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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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April 18th, 2014
03:53 PM ET

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Russia is going to far out man Ukraine, "but we need to make sure that they understand they're going to pay a price if they do come in," says Corker.
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April 17th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

The Obama-Biden bromance

(CNN) -The White House is framing it as POTUS Bromance, a BROTUS.

"Joe and I decided it was time for a guy's trip," President Barack Obama said on Wednesday as he and Vice President Joe Biden began an event in Pennsylvania.

The two pals hit the road Wednesday, snapping a ‘selfie’ in the back of the presidential limo, posting it to the White House Twitter account with the caption, “Pals.”
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April 11th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Feds: Dem. Calif. pol Leland Yee schemed to trade arms for campaign cash

San Francisco (CNN) – Leland Yee needed cash.

First, the ambitious California state senator had to fund his 2011 race for mayor of San Francisco. When he came in fifth, he was stuck with $70,000 in campaign debt that he had to retire before he could mount his next run, for secretary of state - a costly statewide venture.

And that's how prosecutors say Yee ended up sitting across from an undercover federal agent in a coffee shop in early March, brokering what he was told was a $2 million arms deal that would include the purchase of shoulder-fired missiles from Islamic rebels in the Philippines.

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April 11th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Meet the unlikely force behind SuperPAC supporting Clinton brings in $6 million

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is dodging not just shoes, but questions about whether she will run for president again.

But in the meantime, there's a giant fundraising operation underway. Meet the unlikely force behind Ready for Hillary and it's $1.7 million bank account.

CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

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April 10th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Bush vs. Clinton: Who's got the sharper shoe dodging instincts?

(CNN) – A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.

She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.

"My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped.

The moment is reminiscent of President George W. Bush's famous duck in 2008 when an Iraqi journalist hurled a shoe at him.

Side by side, who's got the sharper shoe dodging instincts, would you say?

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