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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 24th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

Awaiting Ferguson grand jury announcement

(CNN) – The announcement of a pending announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, has given law enforcement a few hours lead time to prepare themselves for the next potential wave of violence.

CNN is scattered across St. Louis County to cover the case. CNN's Evan Perez, Sara Sidner and Jason Carroll report.

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national lead

November 24th, 2014
04:21 PM ET

Poll finds racial divide over Wilson charges

Washington (CNN) - Americans are sharply divided along racial lines as to whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with murder in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday finds.

Fifty-four percent of nonwhites - including blacks, Latinos and Asians - say Wilson should be charged with murder, while just 23% of whites agree. And 38% of whites say Wilson should be charged with no crime at all, while just 15% of nonwhites hold that position.

The poll's results come as the grand jury prepares to make its decision, with an announcement expected Monday evening.

Most Americans agree that Wilson should at least face some form of criminal charges, the poll finds.

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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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