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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.

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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April 17th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

MH370: Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

(CNN) – A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday.

Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission.

Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield immediate debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

If no traces of MH370 are found, officials will be forced to review the operation and find a way forward, the Malaysian acting transport minister said Thursday.

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April 16th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone: It's not about technology

(CNN) – It's not about the technology, says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Seems like an odd statement, coming from a man who co-founded a social media platform that helped bring governments to their knees. But in his new book "Things a Little Bird Told Me," Stone describes his last day at Twitter, writing about how upsetting it was to learn the company was doing a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama.

Stone wanted Twitter to be government neutral.

"I just have this general philosophy that it's really all about people, not technology. I believe in the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology," Stone said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Whenever things happen around the world and Twitter gets mentioned along with it, I always try to make sure people see it's people that are doing this. You know, when the Berlin wall fell, it wasn't like AT&T was like, 'Hey they used phones! Phones helped!'" said Stone.
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April 14th, 2014
06:58 PM ET

First on CNN: Tax-writing lawmakers' tax issues - do as I say...

Washington (CNN) – The House Ways and Means Committee is the oldest, and arguably the most powerful, in Congress with members responsible for writing the nation's tax laws.

But a CNN investigation of all 39 Democrats and Republicans on the committee found that at least eight members have faced tax problems of their own.

For example, New York Rep. Tom Reed has been late paying his property taxes at least 46 times since 2005. And he racked up more than $6,200 in penalties and interest on more than $100,000 in taxes, according to county records.

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April 10th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Sheryl Sandberg on how graduates can 'Lean In,' privacy at Facebook, and women in government

CNN) – It’s graduation season, and as fresh faced young women are about to launch their careers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants them to “Lean In.”

The Silicon Valley executive is out with an updated version of her book, “Lean In: For Graduates.”
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April 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Lawyers ready to sue over missing jet targeting grieving families

(CNN) – Financial compensation can't bring back their loved ones. But that's not stopping teams of lawyers from lining up to offer their services to the families of the missing passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

CNN's Jean Casarez reports.

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