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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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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

national lead

June 30th, 2014
07:14 PM ET

Is former Procter & Gamble CEO the right man to head the VA?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama Monday nominated Bob McDonald – a West Point graduate and former CEO of Procter & Gamble – to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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world lead

June 30th, 2014
06:52 PM ET

New airport security measures considered amid 'undetectable bomb' concerns

(CNN) – The U.S. is considering new security measures at airports due to increased concern that terrorists from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are developing explosives designed to avoid detection by current security screening, U.S. officials tell CNN.

Officials tell CNN there is no imminent threat or plot; however, an additional vulnerability has been identified, which the Department of Homeland Security is working to address.

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national lead

June 30th, 2014
06:50 PM ET

Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

Washington (CNN) – Some corporations have religious rights, a deeply divided Supreme Court decided Monday in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.

The 5-4 decision on ideological lines ended the high court's term with a legal and political setback for a controversial part of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.

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world lead

June 30th, 2014
06:46 PM ET

Aunt of Israeli teen: He was young, and innocent, and they killed him

(CNN) – The aunt of an Israeli teenager found dead in the West Bank said she hopes no other family will have to suffer such a loss.

"I'm still shocked," Leehy Shaer, aunt of 16-year-old Gilad Shaar said. "I'm holding his picture, and I see his smile, and I don't believe. He's so young and innocent, and he (had) all his life in front of him."
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politics lead

June 30th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

What the Hobby Lobby decision might mean for you

(CNN) – A huge victory for conservatives, a kick in the teeth for the President's health care law, and, potentially, a ruling that could have direct, tangible consequences for thousands of women across the work force.
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