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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

President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

politics lead

May 20th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

First lady gets political on school lunches

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama likes to use humor and high energy to push her initiatives, like "Let's Move" and her lunch program that set calorie limits on food served in school cafeterias.

But House Republicans are looking to give schools a permission slip to waive the program, and the first lady is fighting back.

CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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pop lead

May 20th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Was 'Stairway to Heaven' guitar riff from another song?

(CNN) – The "Stairway to Heaven" guitar riff is one of the most iconic.

But now, lawyers for "Spirit" say the little-known band wrote the legendary lick first, in their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."
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politics lead

May 20th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

Primary races to watch

(CNN) – Six states are holding primaries today. Many of the races have tea party candidates, but not many that are expected to win their race.
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national lead

May 20th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Does CIA bear responsibility for polio outbreak in Pakistan?

(CNN) – It was part of the plan to capture the world's most wanted man. In order to find Osama bin Laden, sources tell CNN, the CIA enlisted the help of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi to vaccinate locals for hepatitis, with the goal of secretly collecting DNA from the suspected bin Laden compound.

The program did not end up helping the CIA, agents were never able to get access to anyone in the compound, sources say.

But health care workers say the people of Pakistan, and the aid workers there to help them, are now paying the price.
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politics lead

May 20th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

VA controversy: When did the White House know?

(CNN) – On Monday, the White House said it hadn't learned about the situation at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, in which as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for delayed appointments, until CNN first reported it.

But what about a recently disclosed internal memo from the VA, which warned of "inappropriate scheduling practices" way back in 2010? Who in the White House bothered to read it?

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta reports.

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