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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.

national lead

November 26th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

What passes for good news in Ferguson

(CNN) – The streets of Ferguson burst at the seams with protesters once again. Most were peaceful, yet there was also violence and unrest, as police cars were turned over, and torched in front of city hall.

Yet, Tuesday night was considered an improvement for officials.
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national lead

November 25th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Ferguson: How did we get here?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman

(CNN) – The day after in Ferguson. Stores and livelihoods, and people's dreams were destroyed - looted, trashed and torched.

How did we get here?
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pop lead

November 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Remembering legendary director Mike Nichols

(CNN) – Mike Nichols, legendary filmmaker, masterful storyteller, and one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday.

Nichols, 83, was a masterful storyteller whose most famous final scene, was from only the second film he'd ever directed – "The Graduate."

His characters illustrated, and acted out our lives, loves, failings, from the dissolution of a marriage in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," to our willingness to betray ourselves to please those we love in "Birdcage".

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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money lead

November 18th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Is the "achocolypse" looming?

A race to save one of the world's most precious gifts: chocolate. For a lot of you, the sweet treat is as good as gold. But once the good stuff runs out, the backup option could leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Literally. It's all about supply and demand. And right now, demand is winning out. The deficit on this delicacy is something we're calling: the achocolypse. Jake Tapper reports.

pop lead

November 13th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' to become Vegas musical

(CNN) – The Robertson clan made famous by A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" is looking to expand their multi-million dollar empire to the stage.

According to The New York Times, the producers behind "Jersey Boys" are set to make the Louisiana Bayous a musical this February.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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