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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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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

money lead

March 19th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Time for a tech upgrade for aviation industry?

(CNN) - How, in the era of the NSA and with everyone basically carrying a tracking device in their pockets, did a giant plane get lost?

Truth is, the airline industry still relies heavily on outdated tracking technology. And what good are backstops anyway, when pilots or other individuals can turn them off?

Is there anything coming down the pike that can save lives that the airline industry is willing to pay for?

CNN's Athena Jones takes a look.

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pop lead

January 17th, 2014
07:03 PM ET

Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party the hottest ticket in town?

(CNN) - An invitation to a White House dance party Saturday night to celebrate Michelle Obama's 50th birthday is the hottest ticket in town.

Think less inaugural ball, and more "Saturday Night Fever." While the First Lady may be sending tweets about joining AARP, she's known for her dancing prowess. The party's host – the President - has told guests to wear comfortable shoes.

"She's got a really fun loving streak. She loves to dance. She loves music and why not, you know, you only turn 50 once so why not make the most of it," said The Chicago Tribune's Katherine Skiba, who has covered the First Lady since the Obamas entered the White House in 2009.

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national lead

January 1st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Female WWII pilots honored with float in Rose Parade

(CNN) – As a young woman growing up just miles from O'Hare Airport outside of Chicago, Lorraine Rodgers was fascinated with aviation.

It was the early 1940s, and Amelia Earhart had become the first woman to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean a decade earlier. Charles Lindbergh had done it a few years before that.

"I read every word I could about them and what they did," said Rodgers, now 93. "I wanted to fly."

Rodgers got a job so she could pay for flying lessons every Saturday. In the fall of 1942, she read in the paper about an experimental program to train female pilots for domestic duty and free up men to fight overseas.


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politics lead

November 20th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

Rep. Trey Radel gets probation for cocaine bust, to seek treatment

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Trey Radel was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession - a charge that authorities say came after he bought a small amount of cocaine in a sting in the nation's capital last month.

Radel, a 37-year-old first-term Republican from Florida, said at his sentencing in D.C. Superior Court that he plans to enter an inpatient drug treatment program in Naples, Florida. It wasn't immediately clear how long he would be in treatment.


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politics lead

September 6th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Congressmen get earfuls from angry constituents about Syria at town halls

Congressmen are facing heat from their constituents over potential military action in Syria.

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