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national lead

February 13th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

No snow day for New York City kids

(CNN) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference Thursday to give an update on the roads and weather, but all he got were questions about why the schools were kept open.

"We, unlike certain other cities in this country, we don't shut down in the face of some adversity," de Blasio said. "Based on the information we have, it was abundantly clear we were not going to have the kind of overwhelming snow that would make it impossible for kids to get to school."

Did New York's mayor just take a swipe at Washington, D.C.? And more importantly, did he make the right decision?

"I think a rock and a hard place to make that decision," Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Check out more of our interview with Gale Brewer in the video above.

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national lead

February 13th, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Philly area county official: February snow storms wreaking more havoc than Sandy

(CNN) – At least 12 deaths have been blamed on the severe weather across the nation. On Thursday, snow walloped Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.

A winter storm hit Philadelphia just last week.

"We get about 2,400 calls to our 911 center each day. We got nearly 8,000 calls from the storm last week. By comparison during Sandy, about 6,500 calls at the height," Josh Shapiro, chair Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, told CNN.

"We saw more damage, more power outage in this storm than during Sandy," said Shapiro.

The area is currently expecting between 14 to 18 inches of snow. Shapiro described the period now as the calm between the two storms.

CNN's Margaret Conley reports.

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national lead

February 13th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Winter storm grounds 1.2 million air travelers

(CNN)- Even if you live as far away as California, the winter storm may have found a way to ruin your weekend.

The number of people affected by flight cancellations nationwide is "1.2 million and climbing," says travel expert Mark Murphy, founder of TravelPulse.com.

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politics lead

February 13th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Roundtable: Will Biden make a bid for 2016?

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden told CNN that he'd make a decision on whether or not to run for president by the summer of 2015.

If it's a yes, this would be his third run. But how likely is it that Biden makes a bid before Hillary Clinton makes up her mind?

USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page, and CNN political commentator and New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza join the lead to discuss.

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money lead

February 13th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Al Franken unleashed: Comcast merger bad for consumers

(CNN) – Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States.

If the deal is approved, the combined group will be the country's dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections, reaching roughly one in three American homes.

But Democratic Senator Al Franken says the deal would hurt consumers.

"There's not enough competition, we need more competition, not less. This is going exactly in the wrong direction," Franken said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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