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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

world lead

July 24th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Lessons learned from two plane crashes in two days

(CNN) – With two passenger plane crashes in just one week, what can be learned from these horrific events? Do they have anything in common?

CNN's Tom Foreman walks us through these two crashes, and the circumstances surrounding them.

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politics lead

June 26th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

The case of the missing government e-mails

(CNN) – If every federal worker in the executive branch alone sends and receives as many e-mails as an average business user, that would be more than 326,000,000 per day, or 3,777 every second.

That's a lot to keep track of, and now not only the IRS, but also the EPA is saying, specifically EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, "... we may have some e-mails that we cannot produce that we should have kept."
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politics lead

June 24th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Meet the IRS clean-up man

Washington (CNN) – Amid the storm of congressional outrage and accusations, there he sat, serene as a saint: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

One Democrat said Koskinen faced an "inquisition" while testifying before Congress Monday, and over the past week. But the commissioner has held his own, refusing to apologize, and denying that he misled Congress about lost e-mails.

The White House could not have picked a better brawler. Koskinen was trained in physics at Duke, and law at Yale. He worked for a New York mayor, a Connecticut senator, and was deputy mayor of Washington, D.C., during a financial crisis.

What he likes most, however, are seemingly lost causes.
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national lead

May 16th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

How does a 'firenado' form?

(CNN) – One of the biggest dangers facing fire fighters battling the blaze in California is a day with rapidly changing weather and winds which can push a fire in any direction.

But how does that sort of action translate into a whirlwind of fire, or a "firenado"?
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national lead

May 6th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

New White House report says climate change impacts U.S. now

(CNN) – The White House was out in full force Tuesday, pushing one of President Barack Obama's big second term priorities: recognizing the effects of climate change.

Read: Climate change is here and action needed now, new White House report says

This morning the administration pushed out the third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Put together by 300 experts, the report is more than 800 pages, and finds "climate change is happening now."

Floods, hurricanes, drought, extreme heat, wildfires, the assesmemt reads like a passage out of the bible

CNN's Tom Foreman walks us through on the immediate effects highlighted by the report.

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