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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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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Plus, a look at Vladimir Putin's international image.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Plus, a look at Vladimir Putin's international image.

sports lead

May 30th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Washington Redskins fumble on Twitter

(CNN) – The Washington Redskins, stinging from a letter by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and dozens of fellow Democrats calling on the league to force the team to change its racist name, apparently fumbled a desperate Twitter appeal to fans.

"Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you," the maligned team wrote to its 305,000 Twitter followers on Thursday.

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money lead

May 30th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Can Amazon make money off old music?

(CNN) – Amazon plans to launch a music streaming service this summer through Amazon Prime, Buzzfeed reports. It will offer a catalog of songs and albums that were released at least six months ago.

Can this business model make Amazon money? New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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politics lead

May 30th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

White House to Dems: There is no daylight between Hillary and Obama on Benghazi

(CNN) – Democratic surrogates and communicators who publicly support both Obama and Clinton met at the White House this week with Communications Director Jenn Palmieri and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes to talk about a number of issues, including Benghazi and Clinton's upcoming book, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

While the topic was not on the official meeting agenda, one surrogate asked about it and the President’s aides made clear they want no daylight between Obama and Clinton on foreign policy issues as the book rolls out, the source added. The messaging, the White House aides said according to the source, is this: Obama’s team of rivals became an unrivaled team.

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world lead

May 30th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Expert: The next attack on U.S. could come from Syrian jihadist group

(CNN) – Americans still tend to think of terrorism as a scourge that comes from overseas. Which is why it's so jarring to learn that the man suspected of carrying out this suicide bombing in Syria was an American.

The State department Friday confirming that the bomber was a U.S. citizen. Two U.S. officials tell CNN he grew up in Florida, and went to school there.
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politics lead

May 30th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

GOP lawmaker rejects claims Hilary makes in her Benghazi chapter

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" doesn't come out until June 10, but there is already insight into the message the former Secretary of State wants to send.

Politico obtained Clinton's 34-page chapter on her role in the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans in 2012 at U.S. diplomatic posts.

Clinton's tone in recounting the events is described as "defiant."

She is coming out swinging in this chapter, saying what happened in Benghazi has been used as a political tool, and writing that that "minimizes the sacrifice" of those who lost their lives.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has been an outspoken critic of Hillary Clinton and the White House on this issue, and he isn't buying any of it. Check out his response in the video above.

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