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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

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

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August 27th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

McConnell, opponent react to secret audio tape with Koch brothers

(CNN) – Democrats are hyperventilating over audio obtained by The Nation, of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the GOP will be attaching "riders" on the spending bill, to force the President's hand on everything from Obamacare to funding for the EPA. He made the comments two months ago to a group of donors, including the Koch brothers.
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August 26th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Sen. Sanders: Companies, like Burger King, leaving to avoid taxes ‘have absolutely no loyalty’ to United States

(CNN) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, has been an outspoken critic on tax loopholes, like tax inversion, a loophole that Burger King may benefit from if it merges with Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and moves its base to Canada.

The deal would mean a lower rate for the American fast food chain.

"Not only is this tax inversion an outrage, we are losing now about $100 billion in federal revenue every year," Sanders said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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August 13th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Obama and Hillary Clinton will 'absolutely' hug it out

(CNN) – The book tour to rival all book tours continues on Martha's Vineyard, where Hillary Clinton is signing copies of her autobiography, "Hard Choices."

It's turning out to be a big week on the island, and tonight will be the main event. Clinton told reporters Wednesday she "absolutely" looks forward to hugging it out with the President at a party tonight hosted by a mutual friend.
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August 6th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Obama's latest 'all-time low'

(CNN) – The phrase "all time low" seems to precede a lot of the recent polling of the President's approval ratings lately.

The latest numbers from NBC and the Wall Street Journal are no exception to that trend – just 40% of Americans like the job their President is doing.

But the public's dissatisfaction spreads far beyond just the White House.

Democratic strategist and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" Stephanie Cutter and the Heritage Foundation's Jim Carafano discuss.

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August 1st, 2014
07:10 PM ET

Obama on pending CIA report: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington (CNN) – A report on CIA interrogation practices after 9/11 will be declassified in the coming weeks.

Today, President Obama gave his declarative take on the report, saying, "In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks."

The President also stood by his CIA Director John Brennan, who is accused of a "reversal" at the very minimum and flat out lying through his teeth by some who want him out.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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