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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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

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August 19th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

In the middle of the chaos in Ferguson

(CNN) – There is an enormous media presence in Ferguson, a city of 21,000 people.

Critics have charged that the media are putting themselves in the center of the story.

But police haven't exactly helped that by arresting several journalists.

CNN was right in the thick of it overnight when the tear gas started flying. And we, along with people in living rooms across the nation, watched images which seem so incompatible with life in the modern United States of America unfold in real time.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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August 19th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

Brown family lawyer: The violence needs to stop

(CNN) – The chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past ten days has at times tragically overshadowed the message.

This all started out as a movement demanding justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by police.
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August 19th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Lawyer, local pastor: We will march tonight in Ferguson

(CNN) – Community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, have called for residents to stay indoors tonight, after violent clashes erupted Monday between protesters and heavily-armed police.

But community organizers say they will march, and calling on officials to give them space.
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August 19th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Is Ferguson police response merited?

(CNN) – Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are cleaning up after Monday night's protests, when they were monitored by heavily armed police looking like they were dressed for combat, with matching vehicles.
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August 19th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Ferguson mayor calling for a night to 'cool off'

(CNN) – Elected officials in Ferguson, Missouri, called for a night of quiet Tuesday, asking residents to stay at home this evening after heavily armed police clashed with protesters Monday night.

"Let's have a night to cool off and a night we can completely separate those good people exercising first amendment rights from those trying to co-opt this horrible situation into something to meet their own needs," Ferguson Mayor Andrew Knowles said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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