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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

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 20th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Columnist to America: Loud, screaming black men are not by default thugs

(CNN) - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman put on quite a show both during and after his team's NFC championship victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
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buried lead

January 20th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Activist: Hunt, slaughter of dolphins at Japan's Taiji Cove 'morally reprehensible'

(CNN) - Dolphins are among the most intelligent beings on the planet, and right now more than 200 are trapped in a cove in southwest Japan, where they have had nothing to eat for more than three days.

"It's morally reprehensible on almost every level," Louie Psihoyos says director of "The Cove," the Oscar-winning documentary that followed one of the previous hunts using hidden cameras. The film sparked an uproar. Psihoyos is also executive director of The Oceanic Preservation Society.
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politics lead

January 20th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Christie accused of withholding Hurricane Sandy funds

(CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be sworn-in for his second term Tuesday. The "Bridgegate" scandal, the audit of whether Christie misused Hurricane Sandy relief money on ads, his hero Bruce Springsteen making fun of him on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" - all those recent career low-lights have actually been part of his first term.

Today, as Christie prepares to take the oath of office once again, the specter of Hurricane Sandy is coming back to haunt him. The disaster devastated parts of his state, and initially sent his approval rating skyrocketing for the way he handled it. But now, his actions in the wake of Sandy are under new scrutiny.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

January 20th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Red flags about shooter ignored before school shooting?

(CNN) - As if losing your child in a senseless school shooting isn't devastating enough, imagine how difficult it must be as a parent to hear there's a chance it could have been prevented.
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world lead

January 20th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime

(CNN) - A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found "direct evidence" of "systematic torture and killing" by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the lawyers on the team say in a new report.

Their report, based on thousands of photographs of dead bodies of alleged detainees killed in Syrian government custody, would stand up in an international criminal tribunal, the group says.

CNN's "Amanpour" was given the report in a joint exclusive with The Guardian newspaper.

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