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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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

pop lead

May 27th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Hollywood turning its back on Obama? Movies casting drones as enemy number one

(CNN) – From a looming presence in the new "X-Men" movie, to machines gone rogue in "Captain America" and "Robocop," Hollywood has created its own role for one of the administration's most controversial policies, casting drone technology and mass surveillance as enemy number one.

"They're always the villains, they're always the tool of evil that is kind of the expression of anxiety of filmmakers," says journalist Andrew Romano, who reported on Hollywood’s so-called war on drones for The Daily Beast. The New York Times also reported on pop culture's grim spin on Obama's drone program.

In a second term shadowed by predator strikes and an NSA scandal, films are flipping the script on President Barack Obama, who was once a media darling.
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politics lead

May 27th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Will Hillary Clinton's new book be cautious, like her 2008 campaign?

(CNN) – Is it just a book, or the world's longest résumé cover letter?
"Hard Choices," Hillary Clinton's memoir about her time as Secretary of State, hits shelves in about two weeks. On Monday, her publisher offered up a taste of what many think could potentially be the kick-off of her long, long rumored run for the White House, with a new excerpt and audio clip.
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world lead

May 27th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Family member reacts to new MH370 data: We've been deceived before

(CNN) – Data from communications between satellites and missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was released Tuesday, more than two months after relatives of passengers say they requested that it be made public.

The new data shows "some interesting discrepancies," Sarah Bajc, whose partner, American Philip Wood, was on board MH370.
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national lead

May 27th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Pentagon: Afghanistan troop drawdown has a time line, but it’s not a ‘hard out’

(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his plan for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in Afghanistan in 2015, if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.
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buried lead

May 27th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Why would soldiers 'miss' war? New documentary explores life after war for veterans

(CNN) – "What is fear like?" "What does the word courage mean to you?" "Why do you miss war?"

Those are questions filmmaker Sebastian Junger asks veterans in the new documentary "Korengal," a follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Restrepo."

"A lot of them missed the war once they got back," Junger tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"It's the hardest, most violent terrible thing they've ever experienced. They lose their friends. They almost lose their lives. But they miss it," says Junger.
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