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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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Will Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

Will Congress approve Obama's plan to defeat ISIS? Plus, the latest on Ray Rice and the NFL.

world lead

September 12th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Liberia needs urgent help to deal with Ebola outbreak, WHO says

(CNN) – The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday.

"In the three hardest hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in the Ebola-specific treatment centers," said Margaret Chan, the WHO director-general. "Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia."

Liberia has seen almost 400 new Ebola cases in the last week, nearly double the number from the previous week. The Liberian government needs urgent support to deal with the outbreak, says a WHO spokesman.

"We are seeing cases across the country, there are transmission chains in 14 out of 15 counties in Liberia. We do not enough of beds to treat all those who need to be treated. People out there who are infected are infecting other people," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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world lead

September 12th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Fmr. NSA director: Airstrikes are like 'casual sex' – gratifying, with no commitment

(CNN) – A former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency is criticizing President Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS, using a rather memorable analogy likening U.S. airstrikes to casual sex.

"The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex," retired Gen. Michael Hayden told U.S. News.

"The use of air power, for want of a better term, was very gratifying. But the President limited his commitment. He said a lot of things we will not do, including American ground forces," said Hayden.
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September 11th, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Sen. Ayotte: Obama understated threat of ISIS

(CNN) – In a speech laying out his strategy to defeat ISIS, President Obama acknowledged Wednesday that there is no specific plot against the homeland.

Some experts, like a former State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, say there is a danger that the threat of ISIS is being overblown. But Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, disagrees.

"I think actually the President understated the threat last night," Ayotte said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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sports lead

September 11th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

ESPN co-host: No evidence yet Goodell is lying

(CNN) – The president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a chorus of others have called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation, after reports surfaced that the league saw a video of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his fiancee out cold months ago.

Goodell said Tuesday that no one in the league saw the video before TMZ published it online earlier this week.

But not everyone is calling for Goodell's ouster. Indeed, ESPN "First Take" co-host Stephen A. Smith railed against NOW president Terry O'Neill.

"I'm sorry. I think this woman is off her rocker. She's lost her mind. That's right, I said it. Most ridiculous nonsense. Roger Goodell deserves to lose his job because - why are you acting like he's Ray Rice? Roger Goodell did not hit her. He hasn't hit any women," Smith said on ESPN.

Smith walked that back in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," saying he apologizes to O'Neil because he believed she was calling for Goodell's resignation specifically because of his handling of the Ray Rice video.
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money lead

September 10th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Apple's Tim Cook out from Steve Jobs' shadow?

(CNN) – After the unveiling of new iPhones, Apple Pay, and especially the Apple Watch, The New York Times' technology reporter went bullish, declaring the company is back, and better ever.

"The big question about Tim Cook's Apple was whether it could make something completely new, and whether whatever it made would be kind of as ground breaking as the stuff that Apple produced when Steve Jobs was CEO. And I think basically they answered that question yesterday," reporter Farhad Manjoo said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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