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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

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October 30th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

2016 attacks begin early

(CNN) – The high stakes midterm elections are just five days away, and the 2016 race for White House will begin just hours after next Tuesday's ballots are cast.

Or has it already started?

Just in the past few hours it seems some possible hopefuls can't contain themselves, unable to hold off any longer.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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October 30th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Struggle for the Senate: 4 of our favorite midterm races

(CNN) – Raindrops on yard signs and angry rude voters. Moldy incumbents and vain self-promoters. Brown paper ballots all tied up with strings. These are a few of our favorite things.

In that spirit - CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" brought in three political gurus to discuss their favorite races around the country.

Check out the top picks from CNN's Peter Hamby, Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, and our own Jake Tapper.

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October 29th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

In Iowa, it already looks like 2016

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) - The Iowa caucuses are 16 months away, but judging from the way potential presidential candidates are visiting this state, you'd think they were next week.

But White House hopefuls are taking advantage of the fact that next week is the first competitive Senate election here in decades. They're coming to campaign with the candidates early and often.

Hillary Clinton's Wednesday with the Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley was about electing Bruce Braley. She talked almost exclusively about his bona fides, and the problems with his Republican opponent.

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October 29th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

New reality TV show puts two rival senators on a remote island. What could possibly go wrong?

(CNN) – With fierce battles for territory, thundering political storms, and an uncertain fate for its inhabitants, the Senate is a real jungle this election season.

So in a voluntary bid for compromise, rival Senators Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, went to an actual jungle to see if negotiations were any easier there.

The duo's week of isolation was filmed by the Discovery Channel, for its new show "Rival Survival."

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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October 28th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

The key races that could decide control of the Senate

(CNN) – Ten very close Senate races are still up for grabs, and it appears these states will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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