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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

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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December 19th, 2014
06:54 PM ET

Clooney slams Hollywood cowardice for pulling film

(CNN) – Today, two of the most famous people on the planet are slamming Sony for yanking "The Interview."

George Clooney and President Obama - the latter of whom took time out of his year end news conference to say Sony's decision was a mistake.

"I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all out assault on a movie studio on a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco," the President stated. "I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that was a threat gives you a sense of kind of regime we're talking about here."

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December 19th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Colbert's epic goodbye

(CNN) – The Colbert Report ended its incredible 9 year run last night.

In the past 1,442 episodes, Stephen Colbert has pretty much done and seen it all. He's interviewed presidents and celebrities alike, had a NASA treadmill named after him, and hosted a rally on the national mall to restore sanity and/or fear.

Last night, on the final show, he brought back a just a few friends, including CNN's Jake Tapper to send Colbert - the pukey-pundit character Colbert, that is - into immortality.

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December 18th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Celebrities slam Sony for pulling 'The Interview'

(CNN) – In an unexpected twist, Sony's decision has actually managed to get some hardcore Hollywood liberals and prominent republicans on the same page. So maybe the terrorists haven't won after all?

From Mitt Romney to Michael Moore, there has been widespread backlash against Sony for pulling "The Interview" over terrorism threats. Celebrity critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from an act of cowardice, to a threat to freedom.

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December 11th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

U.S. agency tries and fails to infiltrate Cuba's hip hop scene

(CNN) – In the famous words of rapper Eminem, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, would you capture it, or just let it slip?

Well, if you are the U.S. Agency for International Development, and that opportunity was infiltrating the Cuban hip hop scene, the answer is let it slip – or more like let it fumble.
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December 10th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Angelina Jolie, other stars slammed in hacked Sony emails

(CNN) – Sources with firsthand knowledge of the investigation into the attack on Sony's system say it is unlike anything seen in the U.S., and it has caught the attention of U.S. government officials at the highest levels.

Read: The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The mega hack of Sony's computer system is proving to be even bigger and more damaging than previously realized.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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