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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 19th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Jerusalem ramps up security after deadly synagogue attack

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Jerusalem (CNN) - Jerusalem ramped up security after two Palestinian cousins wielding a gun and butcher knives attacked a synagogue during morning prayers, killing four worshipers and a police officer and wounding several others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a strong reaction to Tuesday's killings. He characterized the attack, which drew condemnation from around the world, as the result of a "blood libel" fanned by Palestinian leaders.

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November 18th, 2014
07:17 PM ET

Former Israeli Ambassador: Palestinian leadership praises act of terror

(CNN) – President Obama swiftly condemned the terror attacks at a synagogue that left four rabbis and a policeman dead in Jerusalem this morning, but implored both sides to back away from the very violent ledge where they're teetering.

"Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time, I think it's important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence," Obama said in a brief statement.

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November 18th, 2014
07:09 PM ET

Former hostage: European nations need to stop paying ransom

(CNN) - European nations are increasingly acquiescing to terrorists' ransom demands, despite private pressure on their governments and at the determinant of American citizen hostages, says investigative journalist and former Taliban hostage David Rohde.

"There has been private pressure put on these European governments but it hasn't worked. The record government paid, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, is a government paid $40 million a couple of years ago for the release of four French hostages in West Africa. That's $10 million a head," Rohdes told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The problem is not just that these European states are paying, it's that they're paying more and more. The expectations from these groups is that they can get huge ransoms and when you're talking $10 million, no family, no organization can pay that large a ransom."

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November 18th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Terrorist attack in Israel kills 3 Americans, others

(CNN) – A terror attack in Jerusalem has left three American rabbis and a British one dead, butchered during their morning prayers, along with a policeman who was critically wounded in the attack and eventually succumbed from his wounds.

Israeli police are still piecing together the details of the attack, but the pictures convey abject horror from inside a place of worship: the hallway streaked red from the carnage, holy garments used in prayer strewn across the floor, sitting in pools of blood.

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November 18th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Obama administration orders review of hostage policy

(CNN) – Some of the families of Americans taken hostage by ISIS terrorists have been critical of the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate releases of their loved ones. And now, some indication that the White House is trying to fix whatever problems exist.

The mother of one of those murdered hostages, journalist James Foley, openly assailed the Obama administration after her son's murder, saying U.S. officials seemed disengaged and even annoyed by efforts to free him. Now, President Obama has ordered a review of how U.S. hostage cases are handled going forward.

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