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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?

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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national lead

October 14th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Dangers of Ebola myths and misconceptions

(CNN) – Ebola is not airborne, but misinformation about it sure is.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, the state that houses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Marietta Daily Journal that the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health told him: "... water kills the Ebola virus ... her advice was 'wash your hands.'"

That's not right. Chlorine kills Ebola. Bleach. Not water alone. Not ever.

Then there was R&B singer Chris Brown who sent a tweet to his 13.7 million followers on Monday: "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Sh*t is getting crazy bruh."

Actually, Chris, the only crazy thing going on is people pushing nonsensical conspiracy theories like that one, bruh.

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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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