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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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Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

politics lead

October 23rd, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Poll: Dead heat in New Hampshire Senate race

Watch Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown face off in a debate Thursday night, airing live at 7 p.m. ET on NH1 and CNN.com, as well as airing on CNN at 11 p.m. ET.

Londonderry, New Hampshire (CNN) - A new CNN/ORC poll shows a statistical dead heat between New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her GOP opponent Scott Brown, with Shaheen at 49%, Brown at 47%, and a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4%.

Perhaps even more telling is another politician's approval rating, and he's not even in the Granite State.

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Florida governor's debate

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October 21st, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Florida governor's debate

(CNN) – Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott faces off with Democratic candidate Charlie Crist.

Ebola, jobs, and wages
Is Gov. Scott confident Florida hospitals could treat Ebola patients? Why should voters trust Crist when he's changed his party and his views? And what about jobs, and minimum wages?


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October 21st, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Analyst: Obama made a classic Washington gaffe - he told the truth

(CNN) – In just two weeks time voters will decide the fate of the Senate, the candidates are gripping and grinning, raising cash so they can inundate living rooms with TV ads.

SOme Democrats locked in tight races are running from President Obama as if he were a regrettable ex at a class reunion; it's not a relationship candidates want to herald or talk about.

But Obama keeps butting into the conversation, bringing up all the history, all the good times shared.

"The bottom line is, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress," Obama said in an interview with MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton.

Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden and The Weekly Standard's William Kristol discuss.

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October 21st, 2014
05:59 PM ET

San Diego DA clears DeMaio of sexual misconduct, accuser of break-in

(CNN) - A former aide to congressional candidate Carl DeMaio will not be charged with breaking into DeMaio's campaign office, according to the San Diego district attorney.

Former campaign aide Todd Bosnich accused DeMaio of sexual harassment, including masturbating in front of him. DeMaio denied the allegation and said it was a cover story Bosnich made up after breaking into and vandalizing his campaign office. Bosnich denied breaking into DeMaio's office. The DA's office also announced it will not file sexual misconduct charges against DeMaio.

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October 21st, 2014
05:26 PM ET

CNN Florida governor debate: What to watch for

Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper and WJXT's Kent Justice will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Tuesday night in Jacksonville starting at 7 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Whether you like them, loathe them, or just want to see how they fair without a fan, you can catch Florida's gubernatorial candidates facing off tonight on CNN in their third and final debate.

CNN's Jake Tapper will be asking the tough questions, along with WJXT anchor Kent Justice. Check out their preview of tonight's debate in the video above.

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