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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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July 31st, 2014
05:14 PM ET

CIA apologizes to Senate for spying

The CIA Director apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee after admitting they had spied on the panel's computers.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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July 16th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

CDC director: Anthrax exposure 'never should have happened'

(CNN) - Anthrax. Smallpox. A potentially deadly strain of the flu virus. The American public trusts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to handle dangerous biological materials, but recent incidents have put a damper on the agency's reputation, members of Congress said Wednesday.

"What happened was completely unacceptable," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in his testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations.

"It never should have happened."

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July 16th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Did Cabinet secretary illegally fundraise?

(CNN) – When you fundraise for a candidate, it's your right.

When the labor secretary does it, it's quite possibly illegal.
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July 14th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

What has AG Eric Holder so scared?

(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts.

Take, for instance, the current mix of bomb-makers from Yemen with foreign fighters in Syria.

"That's a deadly combination, where you have people who have the technical know-how along with the people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies. And it's something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern," he told ABC's "This Week."

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July 14th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Jetliner diverts to tiny island, mechanical glitch blamed

(CNN) - A Guam-bound United Airlines flight that was forced to land on remote Midway Island after pilots detected an electrical odor experienced a mechanical problem, the carrier said Monday.

The Boeing 777 was carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew from Honolulu when it diverted to the Pacific atoll last Thursday, United spokeswoman Mary Clark said.

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