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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.

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A look at one of the key Senate races: Sen. Mitch McConnell vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A look at one of the key Senate races: Sen. Mitch McConnell vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes.

world lead

August 29th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

NIH official: Ebola in U.S. possible, but outbreak 'extremely unlikely'

(CNN) – A few cases of Ebola may yet strike developed nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, or other European countries. But the likelihood of an outbreak like the one ravaging West Africa at the moment is fairly low, says a director at the National Institutes of Health.

There may be "a case or two outside of Africa, but it is extremely unlikely that it will explode into the outbreak we're seeing now," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases at the NIH.
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world lead

August 27th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Taliban kidnapping survivor: There’s only one way to save American hostages now

(CNN) – American journalist Steven Sotloff has been held hostage by terrorists for more than a year. His mother begged ISIS, the militant group that has her son, for mercy.

Her son has no control over what the United States government does, and he should not be held responsible for its actions, Shirley Sotloff said.

"He's an innocent journalist," she says.

Steven Sotloff appears at the end of the gruesome video ISIS released of the beheading of American journalist James Foley last week.

"The only way you can save an American hostage now is to, you know, to pay a very large ransom," said Reuters reporter David Rohde, who was previously kidnapped by the Taliban and held prisoner for seven months.
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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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