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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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

politics lead

October 15th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

2016: The spouse veto

(CNN) – For better or for worse, spouses are a key part of campaigns.

A significant other can have significant sway – especially if the answer is no. Even before the midterms are over, that spouse veto is in play for 2016.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

October 14th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Expert questions CDC guidelines on Ebola

(CNN) – Head-to-toe, tape-to-tie, protective suits have become the symbol of Ebola danger and prevention worldwide.

Investigators are currently looking whether the infected Texas nurse followed all the protocols.

"What we're doing at this point is looking at every aspect of prevention, of infection in the Dallas hospital," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

For those on the front lines of this crisis, learning how to properly dress and disrobe for new patients is crucial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current guidelines come with a disclaimer, noting that they will "vary based on the level of precautions required."

The problem is, according to one expert, the guidelines on CDC's website do not adequately describe coverage for health care workers – troubling at a time when hospitals are desperate for guidance.
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politics lead

October 10th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Will politicians get bad grades for absenteeism?

(CNN) – Money is the lifeblood of politics, but information isn't far behind.

So what happens when a fundraiser happens at the same time as a committee hearing? You do the math.

On the campaign trail this year, many challengers are hauling out the attendance records posted by incumbents, and asking: Why were you absent?

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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sports lead

October 10th, 2014
12:31 PM ET

From combat field to college football - the story of Daniel Rodriguez

By chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman

(CNN) – Clemson Tiger wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez, 24, will go up against the Louisville Cardinals this Saturday.

The college football player is also an Army veteran, whose journey from the combat field to the football field wasn't so easy.
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national lead

September 30th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Troubling series of failures by Secret Service

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House "unacceptable" and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes "full responsibility."

Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-wielding Iraq war veteran, entered an unlocked door to the executive mansion, Pierson told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which grilled her on the September 19 security breach.

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