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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

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

politics lead

August 26th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Sen. Sanders: Companies, like Burger King, leaving to avoid taxes ‘have absolutely no loyalty’ to United States

(CNN) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, has been an outspoken critic on tax loopholes, like tax inversion, a loophole that Burger King may benefit from if it merges with Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and moves its base to Canada.

The deal would mean a lower rate for the American fast food chain.

"Not only is this tax inversion an outrage, we are losing now about $100 billion in federal revenue every year," Sanders said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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world lead

August 25th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Fmr. NATO commander: The attack on ISIS needs to be led by Sunni Arab countries, not U.S.

(CNN) – The Obama administration has been criticized for pledging no boots on the ground in the attack against militant group ISIS (also known as ISIL). But a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander says it's the right move.

"The nations in the region have to do all the work on the ground," Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

August 25th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Attorney Chris Darden: Indictment of Officer Wilson is 'very likely'

(CNN) – The grand jury is still hearing testimony on the case of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.

And while several experts say it will be an uphill battle to convict Officer Wilson, criminal defense attorney Christopher Darden predicts an indictment.
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national lead

August 25th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Rep. Clay to Brown family: You do not stand alone

(CNN) – Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, whose district includes the town of Ferguson, Missouri, has a message for Michael Brown's family: You do not stand alone.
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national lead

August 22nd, 2014
06:24 PM ET

State Rep.: Obama coming to Ferguson wouldn’t help us get justice sooner

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has not visited Ferguson, Missouri, where violent clashes have erupted between protesters and police for nearly two weeks.

"The President coming here, it wouldn't necessarily do anything in terms of it helping us get to justice sooner," said Democratic State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis.
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