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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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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

world lead

July 22nd, 2014
06:06 PM ET

International outrage, but little action over MH17

(CNN) – From Australia, to London, to Ukraine, where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies scattered, international outrage is mounting.

"What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.

UK leader David Cameron spoke of "sickening reports of looting of victims' possessions, and interference with evidence."

"This is barbarian style," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said of the handling of the remains.

There is growing fury at the thought of a commercial airliner being shot down in plain sight, and at the pro-Russian separatists now lording over the crime scene.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama said Monday.

So far, however, aside from voicing anger, no country has taken significant action to wrest control from the rebels.
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July 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Flight 17 grief hits the Netherlands hard

(CNN) – At Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, the grim reality of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's fate is setting in.

Most of the victims of the downed airline were from the Netherlands.

It is a nation with fewer residents than the state of Florida. And every loss – every child, mother and friend now gone - reverberates with the Dutch in waves of unspeakable grief.
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sports lead

July 15th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

Tony Gwynn's death renews call for MLB to ban chewing tobacco

(CNN) – At Tuesday's All-Star game in Minnesota, it will be hard not to think of Padre great Tony Gwynn.

He was an all star 15 times, a man who lived to play and teach and talk baseball, and a man who died way too early because of a habit associated with it - chewing tobacco, a known cause of cancer.
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national lead

July 8th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Jailed Marine reservist: I did fear for my life

(CNN) – Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, has been jailed in Mexico on weapons charges for more than three months.

Tomorrow will mark Tahmooressi's 100th day in prison, and his first opportunity to present his side of the story to a judge. He is currently in his second Mexican prison, after facing dangerous conditions in the first prison.

"I did fear for my life," Tahmooressi said in an interview, via phone, with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
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July 8th, 2014
05:11 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: 65% of U.S. food aid budget not spent on food

Editor's note: Voters and lawmakers often express frustration about the gridlock in this town. Some of it is ideological, sincere difference on issues, but often there are other reasons why things here just don't function. "Why Won't Washington Work" is our series, attempting to shine a light on the reasons, the root causes, behind some of the hurdles to solving problems.

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, and Kim Berryman

Washington (CNN) – International typhoons, hurricanes, and earthquakes leave behind devastating scenes of poverty and need.

If you had about a $1.5 billion every year to send food to such desperate areas, how would you do it?

That is the job of Dr. Rajiv Shah, of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. His goal is to have the flexibility to buy food as close to disaster sites as possible, and get it to those in need as if their lives depended upon it, which they do.
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