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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

national lead

April 28th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Tornadoes hit community three years apart

(CNN) – The storms have moved beyond Arkansas for now, where 10 of the 16 deaths confirmed so far happened in a single county. There is fear the death toll could go up, because many are still missing.

The terror that came when it was time to duck and cover came with an eerie sense of déjà vu for this community.

CNN's George Howell reports.

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national lead

April 28th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Twisters rock Mississippi

(CNN) - People in northern Mississippi and Alabama huddled in hallways and basements as a string of tornadoes ripped through their states Monday, a day after another line of storms killed 16 people to their west.

Several buildings were destroyed or damaged in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a suspected twister hit the north and west sides of that city.

"We've got everybody in place, just ready to respond when needed, and as needed," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Residents have been warned that this is not the time to "take a risk, to go somewhere unnecessarily, it's the time to be in your home in a safe room in your home," said Shelton.

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money lead

April 28th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Analysis: Sterling's racist comments make Paula Deen look like Rosa Parks

(CNN) – When news of racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling first broke, brand expert Howard Bragman predicted it would be Sterling's undoing.

"It's over. He made Paula Deen look like Rosa Parks," Bragman tweeted.

"All this guy can do is transition over the leadership or ownership of the team to somebody else and get out of the glare as quickly as possible," Bragman said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
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world lead

April 28th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Obama's foreign policy debated

(CNN) – Hundreds of demonstrators chanting "down with Putin" were attacked and beaten with bats and batons by pro-Russian groups in Donetsk, Ukraine Monday. Nearby, a homemade bomb exploded, taking the life of one Ukrainian soldier and injuring another, according to Ukrainian officials.

The violence comes as the President, who's wrapping up a 7-day trip to Asia, is trying to defend his foreign policy to his critics.

"Typically criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force and the question I think I would have is, why is it that every one is so eager to use military force, after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished? My job as commander-in-chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely," President Barack Obama said Monday.

The defense comes as the White House announces new sanctions against Russia.

CNN political commentator and contributing editor for The Atlantic and National Journal Peter Beinhart and director of The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Nile Gardiner discuss.

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sports lead

April 28th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Donald Sterling for 'plantation mentality' comments

(CNN) – NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "outrageous."

"We are supposed to be a society that has stepped past that and we see evidence everywhere we look that the bad old days really are not over," Abdul-Jabbar said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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