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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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September 1st, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Election season kicks into high gear

Labor Day in Washington echoes like a starter pistol's blast, signaling that election season is kicking into high gear.

CNN’s Dana Bash reports on the upcoming midterm elections.

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September 1st, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Mad dash for the midterms

As the sprint towards the midterm elections begins, CNN's Dana Bash, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Martin and Doug Heye discuss which political party has the momentum going into the races to gain control of Capitol Hill.

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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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