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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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The latest news and analysis on the U.S. and several Arab nations striking ISIS targets in Syria.

The latest news and analysis on the U.S. and several Arab nations striking ISIS targets in Syria.

pop lead

January 17th, 2014
07:03 PM ET

Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party the hottest ticket in town?

(CNN) - An invitation to a White House dance party Saturday night to celebrate Michelle Obama's 50th birthday is the hottest ticket in town.

Think less inaugural ball, and more "Saturday Night Fever." While the First Lady may be sending tweets about joining AARP, she's known for her dancing prowess. The party's host – the President - has told guests to wear comfortable shoes.

"She's got a really fun loving streak. She loves to dance. She loves music and why not, you know, you only turn 50 once so why not make the most of it," said The Chicago Tribune's Katherine Skiba, who has covered the First Lady since the Obamas entered the White House in 2009.
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sports lead

January 17th, 2014
06:53 PM ET

UNC investigating claims over athletes' reading ability

(CNN) - The University of North Carolina has launched its own investigation into claims highlighted by CNN that too many of its student-athletes read poorly.

Chancellor Carol Folt posted an open letter to campus, saying: "I take these claims very seriously, but we have been unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with those data currently being cited as the source for the claims. Moreover, the data presented in the media do not match up with those data gathered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions."

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politics lead

January 17th, 2014
06:50 PM ET

Barbara Bush hopes Jeb won't run for president

(CNN) – If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush makes a bid for the White House, he may not have his mother's blessing.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

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buried lead

January 17th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Online avengers seek justice for sexual assault and cyber bully victims

(CNN) - From Steubenville to Maryville, Canada to California, all too often there is news of sexual assault allegations that lead to the alleged victims being victimized all over again by cyber bullies.
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national lead

January 17th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

Surgeon general: 'Sex and the City,' movies that glamorize lighting up play a factor in rise in smoking

(CNN) - A new report is asking Hollywood to put down the cigarette, at least for the characters in their films and TV shows.

According to the surgeon general's report, more than 2 million people under 25 were smoking in 2012, up from 1.9 million ten years earlier. Why the jump for kids when overall smoking is on the decline? Maybe because Hollywood is still making it look just so cool.
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