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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

world lead

September 17th, 2014
07:27 PM ET

What independence would look like for Scotland

(CNN) – For more than 300 years, Scotland has been joined at the hip to England.

But tomorrow, 4.3 million registered Scottish voters will have a choice: continue on in that historic union, or demand full independence, as a sovereign nation.

The latest polling shows voters are now just a few points shy of potentially bringing an end to the United Kingdom as we know it.

What would that even look like?

Chief executive of "Yes Scotland" Blair Jenkins joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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politics lead

September 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Sen. Gillibrand: If NFL commissioner Goodell lied, he has to be fired

(CNN) – A new report by ESPN, says that way back in June, Baltimore Ravens star Rice had already admitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he had punched his then-fiancée inside an Atlantic City elevator, knocking her out cold, as seen in a video obtained by TMZ.

Goodell waited until this week to suspend Rice, telling CBS News the delay was because before the second video inside the elevator surfaced, the violence was "ambiguous."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, is one of 16 female senators that just wrote a letter to the NFL demanding a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.

"Roger should lead the reform. And if he's lied, which is the most recent debate, about when he knew things, I think he has to be fired, he has to step down," Gillibrand said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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September 11th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Fmr. top Obama adviser questions President's no boots on the ground pledge

(CNN) – The battle against ISIS, and the new mission in the Middle East raises questions of whether this is a new war.

Painful numbers cast a long shadow over everything that's happening in the region right now, and they bear repeating: the U.S. endured nine years of brutal, costly warfare in Iraq, 4,486 U.S. troops died between 2003 and 2011, more than 30,000 were wounded, and all that human agony came with a price tag of more than $800 billion dollars.

Now, there are new questions about the origins of this latest threat, and just how long the fight against the terror group ISIS will last.

"It's going to take a while," said former national security adviser to Obama, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. James Jones (Ret.).
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September 10th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Sen. Klobuchar: Obama should seek congressional approval if mission is beyond airstrikes, training

(CNN) – President Obama will lay out his plan for taking on ISIS Wednesday night.

What will that plan look like? Could this spiral into a new war for America? And will Congress, and the American people, stand behind the President's strategy?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota tackles those questions, and more, in the video above.

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September 10th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Fact checking Sen. Cruz’s claim of potential ban on SNL sketches

(CNN) – Imagine an America where a presidential impersonation on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" would suddenly become illegal.

In what brave new Orwellian world would "SNL" comedians become brazen outlaws just for mocking the oval office?
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