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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

January 23rd, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Debate: How to close the gap between rich and poor

(CNN) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to reporters in Washington, D.C., Thursday, defending why he thinks his proposal to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers made sense.

"This question of inequality and the lack of opportunity - people are feeling this all over the country, mayors feel this because we're closer to the ground," said de Blasio. "I think this will be the paradigm going forward while we work to get Washington into the game."

The President seems to agree.

"We've still got a lot more to do to deliver a vision that we all share, which is an America where if you work hard you can make it," Obama said at a White House meeting with de Blasio and other mayors last month.

Obama is also expected to talk about income inequality in his State of the Union address next week.

So is this about fulfilling campaign promises, both for de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, or is it a larger fight against income inequality with national implications?

Former Republican U.S. congressman from New York Rick Lazio, now a partner at law firm Jones Walker, and contributing editor for The Atlantic and the National Journal Peter Beinart discuss.

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