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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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Taxes you don't know you owe, plus the latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

Taxes you don't know you owe, plus the latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

national lead

January 31st, 2014
06:45 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: President Obama on everything from immigration to the Super Bowl

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal," he said.

Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions - with a pen or phone - if a divided Congress won't or can't act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.

But in an exclusive interview with CNN, the President insists he has not recalibrated his ambitions.

Watch the full interview in the video above, and read more here.

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sports lead

January 31st, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Women emerge as NFL game-changers

(CNN) - Remember back in the days when the words "pro football fan" conjured up images of guys gathered around TV screens chugging beer, and cheering wildly? And women who didn't hate the sport, were thought to be simply tolerating it because, well, how else would you get to spend time with your guy on Sundays in the fall?

Fast forward a few years, and the so-called football widow may notice her huddle is shrinking.

According to the National Football League, women now make up nearly half the league's fan base; 375,000 women attend NFL games each weekend.
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politics lead

January 31st, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Roundtable: Obama open to a deal on immigration?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama hinted at a possible middle ground with Republicans on an immigration deal, in an exclusive interview with CNN.

White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Carol Lee and national political columnist for Yahoo! News Matt Bai join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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sports lead

January 31st, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Obama on Richard Sherman: He's 'taking a page out of Muhammad Ali's playbook'

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – President Barack Obama, an avid sports fan, weighed in on the controversy surrounding Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, in an interview with CNN.

Sherman's rant following the Seahawks' win over the San Francisco 49ers, a game that earned him a spot in the Super Bowl, caused a brouhaha after he declared he was the best.

"My sense is he's taking a page out of Muhammad Ali's playbook, which is, I think he said explicitly, this is a good way to get attention. In fact, Ali said he got his schtick from wrestlers he used to watch," Obama said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.
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national lead

January 31st, 2014
10:42 AM ET

Obama on the problem of criminalizing marijuana use

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – When it was pointed out that the President's remarks to The New Yorker magazine about marijuana – which he described as a bad habit but not any worse for a person than alcohol – contradict the administration's official policy on marijuana, Obama stood by his views.

"I stand by my belief based on the scientific evidence that marijuana for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge," Obama said in an exclusive interview with CNN.

The President declined to say whether he would support removing marijuana as a "Schedule One" narcotic, a classification that includes heroin and ecstasy.
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