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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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national lead

October 18th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Border, drones, and terrorism: The challenges facing the next DHS secretary

President Barack Obama announced Friday that Jeh Johnson, former head counsel for the Pentagon, will be the next Department of Homeland Security Secretary – if he is confirmed.

Former assistant secretary of Homeland Security Julie Myers Wood was involved in appointing Michael Chertoff to this same position under former President George W. Bush, and said there are many similarities between Secretary Chertoff and Johnson.
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money lead

October 18th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Columnist: Making Google a small part of your portfolio is worth it, even at $1,000

Google stock reached a record high Friday, closing at over $1,000, a huge increase from the company's initial public offering price back of $85 in 2004.

"A lot of people say $1,000 a share, that's expensive, and you really have to consider things like the stock price compared to revenue, compared to profits," said Rocco Pendola, columnist with TheStreet.com.

"Google's a pretty good value," said Pendola, but he cautioned investors against chasing the stock because they missed it at $85, or $100, or even $700.

"It depends on your personal situation. (If you) want to make it a small part of your portfolio, probably not a bad idea even at these levels. But to say, 'My strategy is going to be to catch Google going from $1,000 to $2,000,' it's really risky for most people, particularly if you have retirements, college funds, first homes, those kind of things that your money depends on," said Pendola.

For more of our interview with Rocco Pendola, watch the video above.

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national lead

October 18th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Obamacare website data errors cost time and manpower

If it wasn't for the 16-day government shutdown, the big story of the month would probably be the stumbling debut of Obamacare, which allows users to experience the joy of a trip to the DMV from the comfort of their couch.

CNN has reported extensively on the problems people have had signing up through the health care exchange websites that launched October 1. CNN reported first earlier this week that insurers are having problems, too, getting bad data from the government on who would buy the plans insurance companies are supposed to offer.

Now, The Wall Street Journal has more details about that, reporting Thursday on duplicate enrollments, wrong info, blank data fields, and concerns over whether the people signing up are really eligible. Some insurers have hired temporary workers to call these new customers, and clear up the mistakes.
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New DHS Secretary nominee could be subpoenaed in Jill Kelley lawsuit

national lead

October 18th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

New DHS Secretary nominee could be subpoenaed in Jill Kelley lawsuit

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

President Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, former Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson, is likely to be subpoenaed by the legal team representing Jill and Scott Kelley should their lawsuit against the Obama administration go forward, a knowledgeable source told CNN.

The Kelleys are suing the Obama administration for leaks that, they allege, damaged their reputations even though they were the original victims in the scandal involving then-CIA director David Petraeus’s affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. The scandal began to unravel after Broadwell allegedly sent anonymous e-mails disparaging Jill Kelley to Scott Kelley, Petraeus, and four-star Marine General John Allen, and perhaps even other top military brass last year.
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buried lead

October 18th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Web exclusive: Top 5 drone bloopers

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for our story on privately-owned drones.

What do the Philadelphia Phillies' Mike Schmidt and Darth Vader have to do with drones? CNN's Jake Tapper caught up with a group of drone enthusiasts, and these are the top five moments that didn't, er, fly for television.

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