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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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Taxes you don't know you owe, plus the latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

Taxes you don't know you owe, plus the latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

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April 14th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Kansas shooting 'really is terrorism,' says law center director

(CNN) – The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups, and the man with a history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric that went on a shooting rampage Sunday had been on its radar since the early 1970s.

"He's a hardcore anti-Semite and white supremacist. And basically his life's work has been hating Jews," says Heidi Beirich, project director with the law center.

Frazier Glenn Cross is the suspect. He is accused of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.

After he was apprehended at a nearby elementary school, Cross sat in the back of a patrol car and shouted "Heil Hitler!" Investigators have determined that the shootings could be a hate crime, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a Monday news conference.

But had he yelled "Allahu Akbar" instead, he could have also faced terrorism charges.
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April 14th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

'Evil people do evil things,' says son who lost his father and nephew in Kansas shooting

(CNN) – For Will Corporon, there is no making sense of the shooting that killed his father and nephew outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City.

"Evil people do evil things, and what we will rely on is our faith to get us through this," Corporon said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tappper."
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April 10th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

The fight to 'Lean In': Sheryl Sandberg's road to success

(CNN) – "Lean In" is a phrase that seems innocent enough, but it has quickly turned into a rallying cry for some, and an example of what's wrong with gender equality movements for others.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the author of that phrase, is a woman who says her only message was to encourage women to fight for their fair share. Judging by her résumé, she's certainly leading by example.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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April 10th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Author: Public debate and private views didn't always square among leaders who pushed Civil Rights Act 50 years ago

(CNN) – It's been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The icons of the era – from Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Kennedys, to President Lyndon B. Johnson – made history, but there were many more unsung heroes of this historic accomplishment including a host of Republican lawmakers who made the bipartisan bill possible.

It's a story told in thrilling detail in the new book "An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

Author Todd Purdum, senior writer at Politico and Vanity Fair contributing editor joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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April 10th, 2014
05:00 PM ET

After Pennsylvania school stabbing, authorities and community ask: 'Why?'

Murrysville, Pennsylvania (CNN) – A day after a Pennsylvania student rampaged through his high school's hallways, stabbing wildly with two kitchen knives, hints of a motive remain elusive.

Who is 16-year-old Alex Hribal, and what troubled him?

Hribal was charged as an adult and faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault related to the 21 people he allegedly wounded.

Some classmates at Franklin Regional Senior High School describe him as having few friends and being quiet, but also as a "really nice kid."

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