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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

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April 24th, 2014
11:51 AM ET

For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.

"It's a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government's gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation's archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.

“We remain profoundly disappointed that he has, once again, retreated from his own promises and fallen short of the principled stand taken by previous presidents,” Hamparian said.
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April 23rd, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Faith leaders: 9/11 museum video blurs difference between Muslims and terrorists

(CNN) – Interfaith leaders object to a film slated to be part of an exhibit in the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

"The Rise of Al Qaeda," narrated by NBC's Brian Williams, is supposed to provide a brief history of the terrorist group.

The opening lines:

“This program describes the emergence of the terrorist organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks. It concentrates on a period of roughly 15 years, beginning with al-Qaeda’s founding during the Soviet-Afghan War and concluding with its rationale and planning for the attacks of 2001. The program tracks al-Qaeda’s embrace of violence and the decision of its leadership to commit mass murder, at the dawn of the 21st century.”

But faith leaders say the film does not draw a sharp enough distinction between al Qaeda, and Muslims in general.

"The facts are presented in a context that is not nuanced enough for the audience expecting to see the movie," says Reverend Ruth Yoder Wenger, of New York Disaster Interfaith Services.
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April 22nd, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Glaciers melting before our eyes: Photographer captures climate change's effects

(CNN) – Climate change is a polarizing issue. So photographer James Balog traveled towards Earth's poles to bring back tangible, visual, and hauntingly beautiful evidence of a dramatic geological event that affects every human being on this planet.

In the award-winning documentary "Chasing Ice," Balog and his team braved some of the globe's most extreme conditions to reach glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and Montana, and brought back years' worth of time lapse photography. Balog's cameras have been there to watch as hunks of ice bigger than lower Manhattan just disappear.
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April 11th, 2014
09:58 PM ET

Former firefighter rescues pets in disasters

Philadelphia (CNN) – Hazel Donnelly was taking her husband to the doctor when they got a call that their apartment building was on fire.

Her first thought was about her 17-year-old cat, Kramer.

"I don't have children on my own, so my cat is like my child. I became hysterical," said Donnelly, 50. "What if (he) didn't make it?"

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April 2nd, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Congressman: Iran's pick for U.N. a 'slap in the face'

(CNN) – Iran has named a member of the radical student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for more than a year to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

Echoing former hostages, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel called the move "a real slap in the face."

Iran's pick is Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, the group of militants who seized the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

"The Iranians should withdraw their nomination and should send somebody else," said Engel. "All of us that were alive at the time remember that hostage crisis, and that is not something, I think, that we can just turn a blind eye toward."

For more of our interview with Rep. Engel, check out the video above.

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