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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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world lead

January 2nd, 2015
06:21 PM ET

Families frustrated with slow progress of search

Families of the missing remain huddled in Surabaya, Indonesia, day after day, waiting for the grim news.

It's been a particularly difficult test of faith for a small group of worshippers. The group has only 45,000 congregants around Indonesia, and a local pastor says 46 members of the church boarded Flight 8501.

CNN's David Molko reports from Surabaya.

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pop lead

January 2nd, 2015
06:07 PM ET

What did Ebert's friends learn from new CNN documentary?

Film critic and friend of Roger Ebert, Kenneth Turan, says Ebert's impact on film was much larger than just his syndicated show with Gene Siskel.

CNN Film's "Life Itself" airs Sunday January 4th.

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pop lead

January 2nd, 2015
06:03 PM ET

Remembering the king of critics, Roger Ebert

Before there were Facebook likes, he owned the thumbs up. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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politics lead

January 2nd, 2015
06:01 PM ET

New Year's resolutions for 2016 hopefuls

It's New Year's, so it's time for resolutions. Eating right. Going to the gym. Quitting smoking. Divesting interests from boards, nonprofit organizations and private sector corporations that could complicate your presidential run.

Okay, that last one isn't really a common resolution, but it was breaking news as the ball dropped Wednesday night - Jeb Bush took that step, getting ready for his 2016 possible candidacy.

CNN's Chris Moody and The Atlantic's Molly Ball discuss resolutions that he and the other would-be candidates need to make.

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politics lead

January 2nd, 2015
05:45 PM ET

Mario Cuomo: Death of a political giant

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away from heart failure Thursday evening at the age of 82.

The son of Italian immigrants, Cuomo rose to the state's highest office serving three terms in Albany from 1983 to 1994.

He first drew national attention at the 1984 democratic convention when his keynote address underscoring the tenets of liberal politics during the Reagan era–brought the capacity crowd in San Francisco to its feet.

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