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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?

world lead

June 12th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Former Taliban hostage weighs in on Bergdahl letters

(CNN) – In letters reportedly written by U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to his family while in captivity, he seems to acknowledge the curious circumstances surrounding his disappearance. The Daily Beast published two letters from Bergdahl, one from 2012 and one from 2013, that were obtained by sources in contact with the Taliban.

In the letters – dated 2012 and 2013 – Bergdahl discusses his life and partially explains why he disappeared in 2009.
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buried lead

June 12th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Ride along with border control: Witnessing a wave of unaccompanied kids flood into U.S.

(CNN) – The U.S. and Texas have spent decades and billions defending the border to keep out drug cartels, bad guys, and people without permission.

But despite all that, they now seem powerless to stop the most recent illegal tide: children.

CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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world lead

June 12th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Professor: Statistics show mass shootings not on the rise

(CNN) – In the past week alone there have been three high profile shootings in this country.

A 15-year-old high school student shot a classmate to death in Oregon; two policeman and another person outside a WalMart were killed in Las Vegas by a husband and wife; and a 26-year-old took inspirations from Columbine, and killed a student on a Seattle college campus.

So are mass shootings on the rise? One professor and criminologist says no.
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world lead

June 12th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic State?

(CNN) - The face of a balding, middle-aged man stares unsmilingly into the camera. He is dressed in a suit and tie and could pass for a mid-level bureaucrat.

But the photograph is that of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who has transformed a few terror cells harried to the verge of extinction into the most dangerous militant group in the world.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has thrived and mutated in the security vacuum that followed the departure of the last U.S. forces from Iraq and the civil war in Syria.

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politics lead

June 12th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Clinton spars with NPR host over her evolution on same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and NPR's Terry Gross got into a rather heated discussion in an interview on "Fresh Air."

Gross peppered Clinton about her position on same sex marriage, asking whether personal feelings or politics caused her to change her stance on it.

Clinton pushed back, and that's when things got a little uncomfortable.
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