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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

national lead

June 5th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

D-Day vet recalls 'Private Ryan' bridge battle

(CNN) – Three days a week, 93-year-old Thomas Blakey sits at a table at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and takes tourists back in time.

He was part of the allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy, a member of the airborne division parachuting behind enemy German lines on D-Day.

Seventy years on from the day, that airplane ride is still fresh in his mind.
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national lead

June 5th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Chicago mayor’s gun proposals include videotaping sales

(CNN) – Gun violence is, unfortunately, a common occurrence across the U.S., and Chicago is no exception. Just yesterday, an 18-year-old was killed and at least six others were shot in the city.

A local reporter recorded a sister of a victim from a recent shooting yelling through her tears, "What is Rahm Emanuel going to do about this," referring to the mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel has called gun violence Chicago's "most urgent problem," and now he has a set of proposed requirements for gun stores in his city, which include background checks for employees, video surveillance of gun sales, and limiting a buyer to one handgun a month.

He defends the controversial proposals in the video above.

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politics lead

June 5th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Presidential historian on how JFK would have handled Ukraine crisis

Watch the next installment of "The Sixties: The World on the Brink" tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT

(CNN) – The complex Obama-Putin relationship, along with the current state of affairs in places like Ukraine, Syria, and Libya is scary. But just compare it to the early 1960s, where nuclear war was a real threat.

Tonight's episode of the CNN series "The Sixties" focuses on that time, and the start of the Cold War.

"(President John F. Kennedy) said it's better to be cautious, and get a lot of criticism, a lot flack, then to jump iunto a decision you'll regret for the rest of your life," says presidential historian Robert Dallek.
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world lead

June 5th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Putin steals the show

(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin was nowhere to be seen at the G7 summit, he was kicked out, after he decided to annex part of Ukraine.

But his presence was absolutely felt by G7 leaders, and as usual, he managed to get a few choice words in edgewise.

CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports.

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money lead

June 5th, 2014
05:10 PM ET

GM CEO: 15 fired after recall report

Warren, Mich. (CNNMoney) – The delayed recall by General Motors that led to the deaths of at least 13 people was caused by the misconduct of about 20 employees and "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" throughout the company, according to an internal probe released Thursday.

GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announced that 15 employees have been dismissed and five more have been disciplined in the wake of the three-month probe by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas.

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