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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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NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

buried lead

September 8th, 2014
06:46 PM ET

Why hasn't Obama kept promise to declassify 28 pages of a report about 9/11?

(CNN) – A grim milestone this week, as the nation commemorates the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Some of those still grieving the losses of family members from that horrific day are also on a mission to declassify 28 pages from the congressional investigation into the attacks, pages specifically focused on the role of foreign governments in the al Qaeda plot.

These 9/11 family members say President Obama personally promised he would declassify those 28 pages, but now they say the White House does not even acknowledge them, or their requests.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

Editors note: After the airing of our report, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued this response:

"Earlier this summer the White House requested that ODNI review the 28 pages from the joint inquiry for declassification. ODNI is currently coordinating the required interagency review and it is ongoing."

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world lead

August 29th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Obama's foreign policy criticized in wake of 'no strategy' remark

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, and Eric Marrapodi

(CNN) – ISIS is a terror group with big ambitions. The group, also known as ISIL, has taken cities in Iraq and Syria, and even killed an American citizen.

In response, the United Kingdom elevated its terror threat from "substantial" to "severe."

"Today I want to set out the scale and nature of the threat we face, and the comprehensive approach that we are taking to combat it," Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday. "This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore. The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the U.K."

Cameron's announcement seemed a stark contrast to the message conveyed by President Obama Thursday.

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pop lead

August 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Robin Williams: A 'true friend' of the troops

(CNN) – Amid the chaos of war, Robin Williams was a constant, a familiar face to help cheer the war weary. Whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, where the troops went, so did Williams.

Williams did six United Service Organizations tours traveling to 13 countries entertaining the troops. The USO said he performed for nearly 90,000 service members.

"It's good to be in a room with fake beer. Having just got out of rehab that's a good choice. Cause I was violating my standards quicker than I could lower them," Williams joked during one such tour.

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money lead

July 14th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Does Cleveland, in fact, rock?

(CNN) – Turns out "The Drew Carey Show" was right all along, "Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks!"

For those keeping score at home, the city named after Gen. Moses Cleveland is winning big, and that could mean big bucks.

After a stint in slightly-more-glamorous Miami, Florida, basketball's best LeBron James is coming back to the Cleveland Cavilers, because, he says, he missed his hardscrabble hometown.

"This could be the first chance we get a championship in over 50 years," one fan told local CNN affiliate WEWS.

But along with that championship ring, could Cleveland also get a shiny new economy?

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buried lead

July 1st, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Blackwater manager allegedly threatened to kill State Department investigator

(CNN) – As President Obama sends troops to Iraq, one of the uglier chapters from previous U.S. involvement is playing out in a courthouse in Washington, D.C.

After years of delay and legal issues, the U.S. government is trying four guards with the company once known as Blackwater, for a deadly shoot out in the streets of Baghdad back in September 2007.

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