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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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national lead

May 16th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Ted Kennedy's widow on a new tribute to the late senator

(CNN) – To his supporters, Ted Kennedy was "the liberal lion."

"The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on," he said during a rousing speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention brought the house down.

He passed away exactly one year later.

Now, a tribute is being built to a man who spent four decades of his life in the Senate.

Construction crews are already at work on the Edward M. Kennedy institute in Dorchester, just south of Boston, a 65,000 square-foot facility which will include a full-size replica of the U.S. Senate chamber.

Victoria Kennedy, co-founder the institute, and the widow of the late senator, tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" what the institute means to her personally, and what it aims to accomplish.

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politics lead

May 16th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Democrats try to paint Koch brothers as bogeymen

Next week, CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" will take a look at Democratic donors.

Washington (CNN) - Flooding the airwaves this election year in battleground states across the country are Democratic ads featuring two men not on any ballot, and not even politicians.

They're the Koch brothers, billionaire businessmen and GOP mega donors.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes the unusual step of regularly ripping Charles and David Koch from the Senate floor. He says they have "no conscience," calling them "un-American." And now, is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban the kind of anonymous political giving the Kochs engage in and, some experts say, perfected.

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national lead

May 16th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Fmr. investigator suspects arson in California wildfires

(CNN) – Some of the fires raging through California may have been set intentionally, says Jeff Carle, former assistant fire chief for San Diego.

"My believe is just based on the fact that there were so many," says Carle, who spent 20 years investigating suspicious fires.
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money lead

May 16th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

GM to pay $35 million over delayed recall, but victims won't see a penny

New York (CNNMoney) – General Motors agreed to pay a $35 million fine to settle a federal probe into the 10-year delay of its ignition switch recall, federal safety regulators announced Friday.

GM had already admitted that its employees knew of problems with the ignition switch as early as 2004. The flaw caused some cars to shut off while driving, disabling airbags, anti-lock brakes and power steering. It has been tied to at least 13 deaths. But GM (GM,Fortune 500) did not start recalling the 2.6 million cars with the ignition problems until this February.

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national lead

May 16th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

How does a 'firenado' form?

(CNN) – One of the biggest dangers facing fire fighters battling the blaze in California is a day with rapidly changing weather and winds which can push a fire in any direction.

But how does that sort of action translate into a whirlwind of fire, or a "firenado"?
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