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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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How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

politics lead

September 22nd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Secret Service beefs up presence after 2 White House security incidents

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Secret Service boosted its presence and its surveillance measures around the White House on Monday after an Iraq war veteran, who is apparently suffering from PTSD, jumped over a White House fence.

Officers patrolling the area will be out in greater numbers and will be "looking for individuals who don't look like tourists," a federal law enforcement officer told CNN.

Two security incidents in two days have raised concerns about the safety at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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national lead

September 22nd, 2014
05:14 PM ET

Search intensifies for cop killer suspect

(CNN) - Authorities hunting suspected cop-killer Eric Matthew Frein say they discovered an AK-47 rifle, some magazines and a small bag of ammo in the northeastern Pennsylvania woods where they believe he was hiding.

"He's out in those woods right now," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett told reporters Monday morning. He was flanked by State Police Lt. Col George Bivens, who added, "I do believe that we are close to him at this point."

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world lead

September 18th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Australian PM: Public execution terror plot foiled

(CNN) - Two men were charged Thursday in connection with a terror plot that Australia's prime minister said involved plans to carry out a public execution.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a "demonstration killing" - a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the public, behead the victim and then drape him or her in an ISIS flag.

The foiled plot comes just days after the country raised its terror alert to high and in the midst of Australia committing to helping the United States and a broad international coalition to beat back the Islamic State, or ISIS.

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world lead

September 2nd, 2014
05:29 PM ET

ISIS: Second beheading is a 'message to America'

(CNN) - A video that shows the beheading of American Steven Sotloff was delivered as a "second message to America" to halt airstrikes in Iraq, following through on a threat to kill the journalist.

In the video posted Tuesday online, Sotloff says - in a message surely scripted by his captors - that he is "paying the price" for U.S. military intervention.

The intelligence community in the United States is working to confirm the authenticity of the video, and the journalist's family was waiting for that formal authentication that Sotloff has been killed.

"The family knows of the video and is grieving privately," family spokesman Barak Barfi said.

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national lead

August 26th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Scathing report slams veterans' care but says no definite link to deaths

(CNN) - A lengthy report on wait times at VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had "clinically significant delays" in care, and six of them died, but investigators couldn't conclusively link their deaths to the delays.

The scathing report, released Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General, said the delays were because of scheduling issues.

There were also 17 patients - 14 of whom died - in the review who received poor care but not as a result of access or scheduling issues.

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