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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.

world lead

February 28th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

What is Putin's game plan in Ukraine?

(CNN) – Tension dramatically mounted in Ukraine's Crimea region Friday as its ambassador to the United Nations warned Russia against any further violation of its territorial borders, a warning that came as the United States urged Russia to pull back from the region or face possible consequences.
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politics lead

February 28th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

What we found in the Clinton documents

(CNN) – A new look at the inner workings of the Clinton White House emerged Friday, with the National Archives and Records Administration releasing a first batch of confidential memos and papers.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 pages of documents came out shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

Highlights from the Clinton White House documents | View the documents

Heavy demand appeared to disable the website of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library for some users in the first minutes after the documents were released.

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pop lead

February 28th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Seth Rogen: It's not just about the testimony of a 'stoner, idiot, actor'

(CNN) – Actor Seth Rogen slammed senators for ignoring not only his personal pleas for more Alzheimer's funding and research, but those of a former colleague.

"I could totally understand if they didn't want to hear the testimony of a stoner, idiot, actor," Rogen told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Honestly, to me the most distressing thing is another (lawmaker), who these guys actually knew, was talking about how he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's," said Rogen, referring to the testimony of former Congressman Dennis Moore.

Researchers and statisticians also testified, detailing the financial toll of Alzheimer's, and "they still couldn't be bothered to hang around to hear it," said Rogen.
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world lead

February 28th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

Political tension grows in Ukraine's Crimea region

Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) - Political tension roiled in Ukraine's Crimea region Friday, as U.S. officials received assurances that Russian military activities there were routine and not intended as a threat to Ukraine sovereignty.

At the same time, Ukrainian officials grappled with rising secessionist passions in the Russian-majority region and faced major disruptions to airport and communications services.

The region's airspace was closed Friday. Further, the government accused Russian Black Sea forces of trying to seize two airports in Crimea but said Ukrainian security forces had prevented them from taking control.

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politics lead

February 27th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Christie aides mocked rabbi in texts

(CNN) – Did you hear the one about the rabbi, a top aide to the governor, and the airport? Well, it's actually no laughing matter, at least not for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Newly released documents show that David Wildstein, who at the time was a top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, sent Bridget Anne Kelly, then a top aide to Christie, a photo last August that included a rabbi, saying: "he has officially pissed me off."

Kelly responded: "clearly," and "we cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house can we?"

Wildstein's reply: "Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed."
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