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

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October 30th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Tanking gas prices fuel conspiracy talk

(CNN) – Gas prices are near their lowest levels of the decade right now. And it seems like every time there is a huge spike, or plunge, in the price of gas, people have to find some bigger reason behind it.

Because oil equals power.

So what are the masters of the universe up to?

CNN Money's Cristina Alesci takes a look at some of the conspiracy theories out there.

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October 27th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Gas prices hit 4-year low

(CNN)Gas prices have plunged to a four-year low, and in many places are already under the $3/gallon mark.

Are they here to stay for a while?

CNN Money's Cristina Alesci reports.

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October 15th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Slow economic growth, rising Ebola fears send markets tumbling

New York (CNNMoney) – Don't blink. Otherwise you're bound to miss a wild swing in this increasingly-violent stock market.

It was a memorable day on Wall Street as the Dow plummeted 460 points before staging a late rally to end down "only" 173 points. The Nasdaq briefly fell into correction territory, indicating a 10% drop from a prior high, but rebounded sharply to finish the day barely in the red.

"It was an emotion and panic-filled day both in and out of assets. You flushed out a lot of panicked longs and you're getting a knee-jerk bounce. What this means going forward, I don't know," said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group.

Late-day heroics: The factors behind the early losses were obvious and plentiful: slow economic growth, rising Ebola fears and continued uncertainty about the Federal Reserve. The reasons for the rebound were less clear, though beaten-down stock prices appeared to entice buyers to step off the sidelines.

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October 9th, 2014
04:37 PM ET

Dow sheds 335 points in biggest drop of 2014

New York (CNNMoney) – If the stock market were a transatlantic flight, the ride just went from uncomfortably bumpy to white-knuckle turbulence.

The Dow plunged 335 points on Thursday, its worst day of the entire year on a point basis.

October is shaping up to be a scary month for anyone with money in the market, but for now investors are just trying to catch their breath. Already this month, there have been five days with major market moves where the Dow has swung up or down more than 200 points. Wednesday - mere hours ago - was actually the best day of the year so far for stocks.

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October 8th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Mike Rowe on running for office: Never say never, but I prefer the kind of dirt that washes off

"Somebody's Gotta Do It" premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CNN.

(CNN) – With approval ratings of Congress at record lows, being a politician may be one of the dirtiest jobs out there.

CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" host Mike Rowe has testified before Congress, urging the retraining of workers and the promotion of trade schools. Reviving America's workforce, Rowe advocates, requires skills that aren't necessarily obtained in a college classroom.

Asked if he would he would ever run for office, the former "Dirty Jobs" host  quipped: "I prefer the kind of dirt that washes off in the shower."
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