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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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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.

money lead

August 26th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Burger King tries to have it their way on taxes

(CNN)Burger King's decision to merge with doughnut chain Tim Hortons and move its base to Canada has everyone from customers to congressmen more fired up than a flame-broiled patty.

That's because the deal would let the fast food giant pay taxes at a lower rate. But the chain insists that's not feeding the move.
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politics lead

June 11th, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Meet the Brat who felled the Majority Leader

(CNN) – Before the double-digit annihilation last night, many had assumed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would one day take over as House Speaker.

Cantor challenger, Dave Brat, 'shocked' as results rolled in

Now, he's been usurped by a guy who had just two paid staffers, ran his campaign on a flip phone, and was described by one student on RateMyProfessors.com as "total eye candy."

Who exactly is David Brat?

CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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world lead

April 11th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Who will get Flight 370's black boxes?

(CNN) – While much of the recent focus in the investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been on finding the so-called black boxes, there is another important aspect to consider: once the data recorders are found, who gets them?

CNN's Joe Johns reports from Kuala Lumpur.

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world lead

April 4th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Families of passengers, crew of Flight 370 frustrated with Malaysian government

(CNN) – It has been a grueling 29 days for those with loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and not just because so little progress has been made in the search for the plane.

There is also growing frustration with the Malaysian government for what many perceive as a lack of cooperation to keep families looped in on certain aspects of the investigation. Many are asking whether it has something to do with incompetence on the part of government officials, or if they have something to hide.

CNN's Joe Johns spoke with some family members in Kuala Lumpur.

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world lead

March 21st, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Malaysians slow to act on critical plane lead?

(CNN) – Two full weeks have ticked by, but time is still very much of the essence in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Which makes it all the more puzzling, that four days had to pass before Malaysian officials acted on rock-solid satellite data showing the plane was – in all likelihood – nowhere near the original search area.

Could the delay have been enough to make the difference between life and death for those 239 passengers on board?

CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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