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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

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

national lead

April 10th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

The fight to 'Lean In': Sheryl Sandberg's road to success

(CNN) – "Lean In" is a phrase that seems innocent enough, but it has quickly turned into a rallying cry for some, and an example of what's wrong with gender equality movements for others.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the author of that phrase, is a woman who says her only message was to encourage women to fight for their fair share. Judging by her résumé, she's certainly leading by example.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

April 9th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Chasing false leads in search for Flight 370

(CNN) – Emotions have been swinging like a pendulum for those involved with the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Just when it seems like they're close to finding out what happened to their loved ones, hopes are dashed by changing satellite data, or the cruel reality that what looked like plane debris was little more than ocean trash.

After more than a month of frustration and heartache, are the recent "pings" finally the breakthrough we've been waiting for?

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

April 8th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

History of the 'black box'

(CNN) – It's a desperate time for search crews now racing to rediscover signals that may be coming from the data recorders of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Those so-called black boxes are something heard about after every plane crash; the flight data and cockpit voice recorders hold the answers to some of the biggest mysteries of modern times.

Quite often, they are the only survivors among the wreckage.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

March 20th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

The autopilot theory: Could Flight 370 have flown itself until fuel ran out?

(CNN) – Why would missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turn off course, and then, at least according to satellite pings, continue on for hours?

One theory gaining credence among experts is that there could have been a fire that disabled the pilots and knocked out electrical systems, but also allowed the plane to continue flying on autopilot, without anyone manning the controls until it just ran out of fuel.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

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buried lead

March 18th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Meet American hero Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris

(CNN) – It was a long overdue honor for some of the bravest men to ever wear an American military uniform. Their great courage was overlooked for decades, and in some cases for more than half a century.

If not for the hue of their skin or their ethnicity, 24 soldiers who faced death in service to their nation would have received the most prestigious medals for their valor long ago.

The President honored those who served with exceptional valor, even if most were not there to hear it.

The review that led to Tuesday’s ceremony also led to adjustments that did not have to do with the prejudices of days past, but rather improved upon existing honors.

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran, is one of only three honorees still living. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest honor in 1970. Four decades later, the Pentagon upgraded that award to the nation's highest – the Medal of Honor.
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