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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.

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

national lead

December 26th, 2013
05:40 PM ET

Looking back at 2013's legal battles

2013 saw many complex and controversial legal battles – covering everything from race, to health care, to marriage.

One of the biggest cases for the U.S. government was brought on by Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA snooping practices. A judge recently ruled there's a case to be made that some of the practices are unconstitutional, and President Obama says he will make a statement in January about reforms to the NSA.

Other controversial legal battles this year? the Supreme Court's decision on same sex marriage, a Utah judge striking down an anti-polygamy law, and the Greoge Zimmerman murder trial that gripped the nation.

Law professor Jonathan Turley, of George Washington University, discusses the biggest legal battles of 2013.

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pop lead

December 26th, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Beliebers weep as Bieber 'retires'

He didn't even stick around long enough for us to witness the full meltdown.

Just Bieber announced on Twitter that he's retiring from singing. While the announcement may have something to do with his new movie, which came out on Christmas, with his fan base now hitting their 20's, what if this is really it?

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley weighed in on whether Bieber can reinvent himself.

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politics lead

December 26th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked with Christie but leads other GOP presidential possibilities

In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates Clinton leading eight other possible Republican White House hopefuls in hypothetical general election matchups.

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money lead

December 26th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Stocks hit holiday highs

The markets enjoyed a huge post Christmas boost, setting the stage for a year-end market rally.

CNN Business Correspondent Zain Asher joined Joe Johns live from the New York Stock Exchange.

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