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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 trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

national lead

July 16th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Did Cabinet secretary illegally fundraise?

(CNN) – When you fundraise for a candidate, it's your right.

When the labor secretary does it, it's quite possibly illegal.
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national lead

July 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

CIA gets cute on Twitter

Washington (CNN) – The Central Intelligence Agency has been on Twitter for all of a month now. And it seems whoever is doing the official tweeting is a bit of a cut-up, out to show that the CIA is, hands down, the funniest American agency to ever overthrow a foreign government.

Take a look at some of the CIA's tweets for its one-month "twitterversy."

Regarding one of the greatest mysteries of our time, the CIA says: "No, we don't know where Tupac is."

Yes, but what do your files say about Biggie? And were you, in some way, behind the East-Coast-West-Coast rap wars of the 1990's?
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buried lead

June 6th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

The VA's war on whistleblowers?

(CNN) – How did the Department of Veterans Affairs manage to keep a lid on its scandal involving outrageous wait times at its hospitals, until CNN blew that lid off in April?

Through a campaign by management of intimidation and fear, according to VA employees from all across the country, who have spoken to CNN.
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world lead

June 3rd, 2014
03:34 PM ET

Bergdahl's team leader: Intercepted radio chatter said he sought talks with the Taliban

(CNN) - Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow was the team leader with Bowe Bergdahl the night Bergdahl disappeared.

"Bergdahl is a deserter, and he's not a hero," says Buetow. "He needs to answer for what he did."

Within days of his disappearance, says Buetow, teams monitoring radio chatter and cell phone communications intercepted an alarming message: The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He's looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.

"I heard it straight from the interpreter's lips as he heard it over the radio," said Buetow. "There's a lot more to this story than a soldier walking away."
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world lead

May 30th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Expert: The next attack on U.S. could come from Syrian jihadist group

(CNN) – Americans still tend to think of terrorism as a scourge that comes from overseas. Which is why it's so jarring to learn that the man suspected of carrying out this suicide bombing in Syria was an American.

The State department Friday confirming that the bomber was a U.S. citizen. Two U.S. officials tell CNN he grew up in Florida, and went to school there.
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