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national lead

November 22nd, 2013
04:18 PM ET

50 years on, nation pauses to remember John F. Kennedy's death

Dallas (CNN) - Five decades after it served as the backdrop for a nation's grief and disbelief, Dallas' Dealey Plaza took center stage once again Friday as Americans commemorated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

"A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago when hope and hatred collided right here in Dallas," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in his remarks commemorating Kennedy's death.
Rawlings then read the final words of the speech Kennedy was to deliver that day. That was followed by a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m., the time Kennedy was shot a few feet from where Rawlings spoke.

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State Department, Leon Panetta added as defendants in Jill Kelley lawsuit

buried lead

November 22nd, 2013
01:47 PM ET

State Department, Leon Panetta added as defendants in Jill Kelley lawsuit

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham

An update on a story "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper" first reported in August, regarding the sex scandal that brought down former CIA director David Petraeus.

Jill and Scott Kelley, suing the Obama administration for alleged defamation of character during the aftermath of the Petraeus sex scandal, have added new defendants to their lawsuit, including the Department of State, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and outgoing FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce.
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sports lead

November 21st, 2013
06:36 PM ET

Jose Canseco pulled over with goats in diapers

He says Major League Baseball made him the scapegoat for steroids. Well, takes one to know one Jose Canseco.

The former slugger was pulled over by the cops Wednesday with his girlfriend and a car full of goats. Canseco even tweeted a picture as proof. If you look closely, one of the goats is wearing a diaper.

And you thought Canseco couldn't top wearing a mini skirt in season five of "The Surreal Life."

Canseco said the animals are part of a fainting goat adventure documentary that he is producing.

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world lead

November 21st, 2013
06:22 PM ET

Expert: I'd be surprised if we don't get an Iran deal

(CNN) - As fellow American officials met with allied and Iranian counterparts in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that all sides are closer than they've been in a long time on a nuclear deal.

"We have the best chance we've had in a decade, we believe, to halt progress and roll back Iran's program," Kerry said from Washington.

Experts seem to agree.

"I would be surprised, I think, if we don't get a deal," said Robin Wright, Middle East analyst with the Woodrow Wilson Center.
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politics lead

November 21st, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Roundtable: Does Congressman Radel, busted buying cocaine, have no shame?

Congressman Trey Radel, R-Florida, was busted in Washington, D.C., buying an eight-ball of cocaine. He checked himself into rehab on Thursday, but announced no plans to step down.

"It's entirely bizarre that he's still a congressman. Is there no shame anymore?" said Michael Warren, of The Weekly Standard.
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