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

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politics lead

December 30th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Roundtable: America weary of war

(CNN) - The war in Afghanistan is America's longest, and it may also be its most unpopular.

Support of the war in Afghanistan has plummeted, with just 17% currently supporting the effort, and 82% opposing it, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. That's more than ever opposed the war in Vietnam.

It is also down from 52% approval for the war effort back in December of 2008, a month before President Barack Obama first took office.

So what happened over those five years to change America's mind? And what does it mean for the future of the conflict?

CNN political commentator and New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza, senior vice president at the Center for American Progress Daniella Gibbs Léger, and former spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner Terry Holt discuss.

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sports lead

December 30th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

'Black Monday' in NFL, several coaches sacked

(CNN) - It's been a downer of a day for in the NFL, with more than a handful of disappointing coaches out of a job. CNN's Rachel Nichols reports.

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politics lead

December 30th, 2013
05:55 PM ET

Bloomberg signs e-cigarette ban

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg been called everything from big brother and nanny-in-chief, to health crusader and pioneer. And that doesn't include some of the more colorful descriptors scrawled on the walls of New York City subways.

There is no denying Bloomberg's impact on the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the past 12 years, taking on everything from birth control to Big Gulps.

So it seems almost fitting that in his final act as mayor, Bloomberg signed into law a controversial initiative that extends the city's smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. The law would make it illegal to use the battery operated cigarettes in offices, restaurants, bars, and parks.

But some critics, including anti-smoking advocates, say the ban may end up doing more harm than good. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.

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pop lead

December 30th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Robin Roberts reveals she is gay

(CNN) - "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts inspired millions of viewers as she publicly fought a blood disorder diagnosis last year.

Thankfully, she won.

Now, as Roberts celebrates more than a year of recovery, she is making news again.

She took to Facebook last night to acknowledge her health, her happiness, and her longtime companion, writing, "I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends ... "

Yes, Robin Roberts is gay. The reaction has been as subtle as the announcement itself.
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national lead

December 30th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

Professor: Treatment of ADHD should focus on more than just drugs

(CNN) - More than 3.5 million children use medications like Ritalin and Adderall to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

But authors of one of the most influential studies that first trumpeted the effectiveness of these drugs in the 1990s say they worry the results over-sold the benefits of using the drugs alone, without other forms of therapy.

"Subsequent publications where we looked more broadly at academics and social skills and family discipline styles, showed the clear and superior benefits of combining the medications with active family and school behavior therapy," said professor Steven Hinshaw. Hinshaw was a researcher in the influential 1990s study.
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