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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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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.

pop lead

May 19th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

'Godzilla' gives U.S. military starring role

(CNN) – Gobbling up an estimated $93.2 million dollars in ticket sales, "Godzilla" was a towering No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

But the giant lizard wasn't the only star of this blockbuster. Some might say the United States military was cast as the real hero.
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national lead

May 19th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

'Truthers' to protest 9/11 Museum

(CNN) – The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens to the public this week in lower Manhattan, and some conspiracy theorists, who are apparently no strangers to Photoshop, plan on attending.

The group "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" plan on standing outside the entrance on opening day to hand out fake museum brochures, designed to look exactly like the real ones, according to The Village Voice, which first reported the story.

Inside the brochure, they claim they've compiled "a vast amount of evidence proving that all 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers were deliberately destroyed by explosives on 9/11."

They actually don't prove anything, except man's capacity for believing crazy things, and man's insensitivity to the families of the 2,753 people killed in New York, the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania, killed by Islamic terrorists with al Qaeda as every credible investigation has actually proven.

Why do so-called "truthers" have such staying power?

Slate editor and New York Times Magazine contributor Emily Bazelon weighs in.

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national lead

May 19th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Chinese hackers infiltrated U.S. companies, attorney general says

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that members of the Chinese military have engaged in the hacking of American businesses and entities, including U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, the United Steel Workers Union and SolarWorld.

The victims operate in Pennsylvania, and a grand jury there returned a 31-count indictment against members of the Chinese military, accusing them of violating federal law by hacking to spy and steal secrets, Holder said.

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politics lead

May 19th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Analysis: GOP attacks on Hillary Clinton's health, age, Benghazi will continue

(CNN) – Suddenly, everyone just wants to make sure Hillary Clinton is feeling alright.

This weekend more Republicans clung to the script first crafted by GOP strategist Karl Rove, questioning Clinton's age, and the blood clot she suffered in 2012. Such attacks, they say, will be "fair game" if she decides to run in 2016.
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world lead

May 19th, 2014
05:16 PM ET

Does the U.S. hack Chinese companies?

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that members of the Chinese military have engaged in the hacking of American businesses and entities, including U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, the United Steel Workers Union and SolarWorld.

The individuals charged are part of a "group of hackers working for the Chinese government, trying to make Chinese companies much more competitive and give them an advantage," says former FBI official Shawn Henry.

But is the U.S. being hypocritical?
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