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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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

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October 20th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers

(CNN) - In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing the GOP's so-called war on women.

But the restaurant owned by Grimes' family doesn't always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out.

On the campaign trail, Grimes said recently, "I'm fighting for all Kentuckians, all working Americans across this nation. I don't believe $7.25 an hour raises a family of four above the poverty level."

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October 17th, 2014
07:12 PM ET

Hunter Biden, Bill Clinton, Gary Hart – when are scandals not ‘news’?

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden's younger son Hunter admits he used cocaine, after he was busted during a random drug test that led to his discharge from the Navy reserves which he joined less than two years ago.

The White House hasn't commented at all on this yet, but does it need to? When are political scandals not "news"?

Yahoo! News national political columnist Matt Bai's new book "All the Truth is Out"takes a fresh look at the scandal that sank Gary Hart's 1988 presidential bid. He joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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October 17th, 2014
10:16 AM ET

Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.

"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.

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October 16th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

'Cowboy poetry' on the plains: An off-beat Senate candidate

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (CNN) - A dimly lit sports bar reading "cowboy poetry" is not exactly where you'd expect to find a candidate for U.S. Senate.

But this was a campaign event Wednesday for Larry Pressler, a former Republican senator now running as an independent 18 years after he was voted out of office.

He joined a meeting of the Badger Clark Poetry Society, of which is he a member, to get his campaign messages across with couplets and free verse.

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October 16th, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Lawmakers play blame game on Ebola

(CNN) – For years the White House has insisted that President Obama is always on duty, whether he's at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, aboard Air Force One, or even on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

That's pretty much been the position of this White House, until yesterday, when Obama cancelled a fundraising trip to discuss Ebola. He cleared his schedule again today.

Why the change in approach?

CNN political commentator and Obama's deputy campaign manager in 2012 Stephanie Cutter, and The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discus.

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