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

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politics lead

March 5th, 2014
06:44 PM ET

Hear Hillary Clinton’s controversial remarks comparing Russia’s moves in Ukraine to Nazi Germany

(CNN) – It's been an ongoing war of words between the U.S. and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has apparently decided to skip right over the Cold War rhetoric and delicately phrased verbal jabs, by comparing Russia's leader to Adolf Hitler.

During a private fundraising event in southern California last night, Clinton drew parallels between Russian president Vladimir Putin's Ukraine strategy and Hitler's moves before World War II.
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world lead

March 5th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Were Kerry’s diplomatic efforts on Ukraine, Russia a swing and a miss?

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Paris Wednesday about the progress on a Ukraine deal, setting the bar rather low.

"I don't think any of us came here with the anticipation that in this moment, in this atmosphere of heightened tension and confrontation, that we're suddenly going to resolve that here this afternoon," Kerry said.
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politics lead

March 5th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Roundtable: When it comes to reining in Putin, does it matter who is president?

(CNN) – The President has been hammered by Republicans for his response to the continuing crisis in Ukraine.

But history looms over this conflict, and the parallels between the Obama administration's response now, and the Bush administration's stance back in 2008 during then-Prime Minster Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country of Georgia actually show some striking similarities.

Susan Glasser, editor at Politico Magazine and co-autor of "Kremlin Rising," and White House correspondent for Yahoo! News Olivier Knox discuss.

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politics lead

March 5th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Hillary Clinton clarifies 'impolitic' remarks

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clarified some controversial remarks Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Clinton said that the moves Russian President Vladimir Putin has made in Ukraine are similar to those Adolf Hitler and the Nazis made in the 1930s, saying Putin's rush to protect anyone of Russian descent in Crimea is reminiscent of what Hitler did to protect Germans before World War II.

"I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison, certainly. But I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before," Clinton said at a lecture at UCLA.
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politics lead

March 5th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Obama’s response to Russian invasion not that different from Bush’s

(CNN) – Russia's invasion of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula echoes the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.

The situations were different in many ways of course – Vladimir Putin was prime minister of Russia then, not president, though he was widely regarded to have been calling the shots. But in both cases, Russia sent troops into another sovereign country, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, upsetting an American president who had tried to improve relations
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