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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.

world lead

April 1st, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Not finding Flight 370 could be a missed opportunity for change

(CNN) – The history of aviation reads like an equation: Accidents equal safety and security improvements.

In 1983, a fire broke out in a lavatory on Air Canada Flight 797. The plane landed but 23 people on-board died. After that, smoke detectors and automatic fire extinguishers were mandated in aircraft lavatories.

In 1996, hazardous cargo on ValuJet Flight 592 caught fire. The plane crashed in the Florida everglades and 110 people died. It led to new cargo hold safety rules.

Not finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 or its data recorders could be a missed opportunity for change.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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politics lead

April 1st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Obama says 7.1 million sign up for health care

Washington (CNN) - After a surge on the last day of open enrollment, Obamacare met the original White House target of 7 million sign-ups, President Barack Obama said Tuesday at what amounts to a victory for his administration.

In fact, he said at a White House ceremony the number of people who picked a plan on federal and state exchanges was slightly over the threshold at 7.1 million.

On Monday, the final day for Americans to sign up on the federal exchanges, more than 4.8 million visits were made to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls were made to the call center, officials said.

Obama said the health care law has "made our health care system a lot better" by allowing millions of Americans to access insurance who previously didn't have it.

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world lead

April 1st, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Global airline group forming task force in wake of Flight 370

(CNN) – The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, prompts the need to know what happened to prevent future potential air disasters.

"The first lesson clearly is that we need to be in the position no track air crafts through the entire length of their flights even if it goes outside normal radar coverage," said Tony Tyler, general director of International Air Transport Association, or IATA.

The organization is forming a task force to make recommendations about how to keep track of planes.

IATA's head of corporate communications for the Americas Perry Flint joins "The Lead" to discuss.

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politics lead

April 1st, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Analysis: Is the enrollment surge for Obamacare a game changer for the White House?

(CNN) – The enrollment surge for the Affordable Care Act is more than just a numbers game, it could be President Barack Obama's legacy on the line.

Even Vice President Joe Biden didn't seem to think the administration was going to hit its target of 7 million back in February.

"We may not get to seven, we may get to five or six, and that's a hell of a start," Biden said.

But after a surge on the last day of open enrollment, Obamacare met the original White House target, President Barack Obama said Tuesday at what amounts to a victory for his administration.

So is this a game changer for the White House? And will the new numbers help vulnerable Democrats running for re-election in 2014? CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, and former Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland discuss.

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world lead

April 1st, 2014
05:11 PM ET

How long could it take to find Flight 370?

(CNN) – Referring to the uncertainty of the search zone for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Australian former military chief leading the hunt said, "We are working from a very, very uncertain starting point."

Are the Australians taking a more realistic approach to the time it will take to find this plane? CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien and commercial airline pilot and aviation consultant Captain John Gadzinski weigh in.


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