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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 news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

world lead

April 18th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Arianna Huffington: Hillary Clinton would be 'amazing role model,' if she runs without burning out

(CNN) – Media mogul Arianna Huffington is out with a new book, "Thrive," pushing ambitious people to add a bit of balance to their lives.

"Our society has shrunken the definition down to these two metrics of money and power, which is like trying to sit on a two-legged stool, sooner or later you fall off," said Huffington, founder of "The Huffington Post."

Too often, people chasing success put their own well-being on the back burner, much to their detriment, says Huffington.

"We need to realize that we're living under a collective delusion that equates burn out with success," says Huffington.
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April 18th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Fmr. Coast Guard captain from 'A Perfect Storm' weighs in on South Korea ferry disaster

(CNN) – An arrest warrant was issued Friday for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea, an accident that killed 29 people and left nearly 270 missing.

Plenty of questions remain about why it took so long to evacuate the ferry and why passengers were ordered at first to stay put.

"There was no reason to have that many people trapped down below the ship whatsoever," said Captain Larry Brudnicki, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.). Brudnicki led the rescue mission after the disaster that inspired the movie "The Perfect Storm."
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politics lead

April 18th, 2014
03:53 PM ET

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Russia is going to far out man Ukraine, "but we need to make sure that they understand they're going to pay a price if they do come in," says Corker.
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April 17th, 2014
04:42 PM ET

'Chilling' anti-Semitic leaflets handed out in eastern Ukraine, U.S. says

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham, CNN

(CNN) – U.S. officials Thursday denounced what one called a "grotesque" leaflet ordering Jews in one eastern Ukrainian city to register with a government office, but the Jewish community there dismissed it as a "provocation," adding their relations between Jews and locals were amicable.

The fliers were handed out by masked men in front the main synagogue in Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters have declared a "People's Republic" in defiance of the pro-Western government in Kiev, a statement issued by Jewish leaders in Donetsk. They warned the city's Jews to register and document their property or face deportation, according to a CNN translation of one of the leaflets.

Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that a respected Jewish leader in Ukraine showed him a photograph of one of the leaflets and called it "chilling." In Geneva, where diplomats held emergency talks on the Ukrainian crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called them "grotesque" and "beyond unacceptable."
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money lead

April 16th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone: It's not about technology

(CNN) – It's not about the technology, says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Seems like an odd statement, coming from a man who co-founded a social media platform that helped bring governments to their knees. But in his new book "Things a Little Bird Told Me," Stone describes his last day at Twitter, writing about how upsetting it was to learn the company was doing a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama.

Stone wanted Twitter to be government neutral.

"I just have this general philosophy that it's really all about people, not technology. I believe in the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology," Stone said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Whenever things happen around the world and Twitter gets mentioned along with it, I always try to make sure people see it's people that are doing this. You know, when the Berlin wall fell, it wasn't like AT&T was like, 'Hey they used phones! Phones helped!'" said Stone.
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