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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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Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

national lead

August 20th, 2014
08:18 PM ET

AG Holder comes to Ferguson as tensions continue

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said he hopes his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, will have a calming effect on the violence that has erupted between police and protesters, after the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

August 20th, 2014
07:04 PM ET

Analyst: Ferguson protests transforming a generation of activists and advocates

(CNN) – Outrage over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, have spread nation wide, and the protests are transforming a generation of activists and advocates, says CNN "Crossfire" co-anchor Van Jones.

"You have a generation being squeezed now between street violence and police violence. They're saying, 'listen, we've got to do something and we can't keep going the same way,'" Jones said, noting several incidents of violence against young, unarmed black men, as well as violence in Chicago, that has made headlines in recent months.
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world lead

August 20th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Britain's David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' ISIS fighter on execution video was British

(CNN) – The militant fighter seen in a horrific video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley is likely from Britain.

"We have not identified the individual responsible on the video, but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is British citizen. This is deeply shocking," Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.
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world lead

August 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Prosecutor in Michael Brown investigation under fire

(CNN) – St. Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch says the grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting Wednesday.

But the protesters who want to see Officer Darren Wilson charged – and charged right now – appear to be in for some disappointment, because McCullough also says it could take till mid-October to hear all the evidence.

There is a movement to get McCullough removed from the case. Critics charge that he's biased, citing the fact that his father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin have all worked for the department. His father, a police officer, was killed by a black man while on a call in 1964.
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national lead

August 20th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

How will witness accounts impact grand jury?

(CNN) – Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, have been demanding the immediate arrest of the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

But the reality is, it could be months before any decision is made on whether to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson.
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