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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 24th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Pentagon: Hagel was not fired

(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position as soon as the Senate confirms a successor.

Hagel was pushed out - effectively fired - sources tell CNN. The Pentagon flatly denies that was the case.

"This was a mutual agreement that he and the President came to after a series of discussions that began as far back as late October," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Both men agreed that a change in leadership at the Pentagon was probably appropriate right now," he said.

For more of our interview with the Pentagon's Rear Adm. John Kirby, check out the video above.

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November 21st, 2014
06:26 PM ET

In Vegas, Obama pushes for public support on immigration

Las Vegas (CNN) - His new immigration plan stamped and signed, President Barack Obama on Friday rallied support behind his decision to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, though a heckler in a mostly supportive crowd in Las Vegas illustrated the high-voltage issue is far from settled.

Speaking at the same high school he visited to push immigration legislation in 2013, Obama said his plan came about after years of GOP inaction, despite what he described as a willingness on his part to compromise.

"I cajoled, I called, I met. I told (House Speaker) John Boehner I'll wash your car, I'll walk your dog, whatever you need to do," he said.

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November 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Will Obama's action really bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows?

(CNN) – President Obama's executive action on immigration could give legal status to five million undocumented immigrants.

But will Obama's move bring them out of the shadows, or will many remain there?

CNN political commentators Ana Navarro and Stephanie Cutter, and the National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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November 21st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Santorum: Obama's immigration action lacks compassion for U.S. workers

(CNN) – Former senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joining Republicans in criticizing President Obama's executive action on immigration, saying it disadvantages American workers.

"You want to talk about compassion, how you about compassion for the American worker," Santorum said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "How about somebody who is trying to make ends meet working two and three jobs who now has 5 million more people competing for that job."

For more of our interview with former senator Rick Santorum, check out the video above.

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November 21st, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Opposing Obama’s immigration reform poses challenges for GOP leadership

Washington (CNN) – Republican leadership will have to beat back conservatives who are eager to strike down President Obama's executive order on immigration, because there is no immediate way to deal with the issue.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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