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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?

money lead

June 25th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer on 'World News'

New York (CNNMoney) – Diane Sawyer will step down from ABC's flagship nightly newscast, "World News," in August, ABC said Wednesday.

David Muir, the weekend "World News" anchor, will replace her starting September 2.

The announcement ends months of speculation about a transition at ABC's anchor desk.

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world lead

June 25th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Charlie Rangel on slim victory: My opponent was more popular than I thought

(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, who was first elected in 1971, claimed victory in what he says is his last race, looking like he'll survive a second straight narrow victory against the same opponent he faced two years ago when he barely kept his political career alive.

Rangel blamed the changing district for his slim margins of victory.

"About 20% of my district now goes to a different county," said Rangel. "My opponent was apparently more popular in that district than I thought he would be."
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buried lead

June 25th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

(CNN) - The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

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politics lead

June 25th, 2014
04:58 PM ET

Clintons fire back on 'dead broke' controversy

(CNN) – She's facing a myriad of attacks from the right, but former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says she does not need her husband standing up for her.

"My husband was very sweet today, but I don't need anybody to defend my record, I think my record speaks for itself," Clinton told PBS Newshour.

She's referring to the former president's fierce defense of her assertion that the family was "dead broke" when they left the White House.
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world lead

June 25th, 2014
04:50 PM ET

America's unlikely helping hand in Iraq

Washington (CNN) – White House officials are not disputing reports that both Syria and Iran are conducting military operations in Iraq to contain the ISIS threat.

That may be making for some of the strangest possible bedfellows when it comes to dealing with Iraq

CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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