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national lead

September 25th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Eric Holder's legacy: A competing agenda over security and civil rights

Washington (CNN) - The war on terror. Same-sex marriage. Voting rights. Financial scandals. Fast and Furious.

Attorney General Eric Holder's six-year tenure as the nation's chief law enforcement officer has been marked by an activist agenda and political confrontations on a range of legal, policy, and criminal matters.

"I've always liked this job. I've had some days that have been better than others," Holder told CNN's Justice Correspondent Evan Perez last November. He hinted then that his remaining time in office would give him "the ability to focus on issues now that really matter to me."

Some of those things were sentencing reform for drug offenders and community policing outreach in the wake of the recent shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

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world lead

September 25th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Doctor: Ebola outbreak not yet under control

(CNN) – The World Bank committed an additional $170 million toward helping African nations hardest-hit by Ebola Thursday.

While the outbreak is "not coming under control yet," says Dr. Paul Farmer, a professor at Harvard University, the recognition in the last few days that there is a widespread out-of-control epidemic is encouraging.

But more resources are needed to effectively combat the disease, including protective gear, safe spaces to treat patients, and a systemic approach to tracking the disease, he says.

For more of our interview with Dr. Paul Farmer, check out the video above.

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national lead

September 25th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Who might replace Eric Holder?

(CNN) - The surprise announcement on Thursday that Eric Holder will resign as attorney general has D.C. buzzing. And the big question on everyone's mind: Who will replace him?

Holder has been in his position since the start of President Barack Obama's first term. In fact, he's one of only three remaining original members of Obama's Cabinet (Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are the others.) The attorney general also is a close personal friend of Obama, and sources tell CNN that the President will be looking to appoint a successor with whom he has a relationship.

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world lead

September 25th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Liberia's Ebola cases double every 2 weeks

(CNN) – What started as a regional crisis is now being cast as a threat to health and security around the world.

Today, President Obama warned global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly that without quick action, the Ebola outbreak could become a humanitarian catastrophe.

The hardest hit nations are Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the number of cases is doubling every two weeks.

The explosive pace of this outbreak is overwhelming government and health workers in the region, Liberia's foreign minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." Check out his interview in the video above.

world lead

September 25th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Latest airstrikes target oil, kill 14 ISIS fighters

(CNN) – In the past 24 hours coalition jets took aim at oil assets stolen by ISIS militants, who have used mob tactics – including murder and palm greasing, and robbery and extortion – to become a self-sustaining monster on their rampage across two countries.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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