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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 6th, 2014
06:59 PM ET

Ben Affleck, Bill Maher in heated debate about Islam

(CNN) - Ben Affleck's appearance on Bill Maher's "Real Time" on Friday turned into a somewhat heated discussion when Maher and author Sam Harris voiced their opinions on Islam.

"Gone Girl" star Affleck took umbrage at the pair's contention that Islam is, in Harris' words, a "mother lode of bad ideas" and that liberals are squeamish about criticizing Islam for stances on women and LGBT issues because people "have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where every criticism gets confused with bigotry toward Muslims as people."

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September 26th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Movie 'Fort Bliss' spotlights female soldier's tough return to family

(CNN) – Actress Michelle Monaghan stars in the new film "Fort Bliss," a movie that highlights the struggle of female service members trying to strike a balance between their roles as soldiers, and as mothers.

It is not your typical war movie.

"We're focusing on the struggles that the family incurs," Monaghan said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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September 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

The Wrap editor: SNL has a ‘diversity deluge’ going on

(CNN) – It was nearly 40 years ago when NBC's "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jane Curtin got something off her chest, so to speak, about getting a less-than-warm reception after she replaced Chevy Chase on the "Weekend Update" desk.

Now, history is in many ways repeating itself on the iconic fake news show.

Cecily Strong, who served as co-anchor on the show for a year, is out. Taking her place is a new cast member, Michael Che.

Che joins Colin Jost, becoming the first African-American behind that desk, and creating Weekend Update's first male anchor duo team.
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September 4th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing is under investigation

(CNN) - The outpatient clinic where comedian Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest during a procedure last week is being investigated, a health official said Thursday.

Rivers was on life support and died at a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said.

"She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends," Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

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September 4th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Don Rickles: Joan Rivers was very smart, and off-stage very caring

(CNN) – Don Rickles' relationship with fellow comedian Joan Rivers goes way, way back.

"Now that I'm 27, it's hard for me to remember," he joked, doing what his friend would have wanted him to go on doing after her death – make people laugh.

"She always had a great sense of humor," Rickles said. "A lot of people don't know she was a very smart lady. I mean it, knowledge-wise, I mean she could talk about any subject you could think of."
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