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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 Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

Will Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

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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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August 13th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Remembering 'The Look' Lauren Bacall

(CNN) – Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Tuesday. She was 89.

Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York.

She was anointed a legend during her lifetime by the American Film Institute, but she wasn't fond of that, she told CNN's Larry King in an interview in 2005.

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August 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Robin Williams: A 'true friend' of the troops

(CNN) – Amid the chaos of war, Robin Williams was a constant, a familiar face to help cheer the war weary. Whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, where the troops went, so did Williams.

Williams did six United Service Organizations tours traveling to 13 countries entertaining the troops. The USO said he performed for nearly 90,000 service members.

"It's good to be in a room with fake beer. Having just got out of rehab that's a good choice. Cause I was violating my standards quicker than I could lower them," Williams joked during one such tour.
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