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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

world lead

August 6th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Hamas firing rockets from civilian areas caught on video?

(CNN) – It is now day two of a three-day cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza.

But before the relative calm, Israel claims militants in Gaza fired more than 3,000 rockets at them, many stored, assembled and fired from humanitarian shelters, hospitals, schools and mosques, with the very young civilian population serving as human shields.

While Israel has taken a ton of media heat for their relentless response to these rockets, it is Hamas that may have just been caught red-handed.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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politics lead

August 6th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Obama's latest 'all-time low'

(CNN) – The phrase "all time low" seems to precede a lot of the recent polling of the President's approval ratings lately.

The latest numbers from NBC and the Wall Street Journal are no exception to that trend – just 40% of Americans like the job their President is doing.

But the public's dissatisfaction spreads far beyond just the White House.

Democratic strategist and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" Stephanie Cutter and the Heritage Foundation's Jim Carafano discuss.

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world lead

August 6th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Chief Palestinian negotiator: I seek those who are pro-peace, regardless if they’re pro-Israel or pro-Palestine

(CNN) – Firing missiles at civilians, killing civilians – whether those acts are perpetrated by Hamas or by Israel, they cannot be condoned, says chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat. "I (couldn't) care less if someone is pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. My world is divided between those who are pro-peace, and those who are against peace. What we need is to gather the momentum for a meaningful peace process," Erakat said in an interview with CNN"s "The Lead with Jake Tapper." FULL POST

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August 6th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

The Israeli and Gaza groups that would rather make war, not peace

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Jerusalem (CNN) – Today in Gaza, there was a show of mourning and defiance by members of the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which the U.S. and Israeli governments categorize as terrorist.

While Islamic Jihad is part of the group participating in cease-fire talks in Cairo, Egypt, some of its members – captured on video by a CNN crew – represent a political reality that will fight any attempts to quell violence in the region.

There are also Israelis that may be part of that effort on the other side. A right-wing faction chanted in a celebratory way about the death of Palestinian children, killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, during a counter-demonstration to an anti-war rally in Tel-Aviv.

"Oleh, oleh, there is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza," they chanted.

Their actions may be quite different, but as a political force, these are the people who do not want to give peace a chance.
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August 6th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

New fears Ebola virus is spreading

(CNN) – As the number of deaths linked to that widespread Ebola outbreak continues to rise, there are new concerns that the killer virus is spreading.
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