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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

February 3rd, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Analysis: Talk of Romney running again reflects current Christie problems

(CNN) - Whether it's on the NFL honors red carpet, in the pages of The New York Times, or in the middle of a sexy slow-jam on "The Late Show," the Romneys have been very clear when they say: Count us out in 2016.

But if Mitt Romney isn't running again, what's he suddenly doing back in the limelight?

New York Times reporter Ashley Parker, and national political reporter for CNN.com Peter Hamby discuss.

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national lead

February 3rd, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Snow Storm sacks Super Bowl travelers

(CNN) - It's a sad day to be a Denver Broncos fan trying to get out of Super Bowl country.

The day after the Broncos' crushing 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, many fans trying to fly out of the New York region were stuck.

At least 6 inches of snow is expected to fall Monday on New York, and Philadelphia may get up to 10 inches.

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world lead

February 3rd, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Does Kerry think Obama's Syria policy is failing?

(CNN) - Has Secretary of State John Kerry split from the administration's official stance on Syria? Kerry returned late Sunday from a trip to Munich, Germany, where he spoke at a security conference, and met with officials from Israel and the Ukraine.

He also sat down with more than a dozen members of a bipartisan congressional delegation in a closed door meeting, and gave a frank assessment of the situation in Syria. After the meeting, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham told reporters that Kerry said the U.S. has to change its strategy on Syria.

"Kerry tells senators that Obama Syria policy is collapsing," was the headline for reporter Jeffrey Goldberg's column on Bloomberg View. He joined "The Lead" to discuss the latest developments.

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pop lead

February 3rd, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) - The first time most of us remember seeing actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was as a rich jerk in "Scent of a Woman."

A few years later he was an adrenaline junkie chasing tornadoes in "Twister." His character Dusty was the best and only thing I still remember about that film. Recognizing the rich jerk who had suddenly become a scrappy storm chaser, I was amazed at his versatility.
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world lead

February 3rd, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Dozens of 'black widows' under house arrest for Sochi Olympics

(CNN) - In an attempt to keep a lid on all possible threats, the Russia government is putting the widows of what they call militants under house arrest until the Sochi Olympics are over.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

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