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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 26th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Ferguson poised for third night of chaos

(CNN) – The National Guard has been credited with keeping the violence in Ferguson in check Tuesday night. Will there be the same number of troops on the ground tonight?

CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

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November 26th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Michael Brown's mother: 'This could be your child'

Watch CNN's interview with Michael Brown's parents at 8 p.m. ET on "Anderson Cooper 360."

(CNN) - Michael Brown's mother says hearing that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officer who killed her son felt like getting shot.

"We heard this and it was just like, like I had been shot. Like you shoot me now - just no respect, no sympathy, nothing," Lesley McSpadden told CNN's Sunny Hostin on Wednesday. "This could be your child. This could be anybody's child."

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November 26th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

What passes for good news in Ferguson

(CNN) – The streets of Ferguson burst at the seams with protesters once again. Most were peaceful, yet there was also violence and unrest, as police cars were turned over, and torched in front of city hall.

Yet, Tuesday night was considered an improvement for officials.
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November 26th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Thanksgiving travel: Messy mix of snow, rain and delayed flights

Have your travel plans hit a snag? Send us an iReport.

(CNN) - Here's one thing some will not be so thankful for: a messy mix of snow, rain and sleet for Turkey Day.

A storm will dump rain and snow across the East Coast early Wednesday, causing delays of up to six hours on the busiest travel period of the year.

About 30 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Maine could be affected.

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November 25th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Fmr. prosecutor 'embarrassed' by handling of Ferguson grand jury

(CNN) – Former Federal Prosecutor Paul Butler slammed the handling of the Ferguson grand jury, which decided Monday not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"This grand jury was not going to indict the police officer for killing this young black child. Why? Because the prosecutor did not want them to," Butler said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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