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

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What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

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July 10th, 2014
06:45 PM ET

In Texas, Obama mocks House GOP

Austin, Texas (CNN) – President Barack Obama is using a famous movie line to express his frustration with congressional Republicans.

During a speech in Austin, Texas on Thursday, the President compared himself to Mark Wahlberg's character in Martin Scorsese's film "The Departed," as he criticized GOP lawmakers for inaction and for threatening to sue him for his use of executive authority.

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July 7th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Clinton explains defense in controversial rape case

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton pushed back at ongoing criticism of her providing legal defense decades ago to an accused rapist, explaining that she had asked not to be assigned to the case but ultimately had a responsibility to represent her client.

In 1975, Clinton, a 27-year-old attorney, was appointed by a judge to represent Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old man accused of raping a young girl, for free while working at the legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas.

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June 6th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

The time Obama asked Hillary to attack Palin

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton dishes on the Obama campaign's reaction to then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's selection as Sen. John McCain's running mate, and why she declined to follow the Obama campaign's playbook on slamming the pick, in her upcoming book, "Hard Choices," a copy of which has been obtained CBS News.
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June 6th, 2014
04:47 PM ET

In book, Clinton raised concern about any Taliban talks for Bergdahl

(CNN) - When she was America's top diplomat, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that negotiating with the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl's release "would be hard to swallow for many Americans," according to a copy of her upcoming book, "Hard Choices," which was obtained by CBS News.

In other foreign policy matters, Clinton writes how she pushed for arming Syrian rebels and also highlights her differences with President Barack Obama on the high-stakes issue. She also said that she regretted her 2002 vote in support of U.S. military action in Iraq.

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May 13th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Rove walks back accusations on Clinton's health

(CNN) – Karl Rove's suggestion that Hillary Clinton suffers from a brain injury is coming under attack.

Rove, the mastermind behind George W. Bush's two presidential election victories, appeared at a conference last Thursday, where he discussed a 2012 incident that sent the then-secretary of state to the hospital, according to the New York Post's Page Six, the newspaper's well-known gossip column.

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