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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

national lead

August 25th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

Officer Wilson supporters: Government and media choosing sides in Ferguson

(CNN) – The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday drew thousands, including celebrities, civil rights leaders, and a White House delegation.

But for those seeking justice for the officer who killed Brown, the service was seen as another example of how the government and media are unfairly choosing sides in that deadly confrontation.

This weekend, supporters of Officer Darren Wilson gathered outside a south city St. Louis bar, popular with local law enforcement.

"My name is Darren Wilson. We are Darren Wilson," a woman said to a cheering crowd.
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world lead

August 25th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Fmr. NATO commander: The attack on ISIS needs to be led by Sunni Arab countries, not U.S.

(CNN) – The Obama administration has been criticized for pledging no boots on the ground in the attack against militant group ISIS (also known as ISIL). But a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander says it's the right move.

"The nations in the region have to do all the work on the ground," Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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money lead

August 25th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Is Burger King moving to Canada?

(CNN) – This meal deal doesn't come with fries, but it could come with a massive tax incentive for Burger King, because the chain is now reportedly in talks to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian doughnut and coffee chain.
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world lead

August 25th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Britain close to identifying James Foley's killer, ambassador says

(CNN) - British officials "are close" to identifying the ISIS militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, according to Britain's ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott.

Westmacott told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday he couldn't elaborate on the identity of the killer, who is seen decapitating Foley in a video posted last week on YouTube.

"We're putting a great deal into the search," he said, referring to the use of sophisticated technology to analyze the man's voice.

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national lead

August 25th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Attorney Chris Darden: Indictment of Officer Wilson is 'very likely'

(CNN) – The grand jury is still hearing testimony on the case of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.

And while several experts say it will be an uphill battle to convict Officer Wilson, criminal defense attorney Christopher Darden predicts an indictment.
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