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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 national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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December 12th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Police sgt. on school shooting: Preliminary information points to 1 suspect

(CNN) – Police Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers are currently looking for one suspect who shot three victims at a Portland, Oregon, high school Friday.

"Our preliminary information is one suspect. There may have been others with him when they fled the scene," Simpson said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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December 12th, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Witness describes Oregon shooting scene

(CNN) – Portland, Oregon, resident Parker Bolden tells CNN's Jake Tapper what he saw after a shooting Friday at a nearby high school.

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December 11th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Ex-CIA director slams torture report, defends rectal rehydration as a 'medical procedure'

(CNN) – In a heated interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" former CIA Director Michael Hayden slammed the recently released torture report, and dismissed any notion he lied Congress.

"You've got to be kidding," Hayden said in response to Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein's charge that he misled Congress. "I'm the one who argued within the administration, frankly, with the strong support of the president in 2006 during the summer that ... we had to go full monty to the committees."
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December 10th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Fmr. CIA lawyer on torture report: Several employees were punished, 1 prosecuted

(CNN) – Former CIA general counsel John Rizzo, author of "Company Man", says the notion that people "got away scot-free" with what some people are calling war crimes is wrong.

"There were several CIA employees who went over the line, who were punished administratively, asked to resign, sanctioned one way or the other," Rizzo said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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December 8th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Friends of alleged UVA rape victim: She is overwhelmed

(CNN) - A now-discredited Rolling Stone story detailed a University of Virginia student named Jackie who was allegedly gang raped at a fraternity.

Friends of Jackie tell CNN the young woman is feeling very overwhelmed, and did not expect this reaction. They say they stand by Jackie, and while they acknowledge there appears to be inaccuracies in her story, they believe something bad happened to her.

CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

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