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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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How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

pop lead

May 6th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Stars boycott famous Beverly Hills Hotel over its links to Sharia law

(CNN) – The Beverly Hills Hotel – nicknamed "The Pink Palace" – is where stars have flocked since Beverly Hills was nothing but lima bean fields.

Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned in the bungalows out back six times. Over the last hundred years, everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Brad Pitt could be spotted at the hotel.

But as CNN's Ted Rowlands reports, the sultan who owns it managed to alienate his famous clientele so much that Hollywood is taking its after-parties and coke binges elsewhere.

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world lead

May 6th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Menendez: More sanctions against Russia needed

(CNN) – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez is calling for U.S. sanctions that would target specific Russian companies.
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world lead

May 6th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Analysis: Boko Haram poses wider threat

(CNN) – Terror group Boko Haram has been called Nigeria's Taliban. They have declared war on western education, especially women getting a western education, and claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls last month.

How dangerous are they, and how big a threat could they be to the entire region?

Deputy director and fellow at the Africa Program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies Richard Downie weighs in.

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national lead

May 6th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

New White House report says climate change impacts U.S. now

(CNN) – The White House was out in full force Tuesday, pushing one of President Barack Obama's big second term priorities: recognizing the effects of climate change.

Read: Climate change is here and action needed now, new White House report says

This morning the administration pushed out the third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Put together by 300 experts, the report is more than 800 pages, and finds "climate change is happening now."

Floods, hurricanes, drought, extreme heat, wildfires, the assesmemt reads like a passage out of the bible

CNN's Tom Foreman walks us through on the immediate effects highlighted by the report.

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politics lead

May 6th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Roundtable: Senate up for grabs, Jeb Bush tops poll, Lewinsky returns

(CNN) – Election day is still six months away, but in many ways the political season, and the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, starts today in North Carolina, where it's primary day.

Voters are heading to the polls to decide the most important race you've never heard of, a race where three main challengers are vying for a chance to knock off incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican establishment has bet big on state house speaker Thom Tillis. Marquee names like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and, as of yesterday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, are in Tillis' corner. The main goal is to avoid a run-off that would drag out the primary season another two months.

But not so fast. The Republican party's feisty grassroots wings are making this almost as nasty as the Duke-UNC rivalry

CNN political analyst Gloria Borger and The New York Time' Jonathan Martin dissect the latest political news.

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