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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

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

national lead

April 21st, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Brothers move on after Boston bombing: J.P. & Paul Norden each lost a leg in the attacks

Last year, J.P. and Paul Norden went to the Boston Marathon to cheer on a friend. A few blocks from where they were standing, an explosion ripped through the crowds.

"We were confused," J.P. said. "Some people were scared, some people started crying immediately."

"One of our friends was like that was a bomb, the other was like we need to get in the street," said Paul.

Unfortunately for J.P. and Paul, they were standing at the site of the second bomb
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politics lead

April 17th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

The Obama-Biden bromance

(CNN) -The White House is framing it as POTUS Bromance, a BROTUS.

"Joe and I decided it was time for a guy's trip," President Barack Obama said on Wednesday as he and Vice President Joe Biden began an event in Pennsylvania.

The two pals hit the road Wednesday, snapping a ‘selfie’ in the back of the presidential limo, posting it to the White House Twitter account with the caption, “Pals.”
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buried lead

February 19th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Did Fukushima disaster make U.S. sailors and Marines sick?

(CNN) – Dozens of American sailors and Marines who served in the Navy's mission are now reporting a series of serious health issues following their deployment to Japan to aid victims of the tsunami.

Now, they're suing Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, saying the company was anything but forthcoming with the threat the citizens of Japan – and the American service members trying to help them – truly faced.
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national lead

January 22nd, 2014
06:07 PM ET

March for Life 2.0? A new approach to the annual anti-abortion rally

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of protesters marched through the snow and ice Wednesday, hoping to change minds on abortion - an issue that has divided the country for decades.

Since the case was decided in 1973, anti-abortion activists have come to Washington, D.C., every January to protest on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

"Our theme this year is adoption, and that adoption is a noble decision for a birth mother," said Jeanne Monahan, the newly installed president of March for Life.
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pop lead

January 10th, 2014
07:12 PM ET

'Lone Survivor' star Mark Wahlberg: People NEED to know about this

(CNN) - The new film "Lone Survivor" opens Friday in theaters, and is expected to take the weekend box office.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, and details real life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's incredible fight for survival, and the deadly battle that claimed the lives of 19 troops.

CNN's Jake Tapper recently sat down with Luttrell and Wahlberg in New York to talk about the film, and at one point it got a little tense.

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