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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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How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

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August 1st, 2014
07:44 PM ET

Gen. Clark: Putin responsible for downed plane

(CNN) - A former NATO Supreme Allied Commander does not have any doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

"[Putin] is the man who is responsible. This is all about Vladimir Putin's - it's his vision of restoring Russia to its greatness. He's lusted after Ukraine from the time he became prime minister that we know of," retired General Wesley Clark tells CNN's Jake Tapper. "Yes, he's responsible, no doubt about it in my view."

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August 1st, 2014
07:26 PM ET

American Ebola victims headed to U.S.

(CNN) – The State Department says two American Ebola patients will be evacuated from West Africa and arrive in the U.S. within the next few days.

It could be the first time someone stricken with the virus, which has no cure and a very low survival rate, crosses into the United States.

But don't worry, government officials say they can handle it. But while the CDC tries to ease fears here in the US, the World Health Organization today said the outbreak is moving faster than the efforts to control.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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August 1st, 2014
07:18 PM ET

U.S. backs plan to keep Russia at bay

(CNN) – On the same day that 70 international investigators reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - the largest group yet - President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation about the country where the wreckage and bodies lie: Ukraine.

The White House says the President told Putin he was deeply concerned about "Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine."  Those are the very rebels who are suspected of shooting down flight 17, and keeping investigators off the site for days on end.

Now that Putin has been accused of sticking his mitts far into Ukraine, CNN's Barbara Starr reports on a plan to slap them back before they creep farther west.

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August 1st, 2014
07:10 PM ET

Obama on pending CIA report: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington (CNN) – A report on CIA interrogation practices after 9/11 will be declassified in the coming weeks.

Today, President Obama gave his declarative take on the report, saying, "In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks."

The President also stood by his CIA Director John Brennan, who is accused of a "reversal" at the very minimum and flat out lying through his teeth by some who want him out.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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August 1st, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Children in Gaza sponsored by Christian charity killed

(CNN) – If you were a second grader in Gaza, you would already be living through your third war with Israel.

So many children have unfairly shouldered the brunt of this bloodshed.

It has been painful to see the pictures and read the stories of the young lives lost and entire families wiped out for those close to the victims, and for those who send their love and just a little more than a dollar a day from far away.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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