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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.

pop lead

January 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Will new Springsteen album live up to 'High Hopes'?

(CNN) - Bruce Springsteen released his 18th studio album Tuesday. "High Hopes" mostly consists of either unreleased or reworked material – some of it with the help of Tom Morello, of "Rage against the Machine" fame.

But will the album live up to expectations?

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley breaks it down for "The Lead."

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world lead

January 14th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Pentagon Papers leaker: Snowden is a hero of mine

(CNN) - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who took a treasure trove of the agency's secrets and leaked them to the world, is not a journalist. But he is a journalists' dream source, which is why Tuesday the Freedom of the Press Foundation announced that Snowden is joining its board of directors.

"We admire him, I admire him, personally, very much. He's a hero of mine," said Daniel Ellsberg, co-founder of the foundation. Ellsberg is the former U.S. military analyst who gave the infamous Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971.

"We're very proud, actually, to have him join us on the board," said Ellsburg.

For more of our interview with Daniel Ellsberg, check out the video above.

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politics lead

January 14th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

NJ Democrat: 'Hard to believe' Christie didn't know about lane closures earlier

(CNN) - Democratic New Jersey State Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski is leading a special committee investigating the traffic snarl apparently created through Gov. Chris Christie's office, and he has raised the possibility of impeachment against the governor, though Wisniewski told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that the Assembly is "not there yet."

"An assembly committee could always vote articles of impeachment, but we have no direct evidence that the governor ordered the lane closure," said Wisniewski.

"(Christie) says he didn't know about it, we find that a little hard to believe. But we're not at anything close to impeachment," said Wisniewski.
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politics lead

January 14th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

NJ GOP defends Christie, adds 'if a governor lies about what he knows, that's troublesome'

(CNN) - Following the release of damaging e-mails that showed an epic traffic jam was tied to his office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he was shocked and blindsided by the revelations within. He also said that the New Jersey State Assembly has every right to investigate the scandal.

And it won't just be Democrats on the Assembly committee probe. Republican New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick says he has reason to believe a "substantial number" of Republicans will also be on the committee investigating the governor.
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national lead

January 14th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Sheriff: 'Stand your ground' won't apply to ex-cop who allegedly shot texting dad at movies

(CNN) - It started Monday afternoon with a Florida father sending text messages during the previews of an afternoon movie.

It ended with the 43-year-old father shot dead amid the theater seats, and a 71-year-old retired police officer charged with second-degree murder.

The former cop, Curtis Reeves, was denied bond during his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Circuit Court Judge Lynn Tepper also ruled that there is "more than sufficient probable cause" for the second-degree murder charge to remain after hearing Reeves' private defense attorney argue against that.

The Florida sheriff's office investigating the case said Reeves would not be able to defend himself using the state's controversial "stand your ground" laws.

"It was determined that the stand your ground case - no, does not fly here in this case," says Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

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