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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 30th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Al Qaeda bomb-maker alive and plotting?

(CNN) – The U.S. intelligence community is saying one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world survived U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

He isn't a member of ISIS, but a French bomb-maker for the terror group know as Khorosan, an al Qaeda affiliated group with a focus on recruiting foreign fighters with western passports to carry out terror attacks on airlines.

Despite the flashy videos and barbaric executions staged by ISIS, officials say the French bomb-maker may be the biggest threat to the United States right now.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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October 29th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Report: Obama administration official calls Netanyahu a chickens**t

(CNN) – It is no secret relations between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been rocky, at best.

Now the fight between the two 'frenemies' has devolved into the type of name-calling usually reserved for the Facebook comments section.

"The thing about Bibi is, he's a chickens**t," an Obama administration official told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "The good thing about Netanyahu is that he's scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won't do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he's interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. ... He's got no guts."

Welcome to Washington where people freely and crudely disparage the courage of others, but they'll only do so anonymously.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, host of "The Situation Room" joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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October 28th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Is Obama overreacting to Bush's overreaction?

(CNN) – Despite claims of progress by the Pentagon, ISIS remains hellbent on bringing their brand of terror to American shores.

With threat streams from all across the world – ISIS, Ebola, ornery Russian dictators – converging on Washington, how does President Obama avoid falling into the trap of just reacting, and go about leading?

CEO and editor at large of Foreign Policy Magazine and author of "National Insecurity" David Rothkopf joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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October 28th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

'They would torture you': ISIS prisoners reveal life inside terror group

Jazir Cantonment, Kurdish-controlled Syria (CNN) - The blindfolded prisoners are brought into the dank gray room, one by one, and begin to tell us their stories.

We're in a prison run by Kurdish militants here in northern Syria. The Kurds won't allow us to see the cells where the prisoners are being held. Their prisoners, they say, are members of ISIS.

When the first detainee sits down, I ask the guard to please remove his blindfold. He blinks in the bright light and clearly looks surprised to see a foreigner sitting in front of him.

The second prisoner who arrives trembled with fear when he was brought in. I introduce myself to each detainee as an American journalist.

"You don't have to talk if you don't feel comfortable," I add. Each man speaks, though some cast darting glances at the prison guards who watch each interview.

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October 27th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

U.S. General, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip

(CNN) - Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.

The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.

William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.

There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.

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