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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

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

politics lead

December 18th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Obama admin. bargaining below the radar

(CNN) – A new era of U.S. foreign policy on full display.

President Obama has long stated he hoped to reverse America's relationships with its most notorious enemies, like Cuba and Iran, by engaging their leaders in conversation and trying to find common ground. It hasn't always worked, but the president has shown he's willing to double down in the high stakes game of global diplomacy, especially when U.S. hostages are at stake.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

December 18th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Panel: Were North Korean "cyber soldiers" behind Sony hack?

(CNN) - The Sony hack has pulled the curtain back on a dangerous and mysterious branch of the North Korean military: cyber soldiers.

North Korean defectors say they are rigorously trained in the art of destruction and their battlefield can be pretty much anywhere in the world because they wage war from behind a computer screen.

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world lead

December 18th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Did Sony consult State Dept. on "The Interview"?

(CNN) – State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki is shrugging off any notion that the U.S. is setting a bad precedent now that Sony has caved to hackers.

"I can assure you the United States is not blinking or backing down or in a fear position here. We're well aware of the cyber threats not just from North Korea, but other countries out there," Psaki told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The fact is businesses, including movies, companies make business decisions and that's up to them to make. Private sector companies make their own decisions. That's the beauty of the private sector in the united states. We're going to continue to speak out. We believe in freedom of speech, expression that actors and actresses should be able to continue to do that."

Psaki also stopped short of calling the hackers' "cyberterrorists," despite their threats, which invoked 9-11 and led to Sony pulling the release of "The Interview" altogether, and the havoc they created on a major American company's hardware and operations.

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world lead

December 18th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

U.S. to blame North Korea for Sony cyberterror

(CNN) – A virtual terror attack with very real repercussions for U.S. national security.

Today, the Obama administration wouldn't say just who is responsible for the massive cyberattack of Sony pictures. But the government is getting closer and closer to confirming what CNN reported last night, with unnamed U.S. officials fingering North Korean hackers as the culprits.

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world lead

December 17th, 2014
06:46 PM ET

Reaction to news from Havana Streets

(CNN) - There's been praise and anger over the announcement of a dramatic change in the relationship between Cuba and the United States. CNN's Patrick Oppman reports from Havana, Cuba.

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