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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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Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

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October 23rd, 2014
07:31 PM ET

Ottawa shooting suspect had ties to online jihadists

(CNN) – The alleged gunman behind Wednesday's Ottawa shootings, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, had "connections" to jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, multiple U.S. sources told CNN on Thursday.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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October 23rd, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Canadian shooting: What we know

(CNN) – A day after a gunman killed an army reservist in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, many questions remain.

Why did he shoot? Why did he target Nathan Cirillo? Is he connected to the militant group ISIS? Here's a list of what we know - and don't know - in the Ottawa shooting.

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October 23rd, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Is there a national security gap in Canada?

(CNN) – The suspects involved in two separate attacks in Canada this week were known to government authorities.

The suspect involved in Wednesday's Ottawa shootings, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, had applied for a Libyan visa and was denied. The man who ran over and killed a Canadian soldier Monday had had his passport confiscated after expressing a desire to go to Syria to fight.

Authorities were aware of these men, and yet both, were able to carry out attacks, and kill Canadian soldiers.

Is there a national security gap?

"There are questions that we're asking in parliament about why these men who had registered as being dangerous weren't under closer surveillance," Member of Parliament Chrystia Freeland said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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October 22nd, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Obama: We stand side-by-side with Canada

(CNN) – President Barack Obama comments on the Ottawa shootings around Parliament Hill that have left on Canadian soldier dead.

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October 22nd, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Canada's past battles with terror

(CNN) – The FBI is on alert after shots were fired in and near Canada's Parliament building Wednesday.

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is dead, along with one gunman, and police in Canada are not ruling out more suspects.

This is the second time this week that the Canadian military became a target. On Monday, suspected ISIS supporter Martin Rouleau ran a car into two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one.
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