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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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Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend – what will be the department's reaction?

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend - what will be the department's reaction?

politics lead

June 23rd, 2014
06:30 PM ET

How Hillary Clinton flubbed the wealth question

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton had to know she was going to have to talk about her wealth.

The tightly orchestrated book tour for her new memoir has closely resembled a campaign - with war rooms and surrogate coordination. So one would expect that Clinton was prepared to answer questions on any topic.

But when the wealth question came, Clinton, the political heavy hitter, whiffed.



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national lead

June 23rd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says

(CNN) - Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC.

In one case, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in the facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart in seven years as an inpatient at the Brockton, Massachusetts, facility.


world lead

June 23rd, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Kerry assures Iraqis of U.S. support if they unite against militants

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.

"The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down.


sports lead

June 23rd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

The agony of the tie: Draw wakes Americans from World Cup dream

By CNN's John Berman

(CNN) – Everyone always likes winning.

Winning gets all the attention, all the cheers, all the glory.

And ties? Well, ties get none of that.

But fear not fans, do not disrespect the draw. It has a rich tradition.

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national lead

June 23rd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Obama seeks 'good, strong, healthy families'

(CNN) - Amid growing foreign policy crises, President Barack Obama is encouraging Congress and the country to focus on issues here at home - namely how to improve the livelihoods of working families. On Monday, the President and first lady Michelle Obama will hold a Working Families Summit in Washington, which highlights economic issues affecting American families at home and in the workplace.

"Every single day, there are conversations around the kitchen table where people are trying to figure out, this child care is costing so much, I'm not sure that we're going to be able to make our mortgage at the end of the month," the President said to Kate Bolduan of CNN's "New Day." "There are folks who are saying, 'Little Johnny is sick, but if I don't show up at my job, because I don't have paid family leave, we're not going to be able to pay the electricity bill.' "


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