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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

sports lead

January 10th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read

(CNN) - The death threats, Mary Willingham expected.

More shocking is that the University of North Carolina is now disavowing her research as a whistle-blower – research that showed between 8% and 10% of the school's football and basketball players are reading below a third-grade level.

UNC issued a statement Wednesday night saying it did not believe Willingham's account of a basketball player who could not read or write.

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politics lead

January 10th, 2014
07:18 PM ET

Who is Bridget Anne Kelly?

(CNN) - Ever since the e-mails incriminating Gov. Chris Christie's then- deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly came out on Wednesday, no one's heard a peep from her.

And that includes Christie, who was apparently so angry, he didn't want to hear her side of the story before showing her the door Thursday.

Christie and Kelly go back way before he landed in the governor's mansion. CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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pop lead

January 10th, 2014
07:12 PM ET

'Lone Survivor' star Mark Wahlberg: People NEED to know about this

(CNN) - The new film "Lone Survivor" opens Friday in theaters, and is expected to take the weekend box office.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, and details real life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's incredible fight for survival, and the deadly battle that claimed the lives of 19 troops.

CNN's Jake Tapper recently sat down with Luttrell and Wahlberg in New York to talk about the film, and at one point it got a little tense.

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national lead

January 10th, 2014
06:59 PM ET

Doctor: You can't get flu from the flu vaccine

(CNN) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half the country now reports widespread flu activity. While that's fairly normal for this time of year in certain parts of Texas and in the Bay area, overflow tents are being set up to deal with the growing number of flu patients.

The flu is also more likely to affect young, healthy adults this time around because the most common strain being spread is H1N1, also known as the "swine flu."

"It's a big H1N1 year," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
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national lead

January 10th, 2014
06:52 PM ET

Essay: Real story behind 'Lone Survivor'

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) - I found the film "Lone Survivor" compelling, as I found the book. The film of course, being a movie, took liberties with the true story that led to that horrible day, with 19 Americans killed, the largest single loss of life since World War II for the men of Naval Special Warfare.

There are some important facts about the actual Operation Red Wings to keep in mind when and if you see the movie, ones that don't necessarily fit into the narrative arc. I'm not faulting the movie makers for that - their job is different than mine. But keep in mind that these four Navy SEALs were inserted into these mountains to try to get eyes on an insurgent leader named Ahmad Shah, and they did not have enough backup, and they were put into a treacherous area that they and the U.S. military knew precious little about.
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