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money lead

May 17th, 2013
06:09 PM ET

Will Google's e-commerce 'e-rase' PayPal?

The next phase in Google's plan for world domination is your wallet. The internet giant unveiled an exciting new update to some old technology, making it faster and easier to exchange money using a virtual wallet. That could spell big trouble for PayPal, one of the founding fathers of online payment.

CNN's Erin McPike reports, in the video above.

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politics lead

May 17th, 2013
03:14 PM ET

First on CNN: Gun battle in states heats up as NRA steps in to recall CO state senate president

By Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent

The national battle over guns is headed to the states in a major way.

Already groups supporting more gun restrictions have been active on the local level. And now for the first time in almost two decades, the National Rifle Association is attempting to coordinate the recall of a top state legislator for having successfully passed further gun restrictions in his state, CNN has learned.

The focus of the NRA campaign is Colorado State Senate President John Morse. He is facing a petition drive to initiate an election to recall him because of  legislation passed earlier this year requiring “universal” background checks on sales of all firearms in the state, as well as a ban on the sale of ammunition magazines greater than 15 rounds.

Morse told CNN he knew he was being targeted by local gun groups, but at the beginning did not know the NRA was after him.

"It was a grassroots effort for a little while, but when that didn't take at all, it was clear they were getting money from outside, and I wasn't the least bit surprised the NRA was behind it," said Morse.

The NRA declined an invitation to appear on "The Lead."
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politics lead

May 17th, 2013
02:08 PM ET

Web exclusive: Can Republicans work with Obama?

Watch "The Lead" on CNN at 4 p.m. for our full interview with former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan. In the meantime - a teaser Q&A with the Wisconsin Republican.

Jake: There are certainly a lot of controversies or scandals brewing right now when it comes to the Obama administration. There's Benghazi, IRS, the DOJ issuing subpoenas of the Associated Press phone records. We have the story yesterday about the terrorists, former terrorists put in the -

Paul Ryan: Right.

Jake: - Witness Relocation Program that the Marshal Service lost track of. There's a lot for Congress to beat up the administration on. At the same time, there are pressing needs in the economy. There are pressing needs when it comes to immigration reform. Will it be possible for House Republicans to work with the administration to get things done for this country while all -

Paul Ryan: Yes, I think so.

Jake: - while also maintaining these investigations?

Paul Ryan: Yes. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. I'm part of a group of Republicans and Democrats that just reached an agreement of principle last night on immigration reform, bipartisan immigration reform. We're still working on comprehensive tax reform in the Ways and Means Committee, the committee that's doing these IRS hearings, as well. And we're working with senators like Max Baucus, the Democrat chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
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world lead

May 17th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Libya: Medicine, weapons, and KFC

There's a new colonel in town in Libya, modeled on America's Colonel Sanders. Libya's "Uncle Kentaki" is an American fast food knock-off. Anothony Bourdain visited the fried chicken eatery for his latest installment of "Parts Unknown."

Check out the video above.

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