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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

national lead

November 26th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Ferguson businesses destroyed after fires and looting

(CNN) – Ferguson store owners were promised they would be protected, assured their businesses would be safe.

"Together, we are all focused on making sure the necessary resources are at hand to protect lives, protect property, and protect free speech," Gov. Jay Nixon said ahead of the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday.

But that same night, those promises fell apart.
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national lead

November 24th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Ferguson: A city on edge

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – Ferguson, Missouri, is a city on edge.

It seemed all too quiet here Monday, with boarded-up shop windows lining the streets, as if a hurricane is headed here.

A grand jury decision is about to be announced, determining the fate of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Sporadic protests have continued in Ferguson since August. Even last night, protesters bloodied an out-of-town reporter.

There are those worried about whether justice will be served, and those worried that their livelihoods will be destroyed

"We don't want to have to go through what we went through last time," store owner Jan Lalani told CNN. He and his dad own a convince store not far from the protest sites in August; their store was looted twice this summer.
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world lead

November 7th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Ukraine: Russia moved tanks across border

(CNN) – In Donetsk they are burying the dead after a fragile September ceasefire fatally frays.

Mourners Friday at a Russian orthodox church wept as they laid to rest two teenagers killed in a shelling attack near the airport in Donetsk Wednesday. The teens are two of more than 4,000 who have been killed in what  is looking like proxy war between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's government.
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politics lead

October 21st, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Florida politics in the spotlight

Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper and WJXT's Kent Justice will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Tuesday night in Jacksonville starting at 7 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Republican Rick Scott is the 45th occupant of the governor's mansion in tallahassee…and he's trying to keep his keys to the front door...

His opponent – the guy who had the house before him, the 44th governor, then-Republican Charlie Crist, is now running as a Democrat.

Lets just say the respect each man has for his opponent knows bounds. The two men often drop the title "governor" when talking about each other.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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buried lead

October 14th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper traces his roots to ...

(CNN) – Our very own Jake Tapper discovers his colonial roots! Though it’s not exactly what he’d hoped for.

The Philadelphia native travels to Canada, and is shocked to learn his ancestors ... were on the wrong side of the American Revolution.

Thirteen of CNN's anchors and hosts trace their family roots across the globe and back in time, beginning Sunday, October 12. Don't miss the two-hour ROOTS special, Tuesday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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