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

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How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

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September 29th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

CNN Poll: Is the U.S. hawkish or dovish?

With the United States now launching airstrikes in Syria - the seventh country bombed under the Obama administration-debate over foreign policy has once again ballooned, pitting the interventionist hawks against non-interventionist doves.

A new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that half of Americans consider themselves doves on foreign policy, while slightly less describe themselves as hawks. The poll also shows that two-thirds of Americans describe President Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as a dove, while 29% consider him a hawk.

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September 29th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Roundtable: How did Carney describe ISIS in 2013?

(CNN) - President Obama admitted last night on "60 minutes" that his administration "under-estimated what had been taking place in Syria."

This comes after the President initially claimed ISIS was "jay-vee," and his own White House Press Secretary Jay Carney categorized ISIS as an "increasingly large, sophisticated, and well-armed ISIL network, which is able to mount coordinated and complex attacks."

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September 26th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

ISIS on the campaign trail

(CNN) – In competitive races across the country, Republicans are seizing on national security as their weapon of choice to defeat their Democratic opponents.

No where is that more obvious than in New Hampshire, where U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria have taken center stage in the tight race for the Senate seat.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.


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September 23rd, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Rubio: U.S. ground troops likely needed to ‘finish the job’ of defeating ISIS

(CNN) – U.S. strikes across Syria early Tuesday targeted ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for beheading two American journalists, and waging a terror campaign across vast swaths of Iraq and Syria.

But another target was the relatively unknown Khorasan Group - a collection of senior al Qaeda members who have moved into Syria.

"This is a group of very knowledgeable, experienced al Qaeda fighters," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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September 22nd, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Chris Christie builds profile as he eyes 2016 presidential run

Washington (CNN) - When he won re-election by a landslide last year, Chris Christie's calling card became the Republican who can get Democratic votes.

This week, the New Jersey governor travels to three blue states - Illinois, Connecticut and Michigan - to show Republicans gubernatorial candidates how it's done.

It's a busy travel schedule that comes as government sources say they have no evidence so far that Christie was personally involved in last year's George Washington Bridge scandal. The governor has long said he had no previous knowledge of the plot to close down access lanes to the country's busiest bridge out of apparent political retribution.

Christie is clearly relieved.

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