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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

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

world lead

August 29th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Fmr. Clinton administration official: Obama's attempting risk-free initiatives, none exist

(CNN) – Foreign Policy recently published a scathing critique of the Obama administration's handling of the ISIS threat.

"There are no risk-free initiatives. Indeed, if this recent period of flying without a flight plan reveals anything, it is that the search for risk-free options may be among the most dangerous paths to choose of all," the magazine's CEO and editor David Rothkopf wrote.
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national lead

August 29th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

What threat does ISIS pose to the homefront?

(CNN) – Yellow, orange, red – the United States has long retired the "rainbow of fear" terror threat alert system that was born out of 9/11.

But the United Kingdom Friday bumped up its threat alert level from "substantial" to "severe," a rating that means that a domestic terror attack is, quote "highly likely."

What has British Prime Minister David Cameron so concerned?

CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank and former Department of Homeland Security and CIA official Chad Sweet join CNN to discuss.

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world lead

August 29th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

NIH official: Ebola in U.S. possible, but outbreak 'extremely unlikely'

(CNN) – A few cases of Ebola may yet strike developed nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, or other European countries. But the likelihood of an outbreak like the one ravaging West Africa at the moment is fairly low, says a director at the National Institutes of Health.

There may be "a case or two outside of Africa, but it is extremely unlikely that it will explode into the outbreak we're seeing now," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases at the NIH.
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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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national lead

August 27th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Why isn’t there an official database on police killings?

(CNN) – The circumstances surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer, sparked a national conversation about issues of police brutality and excessive force.
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