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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

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

national lead

September 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Vets of Iraq, Afghanistan being short-changed on the Medal of Honor?

(CNN) – The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, signifying extraordinary acts of valor.

But increasingly, those who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking: Why are so few of today's troops considered worthy of the honor?

World Wars I and II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam brought hundreds of Medals of Honor – WWI 130 medals, WWII 472, Korea 146, and Vietnam now 258 has after Monday's presentations to Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins and Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

For the Iraq War, there have been just four medals presented, all posthumously. America's longest war in Afghanistan has just 12.

Why?
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money lead

September 9th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

A history of the cell phone, and how the iPhone changed the tech industry

(CNN) – With expectations high, anything less than a mini marvel may have disappointed Apple fans who've been lining up for the company's mobile innovations since 2007.

The first iPhone changed the industry, and since then the device has gotten faster, thinner, cheaper and more versatile than ever before.

The regular phone upgrades like voice commands, mobile apps, and better cameras have made it easy to forget an age when customers were much easier to impress.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

September 3rd, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Does Obama have an ISIS messaging problem?

(CNN) – President Obama has not yet formulated and articulated a comprehensive strategy to take on ISIS, the jihadists running rampant in Iraq and Syria.

But he got another chance Wednesday in Estonia, when he responded to the video ISIS released showing the second beheading of an innocent American by these terrorists in as many weeks.
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politics lead

September 1st, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Election season kicks into high gear

Labor Day in Washington echoes like a starter pistol's blast, signaling that election season is kicking into high gear.

CNN’s Dana Bash reports on the upcoming midterm elections.

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money lead

August 29th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Google reveals secret drone delivery system

(CNN) - Google is the latest company to branch out into delivery by drone, the company revealed Thursday. The technology giant started running its first test flights earlier this month as part of Project Wing, a secretive, 2-year-old program exploring drone delivery.

CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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