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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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We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

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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politics lead

June 26th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

The case of the missing government e-mails

(CNN) – If every federal worker in the executive branch alone sends and receives as many e-mails as an average business user, that would be more than 326,000,000 per day, or 3,777 every second.

That's a lot to keep track of, and now not only the IRS, but also the EPA is saying, specifically EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, "... we may have some e-mails that we cannot produce that we should have kept."
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national lead

June 5th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

D-Day vet recalls 'Private Ryan' bridge battle

(CNN) – Three days a week, 93-year-old Thomas Blakey sits at a table at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and takes tourists back in time.

He was part of the allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy, a member of the airborne division parachuting behind enemy German lines on D-Day.

Seventy years on from the day, that airplane ride is still fresh in his mind.
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