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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

world lead

November 13th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

Russia's planes getting more aggressive

(CNN) – A simulated bombing attack on a Danish island.

A near collision between a Russian military plane and a Swedish passenger aircraft carrying 132 people.

And threatening maneuvers by a Russian jet toward a U.S. reconnaissance plane, including showing that it was fully armed with missiles.

Russia's increasingly aggressive moves are outlined in "Dangerous Brinkmanship," an analysis that lists more than 40 "close military encounters between Russia and the West" that took place in the eight months from March to October of this year.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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money lead

November 11th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Is Google renting NASA airfield to prepare for space exploration?

(CNN) - Another tech giant is headed to a new frontier after seemingly conquering Earth.

Google plans to pay NASA more than one billion dollars to operate this huge hangar in California. It's large enough to hold six football fields!

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politics lead

November 4th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Kansas Independent could hold key to the Senate

(CNN) – In the great struggle for control of the U.S. Senate, it is fully possible the contest will come down to one seat deciding which side has the advantage, and that could make Kansas hugely important.
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national lead

October 29th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

NASA contracting from private companies is cheaper, but also risky

(CNN) – The end of the space shuttle era amid government budget issues in 2011, was the beginning of officials seriously handing over the reins of space travel to private companies.

Ever since, questions have swirled about whether private companies can handle such dangerous work well, while watching the bottom line.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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politics lead

October 28th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

The key races that could decide control of the Senate

(CNN) – Ten very close Senate races are still up for grabs, and it appears these states will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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