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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.

world lead

October 20th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Is tide turning for Kurds in Kobani?

(CNN) - ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.

ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam, a strategic prize, and also renewed its offensive on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq.

Hazhar Ismail, brigadier general at the Ministry of Peshmerga, told CNN that ISIS fighters launched attacks on several areas of the Sinjar mountain range Monday, including the village of Sharaf ad-Din, which holds one of the most important shrines for the Yazidi community.

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national lead

October 20th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Indiana authorities identify man held after 7 bodies found

(CNN) - An Indiana man told police he "messed up" by killing a woman in Hammond, then came clean, leading them to several more bodies in nearby Gary, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said Monday.

Doughty stopped short of calling Darren Deon Vann a suspected serial killer, but left the possibility open if police are able to connect the convicted sex offender to any of the six women found in Gary over the weekend.

"If we directly attach him to it, we can make that assumption," he said, adding that Vann's statements lead authorities to believe there are "possible other victims." Some cases may date back 20 years, based on what Vann has told police, the chief said.

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national lead

October 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Keene vs. Ferguson: Double standard on violence?

(CNN) – There were violent clashes with police over the weekend. Crowds set fires on personal property, overturned cars, threw glass bottles at police, and tore down street signs. At one point things got so bad, officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

But this violence didn't take place at a protest over a police shooting or social injustice. It was the booze-fueled scene at a pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire. The rioters were mostly out-of-control college students from Keene State College.

In a news conference Monday, police announced dozens of arrests, and they say more could come as their investigation continues.

And while the event has been characterized by some as rowdy kids just letting loose, others say they see a clear double standard in how Keene rioters, mainly white college students, are being cast compared to the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, who were predominantly African-American.
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politics lead

October 20th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers

(CNN) - In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing the GOP's so-called war on women.

But the restaurant owned by Grimes' family doesn't always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out.

On the campaign trail, Grimes said recently, "I'm fighting for all Kentuckians, all working Americans across this nation. I don't believe $7.25 an hour raises a family of four above the poverty level."

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national lead

October 20th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Attorney General Holder reveals his biggest failure

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he found it "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't been able to carry out criminal prosecutions of executives whose risky banking practices blamed for the global financial crisis.

As Holder wraps up nearly six years at the helm of the Justice Department, the attorney general has drawn criticism for his department's record on white collar crime.

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