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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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A look at one of the key Senate races: Sen. Mitch McConnell vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A look at one of the key Senate races: Sen. Mitch McConnell vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes.

July 11th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Germany tells top U.S. spy official to leave the country

(CNN) – Germany's government has asked America's top spy chief stationed in the country to leave.

It's a punitive gesture usually reserved for adversarial nations in times of crisis and only very rarely for an ally, particularly a very close one.

But allegations of American spying have seriously injured German trust, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. And it's time for a reset.

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