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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Lawmaker: If Wilson is not charged in Ferguson, a ‘simmering anger’ will surely materialize

(CNN) – Will Ferguson erupt in protest if the grand jury does not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown?

Once a decision is reached, law enforcement will be given 48 hours notice before a public announcement is made. Officials in Missouri are hoping for calm, but bracing for violence if Wilson is not indicted.

Three people were arrested Thursday night after clashing with police.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri has been very vocal about the killing of Brown and in a recent op-ed wrote if Wilson is not charged "a simmering anger among African-Americans will surely materialize."

But does he see any possibility that Wilson feared for his life? Check out our interview with Rep. Cleaver in the video above.

politics lead

November 21st, 2014
06:26 PM ET

In Vegas, Obama pushes for public support on immigration

Las Vegas (CNN) - His new immigration plan stamped and signed, President Barack Obama on Friday rallied support behind his decision to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, though a heckler in a mostly supportive crowd in Las Vegas illustrated the high-voltage issue is far from settled.

Speaking at the same high school he visited to push immigration legislation in 2013, Obama said his plan came about after years of GOP inaction, despite what he described as a willingness on his part to compromise.

"I cajoled, I called, I met. I told (House Speaker) John Boehner I'll wash your car, I'll walk your dog, whatever you need to do," he said.

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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Will Obama's action really bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows?

(CNN) – President Obama's executive action on immigration could give legal status to five million undocumented immigrants.

But will Obama's move bring them out of the shadows, or will many remain there?

CNN political commentators Ana Navarro and Stephanie Cutter, and the National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Police rep: Wilson indictment 'unlikely'

(CNN) – Despite the many efforts to keep the peace in Ferguson, once the grand jury decision is revealed, one state official says he's afraid those efforts won't be enough.

"I don't believe, based on what I know, that Officer Wilson will be indicted," said Democratic Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda, also the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Santorum: Obama's immigration action lacks compassion for U.S. workers

(CNN) – Former senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joining Republicans in criticizing President Obama's executive action on immigration, saying it disadvantages American workers.

"You want to talk about compassion, how you about compassion for the American worker," Santorum said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "How about somebody who is trying to make ends meet working two and three jobs who now has 5 million more people competing for that job."

For more of our interview with former senator Rick Santorum, check out the video above.

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