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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.
(CNN) - One New Orleans columnist says that Rep. Steve Scalise should have known the awfulness of the white supremacist organization he alleged spoke to in 2002, but that cozying up to a group like that was a way to win in Louisiana politics.
The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com columnist, Jarvis DeBerry, joins "The Lead" to explain.
(CNN) - It seems there are more questions than answers surrounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, and whether or not he spoke to a white supremacist group back in 2002.
He apologized yesterday for appearing at the convention of the European American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by David Duke, the notorious former Klan leader and state lawmaker.
But Duke's former campaign manager told Slate.com that Scalise actually had been invited to talk to a local civic association gathering in the same location, saying quote: "He spoke early in the day to a contingent of people prior to the conference kicking off. He was not there as a guest speaker at the conference."
If that's true, then what did Scalise apologize for?
CNN's Athena Jones joins "The Lead" live with all the latest.
(CNN) - Larry Sabato, director of University of Virginia's Center for Politics, joins "The Lead" to discuss the racial controversy surrounding Rep. Steve Scalise and his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.
(CNN) - Heidi Snow, author of "Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it," joins "The Lead" to discuss the difficult road ahead for the families of AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
Snow tragically lost her fiance in the crash of TWA Flight 800 back in 1996. She's a founder of the support group "Access," which counsels families dealing with aviation tragedies.