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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

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

buried lead

June 18th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Julian Assange on 2 years in exile, and new documents to be released by Wikileaks

(CNN) – For two years now, Julian Assange, editor of the secret-sharing site Wikileaks, has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the Latin American country granted him political asylum.

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden on allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Stockholm. There are no actual charges against him there, but his lawyers think that the minute he steps into Sweden, he could potentially be extradited to the United States.

Now, his lawyers says they have new information that could ultimately allow him to walk out of the embassy, without handcuffs.
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pop lead

June 18th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Picasso's 'Blue Room' has a hidden occupant just beneath the surface

(CNN) - It took years and a good bit of detective work by art experts and scientists to unveil a painting hidden underneath Pablo Picasso's 1901 masterpiece "The Blue Room."

Using infrared technology, experts at The Phillips Collection in Washington discovered a portrait of a bearded man wearing a jacket and a bow tie, his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers.

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Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

money lead

June 18th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

New York (CNNMoney) – If you want to start selling T-shirts with the Washington Redskins' logo without permission, you may be in luck.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the football team on Wednesday, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

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politics lead

June 18th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Roundtable: It's Hillary's world, we just live in it

(CNN) – She's not a candidate, but she plays one on TV.
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world lead

June 18th, 2014
05:16 PM ET

Iraq crisis: Is it time for al-Maliki to step down?

(CNN) – The U.S. handed him the keys to Iraq when it pulled out combat troops in 2011, and asked him not to scratch it.

But Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has since lost control of a wide swath of his country.
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