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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

Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

national lead

October 23rd, 2014
06:53 PM ET

Ferguson grand jury leaks put town back on edge

(CNN) – Frustration over leaks about the official autopsy results and alleged testimony from unnamed witnesses in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, is raising new ire in Ferguson.

Ire expressed at the highest levels at the U.S. Justice Department where Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks "inappropriate and troubling," since they come while the grand jury is still convening and before the federal investigation has concluded.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

October 22nd, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Canada's past battles with terror

(CNN) – The FBI is on alert after shots were fired in and near Canada's Parliament building Wednesday.

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is dead, along with one gunman, and police in Canada are not ruling out more suspects.

This is the second time this week that the Canadian military became a target. On Monday, suspected ISIS supporter Martin Rouleau ran a car into two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one.
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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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