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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 25th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Chaos on multiple fronts hampers Obama administration

(CNN) – The White House is facing foreign policy chaos on multiple fronts – from failed attempts at a ceasefire in Gaza, to the explosion of a passenger jet over the Ukrainian war zone, to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, to a rush of central american migrants at the border.

There is essentially a laundry list of human agony abroad for the administration to grapple with right now, all with massive implications back home, and none with easy answers.
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July 24th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Sen. Ayotte: It's time for Europe to step up on sanctions against Russia

(CNN) – A day before the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the United States expanded sanctions against Russia, targeting two banks, two energy companies, Ukraine separatists and defense companies.

But in the wake of the downing of Flight 17, and the U.S. now saying it has proof that Russia is firing into Ukraine, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, is calling on Europe to do more.

"It is time for Europe to step up," Ayotte said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

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July 18th, 2014
11:02 AM ET

McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

CNN and National Journal joined forces Thursday to explore the 2014 midterm elections at the first "Politics on Tap" event in Washington D.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joined CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar and Peter Hamby, as well as National Journal’s Ron Fournier, and Michelle Cottle for the private gathering. Check out some of the best highlights from the event on our Storify page.

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq.

The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008.
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July 16th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Clinton tells 'Daily Show' she wants office with 'fewer corners,' talks Mideast peace

Washington (CNN) - When Jon Stewart gave Hillary Clinton a career aptitude test on the 'Daily Show' Tuesday night, her answers alluded to a presidential bid - and she touched on the disintegration of a Middle East cease-fire she negotiated two years ago.

The former Secretary of State, Senator, First Lady and Cabinet member told the Comedy Central host that she wants a home office.

"Do you have a favorite shape for that home office? Would you like it to have corners?" he asked her.

"Fewer corners," said Clinton.

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July 16th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Democratic governor swings at White House over border crisis

(CNN) – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley defended his criticism of Obama administration plans to return thousands of undocumented children to Central America, even after his remarks sparked a heated discussion with a senior White House official.

In an interview with CNN, O'Malley acknowledged that he asked White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz that the immigrants not be sent to a site in western Maryland that was under consideration.

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