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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.

buried lead

June 3rd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

More than 8,000 unruly fliers reported to airlines each year

(CNN) – Airline passengers behaving badly is a significant problem, and now one industry group is saying enough is enough, laying out the steps it thinks are necessary to tackle the problem.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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world lead

June 3rd, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Bergdahl backlash: Political firestorm erupts over swap with Taliban

(CNN) – It was supposed to be a feel-good moment: The President, wrapping his arms around the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and telling the nation that America's only known prisoner of war in Afghanistan was coming home.

But now that the details of the deal with the Taliban are coming to light, the backlash from Bergdahl's fellow soldiers, and also from Republicans in Congress has been unflinching.
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money lead

June 3rd, 2014
05:31 PM ET

GM pushes back on report that 74 deaths may be tied to defect

(CNN) – As many as 74 people might have died because of problems potentially linked to defective ignition switches in older GM cars, according to a Reuters report.

It's one more stomach-turning headline for General Motors.

GM swatted down that report in a statement, sticking to their original death toll of 13, as if that's a more palatable number of lives to be lost to a problem this company now admits they knew about for years without going public.

Of course, this is about more than just numbers. This is about people like Amy Rademake, 15,
killed with her friend, 18-year-old Natasha Weigel
when the Chevy Cobalt they were in hit a tree in 2006.

"It's like finding out she was murdered all these years later, because her death was totally preventable," Rademake tells CNN.

But despite the deaths, and the recalls, and the weeks of negative press, somehow it all barely made a dent in GM's latest sales numbers.

CNN'sPpoppy Harlow reports.

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politics lead

June 3rd, 2014
05:27 PM ET

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 76, is hoping to win a seventh term in Congress, but he faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a 42-year-old conservative challenger with strong tea party support.

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world lead

June 3rd, 2014
04:37 PM ET

Obama unapologetic over Bergdahl

(CNN) - Speaking Tuesday in Warsaw, Poland, President Barack Obama said that Bergdahl had not then been interrogated by U.S. officials because he is still undergoing medical care. Nor had he met yet with his family, according to the President.

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