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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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Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

pop lead

January 7th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Will loss of Elmore Leonard hurt 'Justified'?

(CNN) - The fifth season of one of the best shows on television - the backwoods crime epic "Justified" - premiers on FX Tuesday night.

The show stars actor Tim Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, whose southern drawl, cowboy hat, and boyish good looks hides the complicated man within, one who is willing to blur moral boundaries in order to get the bad guys.

But the audience is secretly rooting for one of those bad guys: Boyd Crowder, who grew up with Raylan in the drug and moonshine infested Harlan County, Kentucky. Boyd is played by actor Walton Goggins.

"Justified" is based on a short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard, and he was involved in the show. Leonard passed away in August, and the show will pay tribute to him at the beginning of tonight's show. But  will "Justified" be different without him?

Creator and writer of "Justified" Graham Yost and actor Walton Goggins join "The Lead" to discuss.

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national lead

January 7th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Senate Republican: House should vote on unemployment insurance

(CNN) - The Senate voted Tuesday to open up debate on a bill that would restore long term unemployment benefits to 1.3 million people which dried up just before the new year. And even though Congress passed a bipartisan budget before Christmas, Democrats weren't able to insert an extension into it.

politics lead

January 7th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Roundtable: Public support for legalized pot surges

(CNN) - A majority of Americans, 55%, say marijuana should be made legal, according to new CNN poll numbers. That's a huge upward swing from even two years ago, when only 43% said it should be legal. In 1987 just 16% thought marijuana should be legalized.

Senior citizens, Republicans, and southerners are the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot. As the baby boomers continue to age and their children replace older voters, how long before this becomes legal across the country? Or will it always be taboo in the South?

Former senator and chairwoman of the "It's My Business" coalition Blanche Lincoln, former spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Ron Bonjean, and CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger tackle that topic, as well as a discussion on whether Congress is finally becoming more bipartisan.

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national lead

January 7th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Below-freezing temperatures in all 50 states

(CNN) - Throughout this cold blast, CNN has been conducting a grand experiment on the effects of hypothermia on reporters. Two of our guinea pigs today - CNN's Erin McPike in Minneapolis, where temps have hovered around zero all day, and CNN's Ted Rowlands in Chicago, where it's even too cold for polar bears at the zoo.

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national lead

January 7th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Prosecutor: More than 100 NYC police, firefighters, and others indicted in PTSD scam

New York (CNN) - Though the former New York City police officers and firefighters were supposed to be fully disabled - some suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks - photos in court documents released Tuesday painted a starkly different picture.

One man smiled behind shades and flipped the bird aboard a Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Another sat at the controls of a helicopter. A mixed martial arts instructor posed with arms crossed. They're seen riding motorcycles, hauling in massive sailfish, slugging softballs for the "NYPD Blues," taking jump shots, running half marathons and golfing, and even giving television news interviews while selling cannoli at Manhattan's famed San Genaro festival.


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