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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.

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November 26th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Ferguson businesses destroyed after fires and looting

(CNN) – Ferguson store owners were promised they would be protected, assured their businesses would be safe.

"Together, we are all focused on making sure the necessary resources are at hand to protect lives, protect property, and protect free speech," Gov. Jay Nixon said ahead of the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday.

But that same night, those promises fell apart.
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November 26th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Brown family attorney: Officer Wilson is lying

(CNN) – Reacting to Officer Darren Wilson's first televised interview, attorney for Michael Brown's family said he has "no doubt" that Wilson is lying.
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November 26th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Lawyers: No plans for Officer Wilson to talk to Michael Brown’s family

(CNN) – In his first televised interview, Officer Darren Wilson said he had no choice but to shoot and kill unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

When asked whether he is haunted by the incident, Wilson said his conscience is clear.

"How can your conscious be clear after killing somebody, even if it was an accidental death?" Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden told CBS.

In an interview with CNN, McSpadden said to this day she has not heard from any Ferguson official – not from the mayor and not from the chief of police.

But what about Wilson? Is there any plan to try to reach out personally in any way to the Brown family?

"At this point it would be inappropriate given the situation," said Danielle Thompson, an attorney for Wilson.
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November 26th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

What passes for good news in Ferguson

(CNN) – The streets of Ferguson burst at the seams with protesters once again. Most were peaceful, yet there was also violence and unrest, as police cars were turned over, and torched in front of city hall.

Yet, Tuesday night was considered an improvement for officials.
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November 25th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Fmr. prosecutor 'embarrassed' by handling of Ferguson grand jury

(CNN) – Former Federal Prosecutor Paul Butler slammed the handling of the Ferguson grand jury, which decided Monday not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"This grand jury was not going to indict the police officer for killing this young black child. Why? Because the prosecutor did not want them to," Butler said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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