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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 on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

politics lead

December 11th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Liberal and conservative backlash throws spending bill in doubt

Washington (CNN) - With just hours left to pass a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown, a $1.1 trillion compromise deal in the House appears to be in trouble.

Usually the fight is between House Republicans and Senate Democrats. But this battle is different.

In fact, things got so weird Thursday, a Senate Democrat made a passionate appeal to tea party Republicans to reject the bill.

A compromise bill will never make members of both parties happy, but what is it about this one that is causing so much backlash?

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

December 9th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

An 'Uber' bad week for the ride-sharing app

Uber is one of Silicon Valley's fastest growing start ups. But as the company's reach spreads abroad, so do efforts to put the brakes on the ride-sharing service.

A judge ordered a ban on all Uber operations in Spain, joining New Delhi and Thailand on a list of places to outlaw the app overseas. New Delhi put its ban in place yesterday, after a woman accused an uber driver of rape.

And while the company was recently valued at $40 billion, there are questions over whether Uber can live up to the hype if it continues to run into regulation issues not just internationally, but here in the U.S.

national lead

December 8th, 2014
06:48 PM ET

NBA legend Isiah Thomas shares his own story of alleged racial profiling

(CNN) – With multimillion dollar endorsement deals on the line, and fans representing just about every political spectrum, it is no wonder sports stars are often hesitant to wade into anything deemed even remotely controversial.

But that hasn't been the case with the recent protests in support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Tonight lebron james, arguably the biggest sports star on the planet, could join a number of other athletes like Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, And Cleveland Browns' cornerback Johnson Bademosi, who were spotted wearing T-shirts with the words "I can't breathe."

national lead

December 4th, 2014
06:50 PM ET

What more could police have done to help Garner after he lost consciousness?

(CNN) – The grand jury's decision not to indict a New York City police officer for the death of an unarmed black man may have come down to a key piece of evidence – a cell phone video that showed what happened during Eric Garner's fatal encounter with police.

While much of the focus outside the grand jury room has been on the moment when an officer takes Garner down in a chokehold, the grand jury had to take something else into account – the actions of the other officers after Garner was already down.

national lead

December 3rd, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Fmr. NYPD officer defends decision in Eric Garner case

(CNN) – A New York grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict a police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choke hold death of Eric Garner.

The July incident was caught on videotape and spread via social media, causing widespread outrage.

While police chokeholds are not illegal, they were banned by the New York City Police Department back in 1993.

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