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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.

world lead

November 10th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Why did North Korea release U.S. hostages now?

(CNN) - Right now, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are getting adjusted to life back in the U.S., after – in Bae's case – years in North Korea, including at a labor camp. Both men returned to their families over the weekend.

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world lead

November 7th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

More U.S. troops going to more dangerous locations in Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is sending up to 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would almost double the total number of American troops there to 2,900.

Up until now, U.S. military advisers in Iraq have been confined to Baghdad and Erbil, two relatively safe locations in Iraq well-protected by Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurds.

To date, Anbar province and Taji district have been considered as two likely locations for operations centers outside of Baghdad and Erbil. CNN reported last week that the military was preparing plans to deploy U.S. advisers to Anbar, much of which is under the control of ISIS.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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politics lead

November 4th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Kansas race rocked by VP Biden's comments

(CNN) – Kansas Independent candidate Greg Orman refuses to say which party he would caucus with if elected to the Senate.

But Vice President Joe Biden seemed to suggest he knows the answer.

"I think ya know we have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas," Biden said in a radio interview earlier today.

Did the vice president just blow up Orman's spot?

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Hagel tells White House his concerns on ISIS strategy

(CNN) – The U.S. is now almost three months into the war to degrade and destroy ISIS.

The Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs Chairman gave an update Thursday on the bombing campaign and on efforts to take back ISIS gains on the ground. So far, that task has been left to forces in the region that are friendly to the U.S. Some have endured a slaughter, at the hands of these terrorists.

Secretary Hagel also apparently sent a memo to President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice, blasting parts of his Syria policy.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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world lead

October 27th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Video shows ISIS fighters wielding anti-aircraft missiles

(CNN) – Terrorists becoming capable of shooting down aircraft has long been a security nightmare.

Now, new images posted by ISIS may show it is already a reality. The video shows an ISIS militant firing at an Iraqi helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile, identified by experts at Jane's Defense as a Chinese-made FN-6.

The next frame shows what ISIS claims was the result – the twisted wreckage of the downed chopper.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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