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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Lawmaker: If Wilson is not charged in Ferguson, a ‘simmering anger’ will surely materialize

(CNN) – Will Ferguson erupt in protest if the grand jury does not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown?

Once a decision is reached, law enforcement will be given 48 hours notice before a public announcement is made. Officials in Missouri are hoping for calm, but bracing for violence if Wilson is not indicted.

Three people were arrested Thursday night after clashing with police.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri has been very vocal about the killing of Brown and in a recent op-ed wrote if Wilson is not charged "a simmering anger among African-Americans will surely materialize."

But does he see any possibility that Wilson feared for his life? Check out our interview with Rep. Cleaver in the video above.

national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Police rep: Wilson indictment 'unlikely'

(CNN) – Despite the many efforts to keep the peace in Ferguson, once the grand jury decision is revealed, one state official says he's afraid those efforts won't be enough.

"I don't believe, based on what I know, that Officer Wilson will be indicted," said Democratic Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda, also the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Santorum: Obama's immigration action lacks compassion for U.S. workers

(CNN) – Former senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joining Republicans in criticizing President Obama's executive action on immigration, saying it disadvantages American workers.

"You want to talk about compassion, how you about compassion for the American worker," Santorum said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "How about somebody who is trying to make ends meet working two and three jobs who now has 5 million more people competing for that job."

For more of our interview with former senator Rick Santorum, check out the video above.

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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
03:38 PM ET

Obama, pushing immigration action today, said to have hurt effort in the past

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – It was the summer of 2007 and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., unloaded on his junior colleague, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

"You can't come in here and undo everything!" Kennedy told Obama, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC.

Kennedy was angry, Graham would later recall, because Obama had signed on to be part of a bipartisan coalition of senators pushing a comprehensive immigration package, and yet he kept straying from the group's agreements.

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pop lead

November 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Remembering legendary director Mike Nichols

(CNN) – Mike Nichols, legendary filmmaker, masterful storyteller, and one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday.

Nichols, 83, was a masterful storyteller whose most famous final scene, was from only the second film he'd ever directed – "The Graduate."

His characters illustrated, and acted out our lives, loves, failings, from the dissolution of a marriage in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," to our willingness to betray ourselves to please those we love in "Birdcage".

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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