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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

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Plus, a look at Vladimir Putin's international image.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Plus, a look at Vladimir Putin's international image.

money lead

May 5th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Lego may be poised to become the next Disney

(CNN) – Lego is seemingly everywhere these days. Last night "The Simpsons" melded their animation with a full 3D-generated Lego Springfield for the show's 550th episode.

Singer Lady Gaga tapped a Lego artist to turn her torso into yellow bricks for her latest music video.

There is even a Lego documentary that premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, featuring "AFOLS" – adult fans of Lego.

It all comes on the heels of a massive year for the Danish toy maker. Lego reported $1.1 billion in profits for 2013, making it the most profitable toy company in the world.

Not bad for a company with an expired patent that nearly went belly up a decade ago.
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sports lead

May 5th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Analysis: Media 'complicit' in not going after Sterling's racism in the past

(CNN) – Sports Illustrated published an anecdote Wednesday that its editors axed 14 years ago.

"Shortly after the clippers made Danny Manning the top pick of the 1988 NBA draft, team owner Donald Sterling invited the player and his agent, Ron Grinker, to talk contract in Beverly Hills. It was recounted to me how Sterling lounged around his mansion in a bathrobe open to his navel, wearing nothing underneath," reporter Frank Lidz wrote back in 2000.

The bizarre story goes on to talk about Sterling whipping his son with a belt.

"In these cases everybody says, well, (former NBA commissioner) David Stern knew this guy was in his league, and crazy racist Uncle Donald has been around a long time, and how could the owners tolerate this? Well guess what, we as the media have to also be complicit in this as well," says The Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise.
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politics lead

May 5th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Analysis: Are Democrats in for a 'shellacking' in 2014 midterms?

(CNN) - New CNN/ORC poll numbers released Monday show Americans remain unhappy with President Barack Obama's performance.

Only 43% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president, according to this latest survey.

The President has been stuck in the low 40s since the new year. Can he do anything to get his numbers above water before the midterms? CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana bash and USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page discuss.

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world lead

May 5th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Parents of kidnapped girls are fed up with Nigerian government

(CNN) – Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan criticized the parents of more than 200 kidnapped girls for not cooperating with the police, and not sharing information.

"It's a little bit of blaming the victim," says human rights attorney Nicole Lee, outgoing president of TransAfrica Forum.
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politics lead

May 5th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

GOP senator: Arming Ukrainian forces will 'change Russia's behavior'

(CNN) – The U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine has been sanctions, and more sanctions.

But a group of Republican senators says it's time the U.S. did more, like send weapons to bolster Ukrainian forces.

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, is sponsoring a bill that would do just that.
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