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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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national lead

August 20th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Church 'safe haven' organizers in town near Ferguson claim police harassment

(CNN) – There are no announced plans for President Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri.

But now, 11 days after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street, a member of the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder, is in Ferguson meeting with the FBI, community leaders, students, and law enforcement.

Holder met with highway patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is tasked with coordinating authorities, after police were accused of heavy-handed tactics.

"You are the man," Holder told Johnson, hugging him.

The attorney general is walking into the middle of an enormously tense situation. Just today, CNN was at a church next door to Ferguson in Dellwood, where the highway patrol confirmed St. Louis County police officers came to a school.
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national lead

August 18th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Officer's version of Ferguson shooting revealed

(CNN) – The curfew has been called off, but the national guard has been called in after some of the worst violence yet between police and protesters inflamed over the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white officer.
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national lead

August 15th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Chief: Officer didn't know Brown a suspect

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – We finally know the name of the officer who shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday. He is Darren Wilson, a white 28-year-old who's been on the force for six years. And that is not the only bombshell the Ferguson police force dropped today.

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national lead

August 14th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Michael Brown family attorney: 'this is not a black, white issue'

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – As Ferguson is bracing for a potential fifth night of violent protests over the police shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Missouri governor announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take control of security in the St. Louis suburb.

In a press conference, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Ferguson County Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department would no longer be in charge.

Anthony Gray, one of the attorneys for Michael Brown's family, is pleased with the decision.

"I think what the Governor is trying to do is find some solutions and think out of the box. I agree with him: a shift in approach and mentality is great," Gray told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I do think this would allow us the space we need to perhaps make a change on the street."
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pop lead

August 12th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

The struggles of Robin Williams

(CNN) – For many of us, Robin Williams came into our lives as the backward-aging Mork from Ork. Quite the big break for a man whose audience before this, were pedestrians. Show creator Garry Marshall said when he was casting Mork, his sister told him he just had to see this street performer. What has he done, Marshall asked.

"He's done nothing. He stands on a street corner and he does mime, and he passes his hat around, and they give him coins. That's what he's done so far. And you have to see him," Marshall said in an August 2000 interview.

From the very beginning, there was something unpredictable and even unsafe about what Williams brought to the small screen sitcom world. You never knew what was scripted, and what was his manic improvisation.
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