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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

politics lead

November 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Will Obama's action really bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows?

(CNN) – President Obama's executive action on immigration could give legal status to five million undocumented immigrants.

But will Obama's move bring them out of the shadows, or will many remain there?

CNN political commentators Ana Navarro and Stephanie Cutter, and the National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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November 21st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Santorum: Obama's immigration action lacks compassion for U.S. workers

(CNN) – Former senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joining Republicans in criticizing President Obama's executive action on immigration, saying it disadvantages American workers.

"You want to talk about compassion, how you about compassion for the American worker," Santorum said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "How about somebody who is trying to make ends meet working two and three jobs who now has 5 million more people competing for that job."

For more of our interview with former senator Rick Santorum, check out the video above.

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national lead

November 20th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

FSU shooting witness: I thought I was going to die

(CNN) – Gunshots rattled a packed Florida State University library early Thursday, with three people getting hurt as hundreds of students huddled between bookshelves before police encountered and killed the gunman outside.

Blair Stokes, a senior at Florida State University, was huddled on the fourth floor of the library, when the shooting happened. She scanned the stacks, looking for the biggest book, hoping it would protect her if the shooter made it the fourth floor. She evaluated her laptop, wondering if it could possibly shield her.

"And then there was a point where I was like, if these things can't protect me, then I might as well make sure people know what happened," Stokes said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

That's when she started sending chilling messages out on Twitter as the event unfolded:
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November 20th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

How ‘nitty gritty’ is Chris Christie willing to be as leader of the country?

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, is a politician who – unlike President Obama – likes to press the flesh, he likes to campaign.

"He loves being Chris Christie, political celebrity, which is what he's been for the last few years," said reporter Mark Leibovich, who profiled Christie for this week's New York Times Magazine.

"If he runs for president, he'll be out there again sort of in the middle of this orbit," said Leibovich.

"The question he's asking himself, and I think a lot of people are asking themselves, is how serious is he as a governor?" he said. "How nitty gritty is he willing to be as leader of this country?"

For more of our interview with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, check out the video above.

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national lead

November 19th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Ferguson activist: Justice is indictment for Officer Wilson

(CNN) – The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said.

For some activists, only one decision would amount to justice.

"Justice is indictment of Darren Wilson," said Rasheen Aldridge, director or Young Activists United St. Louis. At 20 years old, he is also the youngest member of the Ferguson Commission.
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