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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

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

world lead

August 29th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Fmr. Clinton administration official: Obama's attempting risk-free initiatives, none exist

(CNN) – Foreign Policy recently published a scathing critique of the Obama administration's handling of the ISIS threat.

"There are no risk-free initiatives. Indeed, if this recent period of flying without a flight plan reveals anything, it is that the search for risk-free options may be among the most dangerous paths to choose of all," the magazine's CEO and editor David Rothkopf wrote.
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national lead

August 27th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Why isn’t there an official database on police killings?

(CNN) – The circumstances surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer, sparked a national conversation about issues of police brutality and excessive force.
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money lead

August 26th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Burger King tries to have it their way on taxes

(CNN)Burger King's decision to merge with doughnut chain Tim Hortons and move its base to Canada has everyone from customers to congressmen more fired up than a flame-broiled patty.

That's because the deal would let the fast food giant pay taxes at a lower rate. But the chain insists that's not feeding the move.
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national lead

August 20th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

How will witness accounts impact grand jury?

(CNN) – Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, have been demanding the immediate arrest of the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

But the reality is, it could be months before any decision is made on whether to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson.
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national lead

August 12th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Michael Brown's family's lawyer responds to Obama's comments on shooting

(CNN) – The shooting death of an unarmed teenager has sowed seeds of anger and mistrust in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. As if to further illustrate just how tense things have gotten in that small community, police revealed Tuesday they will no longer reveal the name of the officer involved in that shooting, citing fears of retaliation.
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