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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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We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

national lead

August 21st, 2014
05:48 PM ET

What are police taught to do if they feel their lives are being threatened?

(CNN) – It is now clear that the account the police chief of St. Louis gave about the police shooting of a young African-American male on Tuesday – that he "pulled out a knife and came at the officers, gripping and holding it high" – is not true.

After CNN obtained cell phone video of the incident and notified the police about that fact, the police released the video to the public, which shows the young man was not holding the knife high at all.

There are other questions about that shooting of a man the neighborhood knew to be emotionally distressed, including why the two officers shot him nine times.

And the larger issue at play with this and the shooting of Michael Brown – just what are cops taught to do if they feel their lives are being threatened?

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

August 19th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

In the middle of the chaos in Ferguson

(CNN) – There is an enormous media presence in Ferguson, a city of 21,000 people.

Critics have charged that the media are putting themselves in the center of the story.

But police haven't exactly helped that by arresting several journalists.

CNN was right in the thick of it overnight when the tear gas started flying. And we, along with people in living rooms across the nation, watched images which seem so incompatible with life in the modern United States of America unfold in real time.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

August 18th, 2014
08:21 PM ET

Peaceful protests by day, mayhem at night in Ferguson

(CNN) – Since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed nine days ago there have been far too many scenes of looting in Ferguson.

Images shot Sunday night on closed-circuit TV at a local store show a crowd with no apparent compunction or remorse looting and stealing.

"When they couldn't break it, then (they) started shooting," Mumtaz Lalani, owner of Dellwood Market, who watched the feed from home.
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world lead

August 1st, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Children in Gaza sponsored by Christian charity killed

(CNN) – If you were a second grader in Gaza, you would already be living through your third war with Israel.

So many children have unfairly shouldered the brunt of this bloodshed.

It has been painful to see the pictures and read the stories of the young lives lost and entire families wiped out for those close to the victims, and for those who send their love and just a little more than a dollar a day from far away.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

July 29th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Adults warring, children paying price

(CNN) – In three weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, so many of the victim's faces we've seen are young ones.

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