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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

national lead

February 4th, 2014
06:52 PM ET

Wrinkled skin and lost teeth: FDA launches teen anti-smoking campaign

(CNN) – Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent "human disaster" that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.
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politics lead

February 4th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Congressman: Obama has a 'schizophrenic policy' on pot

(CNN) - The President said he does not think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, according to a recent interview with The New Yorker.

But when CNN asked him if he was willing to downgrade pot from a "Schedule One" narcotic, a category reserved for substances like heroin and LSD, Obama put the responsibility on Congress to make the move.

But according the Drug Enforcement Administration's own website, the President's Attorney General has the authority to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules," if he thinks it's been mislabeled.

"This is a confusion, it's a schizophrenic policy as far as the federal government, along with state and local laws that are heading in opposite directions," Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Check out more of our interview with Congressman Mica in the video above.

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politics lead

February 4th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Roundtable: Obamacare will result in 2 million fewer workers, but mostly by workers' 'choice'

(CNN) - A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare, on the U.S. economy by the year 2021 found that the new law could cause 2.3 million people to drop out of the workforce.

But, reading the fine print, the report states that the dip will come "almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply."
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world lead

February 4th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Homeland Security Chair: Syria-trained terrorists returning to U.S. is 'one of the highest security threats'

(CNN) - Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified last week in front of the Senate Intelligence committee that the al Qaeda tied group in Syria, al-Nusra Front, has "aspirations" for attacks in the U.S.

How real is the threat that these groups have capabilities to attack here in the U.S.?
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pop lead

February 4th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

'Jeopardy!' champion Arthur Chu: Villain or hero?

(CNN)"Jeopardy!" champion Arthur Chu has so far won $102,800 in a four-game winning streak that is dividing fans of the popular game show.

The 30-year-old insurance analyst and aspiring actor has been both criticized and praised for turning the game on its head.

Instead of completing categories from top to bottom, Chu jumps around the board to find the Daily Doubles, sometimes bets odd amounts on them, and places final wagers to tie instead of win the game.

But he's not the first game-theory devotee to take "Jeopardy!" by storm.

"Everything I have done has been done by past champions," Chu told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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