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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

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

world lead

June 25th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Charlie Rangel on slim victory: My opponent was more popular than I thought

(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, who was first elected in 1971, claimed victory in what he says is his last race, looking like he'll survive a second straight narrow victory against the same opponent he faced two years ago when he barely kept his political career alive.

Rangel blamed the changing district for his slim margins of victory.

"About 20% of my district now goes to a different county," said Rangel. "My opponent was apparently more popular in that district than I thought he would be."
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politics lead

June 25th, 2014
04:58 PM ET

Clintons fire back on 'dead broke' controversy

(CNN) – She's facing a myriad of attacks from the right, but former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says she does not need her husband standing up for her.

"My husband was very sweet today, but I don't need anybody to defend my record, I think my record speaks for itself," Clinton told PBS Newshour.

She's referring to the former president's fierce defense of her assertion that the family was "dead broke" when they left the White House.
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national lead

June 25th, 2014
11:42 AM ET

Swim at your own risk: Shark attacks expected to rise this summer

(CNN) – There could be a surge in shark attacks this summer, and they could be connected to climate change, a new report from Discovery News warns.

The month of May was the hottest in recorded history, according to the NOAA. More people heading to the shores to beat the heat, means more toes on sharks' turf.

"Sharks have their own particular temperatures they're happy in, we do too," George Burgess, director for the Florida Program for Shark Research, tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

As waters warm up in our hemisphere, "sharks and humans both will be probably swimming farther north," he said.
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politics lead

June 24th, 2014
05:13 PM ET

The wealth question: Bill Clinton cleans up Hillary's clean up

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton is coming to the defense of his wife Hillary, and her suggestion that their family was "dead broke" when they left the White House.

"It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt," the former president said Tuesday, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in Denver.
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world lead

June 24th, 2014
04:36 PM ET

Rep. McCaul: ISIS is 'the number one threat' to U.S. homeland

(CNN) – More than 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq during the month of June alone, most of them civilians, a UN human rights team said Tuesday.

What is the solution to end the bloodshed, and has the Obama administration made any progress on bringing the Iraqis closer to it?

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, called the militant group ISIS the number one threat to the homeland, to Americans on American soil.
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