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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

money lead

April 25th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

GM recall hurts first quarter profits

Kai Ryssdal, host of radio show Marketplace, talks to CNN's Jake Tapper about General Motors and how a delayed recall has been disastrous for the company's profits.

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buried lead

April 25th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

How Disney films helped a boy with autism break through

(CNN) – When a father sees his son slip away he looks for answers wherever he can find them. What he didn't expect is that Disney movies, and more importantly the characters, would give him a connection with his autistic son he thought was gone forever. In his new book, "Life, Animated" author Ron Suskind recounts how Iago from "The Lion King" was just one example of how Disney brought his son back to him.

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world lead

April 25th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

State Department claims Ukraine policy working

(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has totally brushed off the effectiveness of sanctions, but State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki claims the sanctions are having an impact.

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world lead

April 25th, 2014
05:13 PM ET

Obama visiting Asia with Ukraine teetering

(CNN) – A busload of 13 people, most of them military observers from Europe, were taken hostage by pro-Russia militants in an eastern Ukraine city held by separatists on Friday, according to Ukraine’s interior ministry.

This show of violence is an ominous sign that the situation inside that country is spinning out of control.

President Barack Obama again warned Russia of imminent consequences, but he did so at a time when much of his attention is taken up by his trip through Asia.

politics lead

April 25th, 2014
05:05 PM ET

House Speaker mocks fellow Republicans as cry babies

(CNN) – Speaker of the House John Boehner opened up about what he really thinks is holding up immigration reform: fellow Republicans!

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