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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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Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

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national lead

August 12th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Michael Brown's family's lawyer responds to Obama's comments on shooting

(CNN) – The shooting death of an unarmed teenager has sowed seeds of anger and mistrust in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. As if to further illustrate just how tense things have gotten in that small community, police revealed Tuesday they will no longer reveal the name of the officer involved in that shooting, citing fears of retaliation.
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pop lead

August 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Robin Williams: A 'true friend' of the troops

(CNN) – Amid the chaos of war, Robin Williams was a constant, a familiar face to help cheer the war weary. Whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, where the troops went, so did Williams.

Williams did six United Service Organizations tours traveling to 13 countries entertaining the troops. The USO said he performed for nearly 90,000 service members.

"It's good to be in a room with fake beer. Having just got out of rehab that's a good choice. Cause I was violating my standards quicker than I could lower them," Williams joked during one such tour.
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world lead

August 12th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Report: Obama calls criticism of Syria policy 'horsesh*t'

(CNN) – Remember when President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were so close, they didn't even have to use words?

"I consider Hillary a strong friend," Obama told 60 Minutes in a joint interview early 2013.

"I mean very, warm, close, I think there's a sense of understanding that sometimes doesn't even take words," Clinton said.

Well sometimes, it does take words. According to a Clinton aide, the former secretary of state just called Obama to assure him, that "nothing she said" in an interview with The Atlantic was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.
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pop lead

August 12th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Were Robin Williams' depression and genius from the same part of his brain?

(CNN) – Marin County police offered more details about how legendary comedian Robin Williams took his own life Tuesday.

The question as to why someone commits suicide, and what if anything could have been done to prevent it, is one that haunts so many of us.

Still others are haunted by those same demons that Williams fought, and find it difficult to discuss their struggles.

More people in the U.S. now die of suicide than in car accidents, the Centers for Disease Control announced last year. And the rate of deaths by suicide is rising in the U.S., more than 100 people a day. Experts say the actual numbers are likely higher

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

We also want to provide our readers with the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK. You can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more resources on coping with depression, click here.

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national lead

August 12th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Ferguson police won't share name of officer who shot teen

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - Ferguson police will not release the name of the officer who shot a teenager in the St. Louis suburb because of threats made to another officer who was falsely accused on social media of being the shooter, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Tuesday.

The department had said Monday that it would release the name, the same day federal civil rights investigators and the FBI opened an inquiry into the case of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed Saturday.

Witnesses say the teen was unarmed and his hands were in the air demonstrating that. Police have said that Brown attacked the officer in his car and tried take his gun.

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