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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 Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

Will Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

national lead

September 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Vets of Iraq, Afghanistan being short-changed on the Medal of Honor?

(CNN) – The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, signifying extraordinary acts of valor.

But increasingly, those who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking: Why are so few of today's troops considered worthy of the honor?

World Wars I and II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam brought hundreds of Medals of Honor – WWI 130 medals, WWII 472, Korea 146, and Vietnam now 258 has after Monday's presentation to Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins.

For the Iraq War, there have been just four medals presented, all posthumously. America's longest war in Afghanistan has just 12.

Why? 
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world lead

September 15th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Why the U.K. won't release the name of ISIS killer

(CNN) – The masked killer in the video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines appears to be the same man in the murder videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

In all three, he makes vile threats to the camera with a British accent.

Now, British officials tell CNN that Prime Minister David Cameron has been told this man's identity, but they are not releasing his name.
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September 15th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

Government agencies not securing your data, or your kids'

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – You might think that your government is vigilant when it comes to securing your personal information, or that of your children. You would be wrong.

Hackers have discovered one of the biggest potential security holes of the modern era, one that can leave data exposed to any hacker willing to find it. And in at least one instance, that vulnerability has resulted in a data breach impacting almost three dozen children and their families.

"We estimated over 100,000 identities could have been compromised at this point," said hacker Bryan Seely, a tech expert who told his story to CNN in an interview that will air on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on Monday.
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September 12th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Liberia needs urgent help to deal with Ebola outbreak, WHO says

(CNN) – The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday.

"In the three hardest hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in the Ebola-specific treatment centers," said Margaret Chan, the WHO director-general. "Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia."

Liberia has seen almost 400 new Ebola cases in the last week, nearly double the number from the previous week. The Liberian government needs urgent support to deal with the outbreak, says a WHO spokesman.

"We are seeing cases across the country, there are transmission chains in 14 out of 15 counties in Liberia. We do not enough of beds to treat all those who need to be treated. People out there who are infected are infecting other people," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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pop lead

September 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

The Wrap editor: SNL has a ‘diversity deluge’ going on

(CNN) – It was nearly 40 years ago when NBC's "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jane Curtin got something off her chest, so to speak, about getting a less-than-warm reception after she replaced Chevy Chase on the "Weekend Update" desk.

Now, history is in many ways repeating itself on the iconic fake news show.

Cecily Strong, who served as co-anchor on the show for a year, is out. Taking her place is a new cast member, Michael Che.

Che joins Colin Jost, becoming the first African-American behind that desk, and creating Weekend Update's first male anchor duo team.
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