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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

pop lead

March 4th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

New York Times corrects article about '12 Years a Slave' - 161 years later

(CNN) – It's a correction more than 160 years in the making.

In its Tuesday edition, The New York Times published a correctionfor an article that ran on January 20, 1853.

The newspaper has Hollywood and Twitter to thank for bringing the error to light.

The Times explained that the article in question told the story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

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politics lead

March 4th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

Roundtable: What's the GOP's alternate plan on Ukraine? Is there one?

(CNN) – There's a fine line between crazy, and crazy like a fox.

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright had blunt words about Russian strong-man Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

"Putin is in many ways I think delusional about it," Albright told CNN's "New Day."
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world lead

March 4th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Ukrainian protesters concerned West hasn't acted quickly enough

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry scolded the Russian government during his visit Tuesday to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of "making up" reasons to invade Ukraine.

He issued a warning for Russia to essentially reel itself in, or suffer the consequences.

"If Russia does not choose to deescalate if it is not willing to work directly with the government of Ukraine as we hope they will be then our partners will have absolutely no choice but to join us to continue to expand up on steps we have taken in recent days in order to isolate Russia politically, diplomatically ... and economically," Kerry said.

CNN's Anderson Cooper is in Kiev, and said while Ukrainian protesters appreciated Kerry's visit, they are still concerned that the U.S. and the European Union have not acted fast enough to punish Putin, and isolate him diplomatically and economically.

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March 4th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Sen. Menedez: Putin's playing Russian roulette, with gun aimed at international community's head

(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to acknowledge the forces in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula are even Russian, but a commander of troops – who are wearing Russian uniforms without identifying insignia and driving vehicles bearing Russian plates – was frank. He told CNN he came from a Russian city near Crimea and had been dispatched by his commanding officer from Sevastopol to a ferry port on the eastern side of the Crimean peninsula.

Conservatives are saying President Barack Obama is partly to blame for Putin's bold moves.

"We have created a leadership vacuum in the world, and it is filled by the Putins in the world, by people without our values or our interest. And it's to the detriment of the United States and our friends and allies around the world. It is the United States that's injected that instability into the world equation,” former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsefeld told Fox News.

But Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senat Foreign Relations Committee, said the blame lies solely on Putin's shoulders.
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March 4th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Ukrainian, Russian warships on the move in key Black Sea channel

(CNN) – Russian troops have taken positions in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, as world leaders scramble to find a solution to this conflict.

Now, moves at sea are also raising the stakes, in a key channel into the Black Sea, a Turkish waterway identified as a world oil transit choke point by the U.S. government.

The Bosphorus Strait was the scene of a tense situation involving a key Ukrainian warship that CNN's Ivan Watson was tailing off the coast of Turkey.

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