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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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Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

buried lead

May 1st, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Wounded warrior: I've done more with one leg, than I would have with two

Crawford, Texas (CNN) – Sixteen wounded veterans joined their former commander-in-chief, former President George W. Bush, for the Warrior 100k, a bike race to raise awareness for veterans issues.

One of the riders is 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell, a retired Army cavalry officer participating in her second W100K.

Stockwell lost her left leg when an improvised explosive hit the Humvee she was riding in during a deployment to Iraq in 2004. She is thought to be the first woman to lose a limb in active combat. She wears a hip-down prosthetic leg.

"To be out here with these other wounded warriors and the (former) president, it's surreal," said Stockwell.

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world lead

May 1st, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Ukraine crisis: Central government's authority is collapsing

(CNN) – When the Ukrainian president said he had lost control of eastern Ukraine, he wasn't kidding.

Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters Thursday, but they were no match for the sticks and stones of pro-Russian protesters who just took over another government building near the border.

If that wasn't embarrassing enough, in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded the Ukrainians pull back their troops from the eastern region of their own country.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

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politics lead

May 1st, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Analysis: Should Jeb run?

(CNN) – So could a phone call with his big brother former President George W. Bush be enough to lure Jeb Bush into the race?

But for 32 years, there was either a Bush or a Clinton in the White House or the cabinet. That's a fact the former Florida governor is is aware of, too.

CNN analyst, and Politico's senior political writer for politico Maggie Haberman, and CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger discuss the pros and cons of Jeb Bush jumping in.

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world lead

May 1st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

MH370 report: Mixed messages ate up time before official search initiated

(CNN) – Confusion, misleading information and then long periods of nothing marked the first hours of what's now known as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

It took air traffic controllers more than four hours after the last conversation with the cockpit to activate rescuers to look for the missing plane, which left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8 with 239 people on board.


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May 1st, 2014
06:07 PM ET

New phase in search for Flight 370

(CNN) – As a new report brings up more questions about how exactly Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was lost, the mission to find it continues.

The unmanned autonomous vehicle Bluefin-21, which uses underwater sonar, has up until now focused on an area surrounding the location of a detected ping, possibly from the plane's data recorders.

But with no sign of the plane, the underwater search must move on to nearby areas where they hope to find evidence.

Australia's former aviation minister and Ambassador to the U.S Kim Beazley joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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