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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

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

world lead

August 20th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Will ISIS execution change Obama’s strategy in Iraq?

(CNN) – When President Obama spoke Wednesday about the murder of American journalist James Foley, he seemed to also respond to the threat ISIS issued to him over the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
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national lead

August 19th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Is Ferguson police response merited?

(CNN) – Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are cleaning up after Monday night's protests, when they were monitored by heavily armed police looking like they were dressed for combat, with matching vehicles.
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world lead

August 1st, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Israeli Ambassador to UN: Hamas keeps passing on opportunities to improve life for Gazans

Israeli military forces are searching for one of their own, 2nd Lieutenant Hadar Goldin. The IDF believes he was taken by Hamas after one of its militants blew himself up and killed two other Israeli soldiers.

Hamas says this story is an Israeli fiction, an excuse to engage militants just 90 minutes after a 72-hour cease-fire began.

CNN's Jake Tapper spoke to the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, who says Hamas is only making things worse for the Gazans caught in the crossfire.

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August 1st, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Former Palestinian Foreign Minister: Asking about Hamas embedded in populace is blaming victim

It was supposed to last 72 hours, but it was over in maybe 90 minutes.

A humanitarian cease-fire, brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations, between Israel and Hamas, was over quicker than the run-time of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Each side blames the other for the collapse of the standstill.

Former Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath spoke to Jake Tapper about what's next in the conflict.

world lead

July 31st, 2014
08:10 PM ET

White House walking fine line on Israel?

Stephen Hadley, National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, discusses the Obama administration's response to the conflict in Gaza.

**Hadley serves on the Board of Directors for Raytheon, the principal contractor of the Iron Dome, Israel's missile defense system.

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