rev. Jackson on Mandela's legacy: Chose reconciliation over retaliation, revenge

(CNN) - Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson was in Capetown the day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison a free man, after more than 27 years of confinement.

"It was so overwhelming ... there had been such a great buildup, such anticipation," said Jackson.

Young people in South Africa, and all over the world, will know of Mandela only from history books. Jackson says his wish is that they remember his forgiveness.

"Having come through the scars of exile, the scars of 27 years of jail, through all of that, he said we must get up from here and don't linger here," said Jackson. "That we must choose at this point reconciliation, over retaliation and revenge."
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politics lead

December 6th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

Roundtable: Cruz attacked on social media for Mandela tribute

(CNN) - The "comments section" of social media sites is the bathroom wall of the internet, the hovel of haters and trolls.

As tributes and condolences from politicians roll out online, so do the vengeful replies.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is in that situation right now. On the news of Nelson Mandela's death Thursday, Cruz took to Facebook to express his respect and admiration of the anti-apartheid icon, writing, "Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe."
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money lead

December 6th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Are the right jobs coming back?

(CNN) - The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.0% - the lowest level since November 2008, as more people said they got jobs and joined the labor force.

But while jobs are coming back, they are not necessarily high-paying ones. Nearly one million of the jobs created this year were in the retail, hospitality, and temp work sectors.

"So long as there's still 11 million people looking for work, not being able to find it, we are going to have no pressure upwards on wages," said The Washington Post's economic policy reporter Jim Tankersley.
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world lead

December 6th, 2013
05:30 PM ET

Jimmy Carter: Mandela 'undeviating' in his ability to forgive

(CNN) - When former President Jimmy Carter met Nelson Mandela, the first thing the South African leader did was congratulate Carter on his daughter Amy.

"(Amy) had been arrested three times in college for demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa," Carter said in a phone interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"We got off to a good start, and we maintained our friendship right up until the end of his life," said Carter.
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