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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

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

world lead

December 16th, 2014
07:16 PM ET

Australian Amb. on Sydney siege: 'Two lovely people' victims of an 'utter rat bag'

(CNN) - The Australian Ambassador to U.S. decried the "truly horrific" act of terrorism at a Sydney cafe on Monday, which left two hostages dead and four others wounded following a 16-hour standoff.

"These two lovely people and that utter rat bag. It’s truly horrific," Ambassador Kim Beazley remarked to CNN's Jake Tapper.

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world lead

December 16th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

New details on Sydney victims who died as heroes

(CNN) - There are still more questions than answers into what really happened during that dramatic siege of a cafe in Sydney, Australia that left two hostages dead as well as the gunman, an Islamic extremist.

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politics lead

December 16th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Jeb Bush attacked after announcing possible 2016 run

(CNN) - The competition for the 2016 race for the White House heated up today.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush took to Facebook to announce that he has decided to "actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States."

CNN National Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux has more on the decision that has already sparked some sniping.

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world lead

December 16th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Who's behind the Pakistan terror attack?

(CNN) –Today's massacre of defenseless school children in Peshawar was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban in retaliation, the group says, for the killing of hundreds of innocent tribesman in north and south Waziristan by the Pakistani military.

CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto looks into the group and the threat they might also pose to the United States.

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national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Panel: 'Cyber terrorists' hacking Sony should concern everyone

(CNN) – How seriously should anyone take the terrorist threats from these hackers, and what of the cyber-terrorism they have already successfully pulled off against Sony?

CNN Military Analyst Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks and former State Department official Jamie Metzl discuss the geopolitics behind the Sony hacking.

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