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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 news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

The latest news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

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November 11th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

An exclusive visit to a prison's dorm for veterans

(CNN) - While most veterans come back to lead healthy, productive lives, some do not. Some end up on the fringes of society, or worse. And while we do not want to stigmatize veterans as a whole by discussing this small group who slip between the cracks, we also do not want to ignore their plight.

So on this veterans day, CNN's Jake Tapper visits a special veterans barracks at a state prison with an exclusive look at a new program designed to help them reclaim their lives when they get out.

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October 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Web extra: Blackwater founder accuses New York Times of 'made up' allegations

(CNN) – According to The New York Times, Blackwater was under investigation before the Nussor Square massacre, but stopped after a top manager at Blackwater told the government's chief investigator that the contractor could kill him and "no one could or would do anything about it".

"That's the first time we ever heard that allegation, I think that's another one made up by the Times. The New York Times has had to recant a number of stories they've written about me, or about the old company. That's a new one," said Blackwater founder and former CEO Erik Prince.

For more of our interview with Erik Prince, click here.

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October 30th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Fmr. Blackwater CEO defends company amidst manslaughter convictions

(CNN) – The Nusoor Square massacre was a major turning point in the Iraq War – a shoot out in the streets of Baghdad that left 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians dead at the hands of four American security contractors working for Blackwater – the now infamous private security contractor.

"I will not second-guess the split-second decisions of my men," founder and former CEO of Blackwater Erik Prince writes of the incident in his new book, "Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror."

Last week, an American jury disagreed, and found three of Prince's former employees guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and one guilty of first-degree murder. But Prince stood by the security contractors.

"I'm not going to second-guess their actions," said Prince. "They were operating with the rules of engagement dictated to them by the State Departments, with the whole use of force continuum."
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October 14th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper traces his roots to ...

(CNN) – Our very own Jake Tapper discovers his colonial roots! Though it’s not exactly what he’d hoped for.

The Philadelphia native travels to Canada, and is shocked to learn his ancestors ... were on the wrong side of the American Revolution.

Thirteen of CNN's anchors and hosts trace their family roots across the globe and back in time, beginning Sunday, October 12. Don't miss the two-hour ROOTS special, Tuesday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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October 13th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Priest: New Vatican tone means ‘gays and lesbians are going to feel a lot more welcome’

(CNN) - In a stunning shift, a new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays.

"Practically speaking it means a lot of gays and lesbians are going to feel a lot more welcome," says Jesuit priest Father James Martin, author of "Jesus: A Pilgrimage."
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