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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

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politics lead

October 30th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

2016 attacks begin early

(CNN) – The high stakes midterm elections are just five days away, and the 2016 race for White House will begin just hours after next Tuesday's ballots are cast.

Or has it already started?

Just in the past few hours it seems some possible hopefuls can't contain themselves, unable to hold off any longer.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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politics lead

October 29th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

New reality TV show puts two rival senators on a remote island. What could possibly go wrong?

(CNN) – With fierce battles for territory, thundering political storms, and an uncertain fate for its inhabitants, the Senate is a real jungle this election season.

So in a voluntary bid for compromise, rival Senators Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, went to an actual jungle to see if negotiations were any easier there.

The duo's week of isolation was filmed by the Discovery Channel, for its new show "Rival Survival."

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

October 27th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: Should political courage be praised, or attacked, or both?

(CNN) – More than $1 million is being spent in North Carolina to run an ad attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the tightest races in the country. The ad calls her "a big believer in a controversial plan that raises the retirement age."

The attack ad – one of many – is referring to a deficit reduction plan put together by a bipartisan group of politicians, called Simpson-Bowles for its co-chairs: former Republican senator Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles.

The commission made many tough recommendations to better balance the budget. There was something in it for everyone to hate. But that was kind of the idea.

"This issue has not gone away, we have not dealt with the underlying problem of the deficits," said CNN political analyst David Gergen. "And people want solutions."

The commission was formed by President Obama, but he did not embrace its 2010 findings. And former Bush White House operative and Fox News contributor Karl Rove called him out on it.
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national lead

October 23rd, 2014
06:53 PM ET

Ferguson grand jury leaks put town back on edge

(CNN) – Frustration over leaks about the official autopsy results and alleged testimony from unnamed witnesses in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, is raising new ire in Ferguson.

Ire expressed at the highest levels at the U.S. Justice Department where Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks "inappropriate and troubling," since they come while the grand jury is still convening and before the federal investigation has concluded.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

October 22nd, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Canada's past battles with terror

(CNN) – The FBI is on alert after shots were fired in and near Canada's Parliament building Wednesday.

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is dead, along with one gunman, and police in Canada are not ruling out more suspects.

This is the second time this week that the Canadian military became a target. On Monday, suspected ISIS supporter Martin Rouleau ran a car into two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one.
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