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national lead

August 21st, 2013
07:04 PM ET

U.S. runs out of firefighters to face level five fires

Fast moving wildfires have left behind scorched earth from Arizona to Alaska this week.

In Idaho, the National Wildfire Preparedness Threat Level was raised to its highest level for the first time in five years. Resources are stretched so thin that the military and even international firefighters could be called in to help, including firefighters from as far away as New Zealand.

Wildfires are also closing in on two national treasures.

In California, crews are working overtime to contain a forest fire just east of Yosemite.

A 4,500 acre fire is burning in the heart of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

In Montana, Governor Steve Bullock has declared a state of emergency in 31 counties where blazes continue to spread.

“The Lolo Creek complex outside Lolo, close to the city of Missoula, is the number one fire now in the nation which means it gets the highest priority for those critical resources that we would dispatch to a fire,” said Steve Gage from the national interagency fire center.

These fires aren't just burning up land, they're burning a hole in the federal budget.


pop lead

August 21st, 2013
06:53 PM ET

MacFarlane offends with show that hasn't premiered yet

Seth MacFarlane is known for crude humor and he has made a career out of pushing envelopes. Sure, his previous productions have focused on families and teddy bears but those wholesome topics are Trojan horses for much edgier content, and MacFarlane’s new sitcom is no different.

The Family Guy creator will debut his first multi-camera sitcom, Dads on Fox next month. The pilot episode is still weeks away, but there are already objections to its controversial content.

Scenes of a provocatively dressed Asian woman, giggling demurely amid a group of men are among a handful of clips used to promote “Dads” on Fox’s website.

Instead of the laughs executives may have expected, FOX recently received a letter from Guy Aoki, the founder of the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans.

"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," Aoki wrote, "We are asking you to re-shoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot."

FOX declined and the network insisted its show will be "evocative and will poke FUN at stereotypes and bigotries," adding that it needed time to develop the characters.


national lead

August 21st, 2013
10:49 AM ET

The loner to be awarded a Medal of Honor

For more, watch "Jake Tapper Reports: An Unlikely Hero" tonight August 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Jake Tapper, host of "The Lead" and CNN's chief Washington correspondent, is the author of the best-selling book, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."

When Pvt.Ty Carter first arrived in Afghanistan, he took one look at his surroundings and thought, "This is a death trap."

He would soon learn just how right he was.

Combat Outpost Keating was a sitting target for nearby Taliban insurgents: It sat deep within a valley, surrounded by mountains.

The American soldiers stationed there knew it was only a matter of time before something bad happened. "We just didn't know when," Carter said.

When it did, the assault would set in motion a chaotic chain of events that had every soldier certain he would not make it out alive.

Eight American soldiers died on October 3, 2009. Many of the 45 others who survived, including Carter, struggle with the guilt that they couldn't save more lives.

Yet Carter's daring efforts to rescue his fellow soldiers in the face of imminent death earned him the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, which he will receive on Monday at a White House ceremony.

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