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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

pop lead

May 29th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Ben Stein: The 1960s were 'a lot of sex, a lot of drugs'

CNN's original series "The Sixties" starts tonight at 9 p.m. Get a sneak peek at the 10-part series here.

(CNN) – Actor, writer, and President Richard Nixon campaign staffer Ben Stein described what the 1960s meant to him without hesitation, and with that infamous deadpan delivery.

"A lot of sex, a lot of drugs," Stein said.
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world lead

May 29th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Was MH370 search a waste of time?

(CNN) – Today would be day 83 in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Except right now no one's searching, and that's because investigators need to figure out where to search next, and whether or not the last month of searching was a complete waste.

The Bluefin 21, the underwater drone that has been searching for signs of wreckage for weeks, has completed its mission.

And while Australia says they're still confident that the plane is somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, they're making a stunning admission about what was previously called their most promising lead, saying the underwater pings were likely not from the plane's black boxes.

Have searchers basically wasted a month searching the area with these pings? Sea operations and submersible expert Captain Tim Taylor joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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national lead

May 29th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Bloomberg: Universities becoming bastions of intolerance

(CNN) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at Thursday's commencement speech at Harvard University, criticized what he described as a disturbing trend of liberals silencing voices "deemed politically objectionable."

"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded - after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said.

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national lead

May 29th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Why won't Obama fire anyone?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is resisting bipartisan calls for Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki's resignation.

The President also did not dismiss Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius after the disastrous roll out of HealthCare.gov in October, and stood by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after the intelligence chief gave what he characterized as the least untruthful" answer to Congress about surveillance on Americans.

Does he need to be a tougher manager?

National press secretary for the Obama 2008 campaign, now the senior strategist for the pro-obama SuperPAC Priorities USA Bill Burton, and CNN's Dana Bash weigh in.

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national lead

May 29th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Growing crowd of Democrats turn on Shinseki

(CNN) – It wasn't surprising from Republicans, but now a growing number of Democrats are joining the call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down.

At least 19 house Democrats and eight Senate Democrats so far want him to walk the plank, after they got a taste of an internal watchdog report that claims excessive appointment delays – and cover-ups to hide those delays – are "systemic throughout" the VA health care system.
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