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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.

world lead

April 2nd, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Iranian hostage crisis figure seeks U.N. credentials

(CNN) - Iran has named a member of the radical student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for more than a year to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, the group of militants who seized the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

A U.S. official said the State Department has not yet responded to Aboutalebi's visa application to represent Iran at the United Nations.

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money lead

April 2nd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Analysis: GM will suffer long-lasting damage to its image because of recall

(CNN) – General Motors sales did not take a big hit in the wake of its recall scandal, topping analysts' expectations Tuesday.

While the financial toll will "not be crippling" for the company, the damage to GM's brand will be long-lasting, says Reuters managing editor Paul Ingrassia, author of "Engines of Change."

"In terms of their image and reputation, which is a huge part of selling cars ... this is going to be a problem, I think, for a long time," says Ingrassia.
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world lead

April 2nd, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Investigators say all passengers on Flight 370 have been cleared

(CNN) – Investigators have cleared all 227 passengers of any role in hijacking or sabotage and of having personal or psychological issues that might have played a role in Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance, the inspector general of Malaysian police, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters.

But experts, including a former FBI official, remain skeptical. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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April 2nd, 2014
05:18 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines pushes for more security

(CNN) – In the wake of the disappearance of Flight 370, Malaysia Airlines is emphasizing more cockpit security.

Aviation experts Miles O'Brien and David Soucie weigh in on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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buried lead

April 2nd, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Congressman: Iran's pick for U.N. a 'slap in the face'

(CNN) – Iran has named a member of the radical student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for more than a year to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

Echoing former hostages, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel called the move "a real slap in the face."

Iran's pick is Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, the group of militants who seized the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

"The Iranians should withdraw their nomination and should send somebody else," said Engel. "All of us that were alive at the time remember that hostage crisis, and that is not something, I think, that we can just turn a blind eye toward."

For more of our interview with Rep. Engel, check out the video above.

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