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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

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

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September 18th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Rainfall in Texas causes massive flooding

(CNN) – The remnants of Hurricane Odile are bringing more rain to already-waterlogged Texas, and more flooding could be in the forecast.

The wet weather is already closing roads and endangering lives. Overnight a Travis County deputy's car was swept away in a flash flood as she checked on a road crossing. Her empty patrol car was pulled from the water this afternoon.

Travis County sheriff's office public information officer Roger Wade updates CNN the latest details.

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September 16th, 2014
07:13 PM ET

GAO report: Insurers not following Obamacare's abortion restrictions

(CNN) – It was one of the trickiest issues when lawmakers were debating Obamacare, in the end, the Affordable Care Act squeaked through congress after lawmakers crafted a compromise about abortion coverage. Customers who wanted to purchase a health plan that covers abortion services would be required to send a separate check to their insurers for that coverage. That way, no taxpayer money would be used to subsidize abortion.

But a new study by the federal Government Accountability Office surveyed 18 insurers.
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September 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Vets of Iraq, Afghanistan being short-changed on the Medal of Honor?

(CNN) – The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, signifying extraordinary acts of valor.

But increasingly, those who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking: Why are so few of today's troops considered worthy of the honor?

World Wars I and II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam brought hundreds of Medals of Honor – WWI 130 medals, WWII 472, Korea 146, and Vietnam now 258 has after Monday's presentations to Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins and Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

For the Iraq War, there have been just four medals presented, all posthumously. America's longest war in Afghanistan has just 12.

Why?
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September 15th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

Government agencies not securing your data, or your kids'

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – You might think that your government is vigilant when it comes to securing your personal information, or that of your children. You would be wrong.

Hackers have discovered one of the biggest potential security holes of the modern era, one that can leave data exposed to any hacker willing to find it. And in at least one instance, that vulnerability has resulted in a data breach impacting almost three dozen children and their families.

"We estimated over 100,000 identities could have been compromised at this point," said hacker Bryan Seely, a tech expert who told his story to CNN in an interview that will air on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on Monday.
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September 12th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Big solar storm hitting Earth

Will you be watching for the Northern Lights? Share your photos with CNN iReport.

(CNN) - Big storms are hitting Earth, but you don't need a raincoat or umbrella.

These storms are coming from the sun. It's raining down a huge amount of solar radiation. We're safe, but power grids, radios and satellites may be affected.

Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events has arrived, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday.

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