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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 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

July 30th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

Putin bets on Vegas, legalizes gambling in Crimea and Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies sending Russian troops into the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Of course, he also denied sending troops into Crimea back in March, and now maps have to be re-drawn.

Putin signed a law to turn Crimea into the Las Vegas of Russia, or at least the Tunica, Mississippi of Russia.

You know what they say: Whatever happens in Crimea stays in Crimea - because militias and Russia’s increasingly repressive government won't let it leave.

CNN’s Tom Foreman reports.

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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