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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

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend – what will be the department's reaction?

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend - what will be the department's reaction?

pop lead

December 18th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Celebrities slam Sony for pulling 'The Interview'

(CNN) – In an unexpected twist, Sony's decision has actually managed to get some hardcore Hollywood liberals and prominent republicans on the same page. So maybe the terrorists haven't won after all?

From Mitt Romney to Michael Moore, there has been widespread backlash against Sony for pulling "The Interview" over terrorism threats. Celebrity critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from an act of cowardice, to a threat to freedom.

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world lead

December 18th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Panel: Were North Korean "cyber soldiers" behind Sony hack?

(CNN) - The Sony hack has pulled the curtain back on a dangerous and mysterious branch of the North Korean military: cyber soldiers.

North Korean defectors say they are rigorously trained in the art of destruction and their battlefield can be pretty much anywhere in the world because they wage war from behind a computer screen.

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world lead

December 17th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Family members of Americans shot down by Cuba in '96 react to freeing of 'Cuban Five'

(CNN) – The Cuban-U.S. spy swap comes with significant and some would even say detestable strings attached.

Members of the so-called 'Cuban Five' were not just secret agents for the Cuban government. One of them was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, linked to the 1996 plot to shoot down two planes carrying Cuban-American activists who worked for the group "Brothers to the Rescue."

Mario de la Pena and Armando Alejandre were two men killed in that attack. Mario's mother, Miriam de la Pena, and Armando's daughter, Marlene Alejandre Triana, joined "The Lead" to react to the U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap.

"This is a slap in our faces. It is very sad that an innocent man like Alan Gross is going to be exchanged for a criminal, somebody that wanted to do so much harm to the United States of America like Gerardo Hernandez, because he is not only tied to the shoot down and the murder of my son, Marlene's dad and two other Americans. He's tied to espionage, and wanting to do harm to the United States of America," Miriam de la Pena told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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world lead

December 17th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Pakistan attack victims buried in school uniforms

(CNN) – An incredible sense of heartache has gripped an entire nation in the aftermath of a savage attack on a Pakistani school. But Pakistan's prime minister vowed today that the deaths of 145 people, most of them children, would not be in vain.

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national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Friend of mass murderer stunned by rampage

(CNN) – Bradley Stone, the Pennsylvania man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-law, was an Iraq war veteran who previously had minor run-ins with the law, including three DUI arrests.

Court documents also show he was in a heated custody battle with his ex-wife, over their two little girls, and according to a neighbor, Stone’s former spouse was in constant fear for her life.

Matthew Schafte, a long time friend of Stone, speaks with Jake Tapper and shines more light on the alleged gunman’s life leading up to the attacks.

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