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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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What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

politics lead

January 27th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Rand Paul says Bill Clinton's predatory behavior will be 'a factor' for Hillary

(CNN) - It is no secret that Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, may be running for president in 2016, and may end up facing Hillary Clinton. Now, voters may already be getting a taste of what that match up might look like. Paul was asked Sunday about a comment his wife made, arguing that former President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his potential return to the White House as first husband.

"I would say his behavior was predatory, offensive to women," Kelley Ashby Paul, the senator's wife, told Vogue magazine.

"Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? Really. Then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a war on women? So yes, I think it's a factor. It's not Hillary's fault," Paul told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Asked whether her husband's scandal should affect the former Secretary of State's chances if she decides to run for president, Paul said "sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other."

President of the Center for American Progress and former policy director for Clinton's 2008 campaign Neera Tanden, and senior editor at National Review Ramesh Ponnuru join "The Lead" to discuss.

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national lead

January 27th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Congressman: When it comes to mental health, U.S. is 'acting like a third world country'

(CNN) - Far too often, a seemingly random act of violence occurs, and then a closer look finds the attackers showed signs of mental instability or extreme aggression long before the attack.

But even in instances where family members and friends attempt to get help for loved ones, their efforts aren't always enough. Such was the case with Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, who was attacked last year by his own son. After stabbing his father, Austin Deeds, took his own life. Less than 24 hours before, he had undergone a mental health evaluation and was under an emergency custody order. But he was released, because there weren't enough beds to keep him in the psychiatric unit.

What happened to Deeds is a disturbing reality for many families, and the consequences are often equally devastating.

"The biggest barriers for people getting mental health treatment is the federal and state government. We don't have enough hospital beds," said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, who is pushing new legislation for changes in the mental health system on both the federal and state level.
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politics lead

January 27th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Democratic senator: 'Irresponsible and shocking' to compare attacks on income inequality to Nazis

(CNN) - Aides to President Barack Obama have been previewing what to expect from the President during tomorrow's State of the Union, highlighting a push on income inequality, and fighting discrimination against the long-term unemployed.

In what appeared to be a preemptive rebuttal to the speech, a venture capitalist compared taxation and higher taxes on the rich, to the Holocaust in a letter to the editor of "The Wall Street Journal."

"I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich,"" wrote venture capitalist Tom Perkins.

"I just find that so irresponsible and really, really shocking," Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

January 27th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

No signs of depression in mall gunman's journal, family spokesman says

(CNN) - The journal of a 19-year-old accused of killing two people at a Maryland mall over the weekend contains typical teenage writings about acne and rejection by girls, but nothing to indicate he was depressed, a family friend said Monday.

According to police, Darion Aguilar took a taxi to The Mall in Columbia on Saturday morning and then fired as many as nine shots from a shotgun into a skateboard apparel shop, killing 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson before fatally shooting himself.

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world lead

January 27th, 2014
05:16 PM ET

Sochi gearing up to be the most corrupt games ever

(CNN) - At an estimated cost of over $50 billion dollars, the Sochi Olympics is already the most expensive games ever. But now it's also being called the most corrupt.
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