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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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July 18th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

MH17 victim's brother-in-law: I blame Putin

(CNN) – As a helicopter pilot, he survived thousands of hours of flying a year. His family didn't expect a flight aboard a commercial airplane would take his life.

Cameron Dalziel died, along with 297 others, when a surface-to-air missile, possibly fired by pro-Russian militants, took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday as the plane traveled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

"He was a lifeguard on the beach, a rescue chopper pilot. He really was larger than life," said brother-in-law Shane Hattingh.
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July 18th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Roundtable: Where do the rebels end, and Russia begin?

(CNN) - What was once a civil war, now spills over into an international crisis with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the loss of 298 lives.

The Ukrainian government has released what it says are intercepted calls from the moments before and after the flight was allegedly shot down.
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July 18th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Ukrainian ambassador: Pro-Russian rebel's theories on plane crash 'total nonsense'

(CNN) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a pro-Russian controlled area of eastern Ukraine. Both the U.S. and Ukraine accuse Russia of supping rebels with the state-of-the-art weaponry, but President Barack Obama stopped short  of putting the blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It's very important for us to make sure that we don't get out ahead of the facts, and at this point, in terms of identifying specifically what individual or group of individuals or, you know, personnel ordered the strike," Obama said Friday.

Rebel websites suggested that the bodies discovered at the crash site were "long-dead," speculating the plane could have been MH370, which went missing earlier this year, hidden and then re-used to stage a "provocation."

"It's total nonsense," Ukrainian Ambassador to U.S. Olexander Motsyk said of the wild theory.
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July 18th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Rep. King: Putin has blood on his hands

(CNN) – If the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 really was the work of pro-Russian rebels, armed by the Russians, does President Vladimir Putin have blood on his hands?

"Putin is responsible. If you want to use the expression blood on his hands, I would say yes," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

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July 18th, 2014
11:02 AM ET

McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

CNN and National Journal joined forces Thursday to explore the 2014 midterm elections at the first "Politics on Tap" event in Washington D.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joined CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar and Peter Hamby, as well as National Journal’s Ron Fournier, and Michelle Cottle for the private gathering. Check out some of the best highlights from the event on our Storify page.

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq.

The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008.
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