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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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March 17th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Profiling the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia plane

(CNN) – The cruel reality of an investigation like the one into Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, is that every one of the 239 people aboard the missing plane is both a possible victim, and a possible suspect.

How do investigators even begin to dissect all the information about all those lives, to look for answers?

Former assistant director of the FBI in New York Bill Gavin breaks it down for CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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March 17th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines passenger's partner says she's certain her soul mate is alive

Beijing (CNN) - Sarah Bajc has a bag packed, ready to join her partner of two years, a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, wherever he is.

She has included an outfit for him.

"Because he wouldn't want to wear his dirty old stuff anymore," she said of Phil Wood, a 51-year-old IBM executive. "And he probably wouldn't want to wear a hospital gown, if that's the case. So it's all ready."

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March 17th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Sen. Murphy: Sanctions against Russia don't do enough to curb Putin

(CNN) – Western powers slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials and their allies in Ukraine's Crimea region Monday, while Ukrainian officials vowed they would never accept the territory's annexation by Russia.

In Washington, President Barack Obama warned Moscow: "Further provocations will achieve nothing except to further isolate Russia and diminish its place in the world."

But Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, fresh off a congressional delegation to Ukraine, says today's sanctions do not go far enough.
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March 17th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

A closer look at the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

(CNN) – Those inclined to believe that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was no accident, are hopeful that a renewed focus on the pilots, crew, and passengers will bring everyone closer to the truth.

Malaysian investigators spent the weekend not only searching the pilot and co-pilots home, but delving into every aspect of their backgrounds.

CNN's Joe Johns has more on what they've uncovered so far.

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March 17th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Veteran pilot convinced plane’s disappearance done by expert pilot

(CNN) – The latest news and information on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lead one veteran pilot to at least one conclusion.

"It took a great deal of skill to do this," said aviation analyst and retired commercial pilot Jim Tilmon.
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