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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

politics lead

May 21st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Democratic dynasties try to turn Georgia blue

(CNN) – Two southern Democrats that just so happen to be the heirs to powerful political dynasties, are hoping to somehow turn deep red Georgia blue.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

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world lead

May 21st, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Boko Haram's reign of terror

(CNN) – The rise of terrorist group Boko Haram has many Nigerians fearing for their lives.

CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports.

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politics lead

May 21st, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Analysis: Slimy politics in Mississippi

(CNN) – The Republican Senate primary in Mississippi is next month, and things have gotten really ugly.
Incumbent Senator Thad Cochran is facing a strong tea party challenge from lawyer, radio commentator and Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel.

Cochran's wife suffers from dementia, and a conservative blogger has been charged with taking a picture of her inappropriately.

Blogger's arrest shakes up Mississippi Republican primary

Has there been a time when a campaign got this ugly?

The New York Times' Jonathan Martin weighs in on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," and also talks about the big winners – and losers – from Tuesday night's primaries.

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politics lead

May 21st, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Should Shinseki go? Vets, lawmakers split along party lines

(CNN) – Did President Barack Obama go far enough to satisfy veterans with his comments Wednesday, which did not include a call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki to resign?

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, an Iraq War veteran who served in the national guard, cautioned against Shinseki's resignation, calling such a move "a symbolic change just to make people feel better."

Gabbard said efforts to fix systemic problems at the VA should be the focus, and Shinseki may be the man best equipped to lead that charge.

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who flew missions for the U.S. Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he has "resisted calling for (Shinseki's) resignation," saying jumping on "resignation bandwagons (is) sometimes cheap politics."

But as the VA scandal unfolded, he changed his mind.
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national lead

May 21st, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Shinseki: Right on Iraq troop levels, but right man for VA?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama promises to hold accountable anyone who has manipulated or falsified records at veterans hospitals, once the various investigations and reviews run their course.

The controversy has mushroomed since CNN first reported the problem last November in a detailed investigation examining several VA hospitals.

Obama is sending a White House official to Phoenix Wednesday to visit the VA facility and interview the interim director there.

In a new development, Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki has rescinded an $8,495 bonus awarded to Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman last month. Helman is on administrative leave in response to the allegations of misconduct under her watch.

But this is a much bigger issue than just one person's compensation.

The President called Shinseki to the White House this morning, but anyone who was waiting for Shinseki to get the boot will, like our wounded veterans, have to keep waiting.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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