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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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Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

pop lead

June 10th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Seth Meyers on why 'Late Night' is a better gig than 'SNL'

(CNN) – For Seth Meyers, a desk is nothing new. For seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live" his "Weekend Update" seat provided the perfect platform for joking about current events, and hosting some big name guests.

Now, Meyers is using those skills to fill a new chair as host of NBC's "Late Night." The job comes with more than a million viewers a night, five nights a week.

Fellow "SNL" alum Jimmy Fallon left the time slot in February to take over "The Tonight Show" an hour earlier.

"Obviously we just want to go out and do a good show every night. And if you do that, people will hopefully come. And if you do a good show and they don't come, then it's out of your hands anyways," Meyers said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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politics lead

June 10th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Analysis: No answer Clinton gives on Benghazi will satisfy those 'obsessed'

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on Benghazi during interviews with ABC.
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national lead

June 10th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Dad finds out on TV that his son wasn't hurt in Oregon school shooting

(CNN) – Parents endured an agonizing wait for news about their children as police worked to secure an Oregon high school after a shooting.

But cameras were rolling when one father and his fiancée got the call they'd been waiting for.

Craig Tuholski and his son Chris Tuholski share their story with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


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world lead

June 10th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Rep. King: All 5 Taliban members will return to the battlefield

(CNN) – Rep. Peter King, R-New York, remains unconvinced the White House made the right call when it secured the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban figures.

"I think we can assume that all of them will end up back on the battlefield," King said of the five released detainees.

Watch more of our interview with Rep. Peter King in the video above.


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world lead

June 10th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

'Friendly fire' kills five American service members in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province's police chief.

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