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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

national lead

May 14th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Take a tour inside the new 9/11 Museum

(CNN) – Where 110 stories of Twin Towers once reached out to the heavens, today cascading water falls into the void that remains.

This week, more than 12 years on from that horrific day, the National September 11 Memorial Museum will be dedicated and opened to the public on May 21.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is now chairman of the memorial. He gave CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" a private tour.
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world lead

May 14th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Glenn Greenwald: New NSA surveillance scoop will reveal American targets

(CNN) – It's not every day that Chelsea Manning gets good news.

In August, Manning asked the military for transgender hormone therapy. Now, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has approved a request for the army to try to work out a plan that would get manning into a civilian prison where she could get that treatment.

But in a statement, the Pentagon makes clear that "no decision to transfer Private Manning to a civilian detention facility has been made."

The former army intelligence analyst, formerly known as Pvt. Bradley Edward Manning, is currently serving a 35-year sentence for one of the biggest security leaks in American history. He funneled hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to the website 'Wikileaks.'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden likely faces a similar prison term, says Glenn Greenwald, investigative journalist for First Look Media.
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politics lead

May 14th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Rick Santorum: Establishment GOP don't have a clue on how to fix key problem

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the GOP has a problem, and they know it.

"Areas where we should be winning, like in Ohio, and in Michigan, places where the economy is not strong, where the Obama administration policies have hurt there ... they're not voting for us," says Santorum, author of the new book "Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works."

Establishment Republicans "realize we have a problem there. I don't think they have any clue how to fix it," says Santorum.
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national lead

May 14th, 2014
04:48 PM ET

Firefighters wary of hot winds fanning San Diego-area wildfire

(CNN) - Hundreds of firefighters were battling Wednesday to contain a San Diego wildfire, concerned that California's so-called devil winds would ignite flareups, authorities said.

Meanwhile, more than 20 miles away, another fire Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of amusement park rides at Legoland in Carlsbad, the resort said on its Facebook page.

Back at the San Diego fire, authorities were concerned that hot, dry gusts called Santa Ana winds would set back their efforts since Tuesday morning to contain the wildfire, which improved overnight to 25% from 5%, said Cal Fire incident commander Ray Chaney.

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national lead

May 14th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

CDC official: We're not taking any chances with MERS

(CNN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the incubation period for MERS is about five days, but it could last as long as two weeks.

"We're not taking any chances, and we're just watching people for a full 14 days," says Dr. David Swerdlow, head of MERS response activities at the CDC.

"We don't know exactly how it's transmitted, and who could get the virus ... we're monitoring everybody, we're asking everybody to take temperatures, to call the health department if they get sick," says Swerdlow.
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