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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

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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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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July 28th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Lifeline to deathline: Gaza's tunnels

Israel's military texted reporters Monday, saying Hamas militants tried and failed to ambush Israeli soldiers.

Those militants emerged from below, spring the attack from one of the many tunnels that run under Gaza and into Israel.

Using tunnels has been the tactic of choice for under-funded, out-manned, and out-gunned enemies for thousands of years. One historian says Gazans used tunnels back in the days of the siege of Alexander the Great.

Hamas hopes these underground channels, once used for smuggling goods from Egypt into Gaza, can now be used to export death from Gaza into Israel.

CNN's Jake Tapper examines why destroying this spindly subterranean infrastructure is now priority number one for the IDF.

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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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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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