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

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pop lead

January 24th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Which artists will shine on Grammy night?

(CNN) - The 56th annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday night in Los Angeles. Beyond the glitz, glamour and questionable fashion statements, viewers can also look forward to a special performance by power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

And just added to the performance lineup – the material girl herself, Madonna.

But of course, the real fun of Grammy night is predicting which artists will rack up the top prizes. The folks at Billboard magazine are already locking in their predictions – editor Joe Levy dishes to CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

sports lead

January 24th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Richard Sherman's $5 million rant

New York (CNNMoney) - Richard Sherman could stand to make about $5 million in endorsements - all because of his 15-second rant moments after helping the Seattle Seahawks get to the Super Bowl.

Sherman, a defensive back, made the play that secured Seattle's 23-17 win over San Francisco on Jan. 19. Immediately after the play, he did a TV interview proclaiming that he was the best cornerback in the National Football League, and dissing the opposing player who he had foiled on the play.

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world lead

January 24th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Report: U.S. investigating Dennis Rodman for $10,000 worth of luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un

(CNN) - The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating whether Dennis Rodman broke the law by lavishing North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un with expensive gifts, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

Rodman reportedly gave the young leader, among other things, Irish whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, even a designer Mulberry handbag for Kim's wife.

It is unclear whether Rodman, or the Irish gambling website Paddy Power that sponsored the trip brought the gifts. Regardless, someone is in trouble.

"Any gifts given to North Korea are clear violations of not only the UN Security Council resolutions, but also U.S. law. They can face up to a $1 million fine, 20 years in prison. If it turns out it was the Irish company, they could be put on a sanctions list, they can have their assets frozen," said The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, who first reported the story.

"We're looking at $10,000 worth of gifts, roughly. The Paddy Power's people dispute that. It doesn't matter, if you bring $1 of gifts that are on the sanctions list, you've committed a crime," said Rogin.

For more of our interview with reporter Josh Rogin, check out the video above.

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sports lead

January 24th, 2014
01:18 PM ET

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a Super Bowl bet with CNN's Jake Tapper

For more of our interview with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is – not surprisingly – rooting for his home team the Denver Broncos. The team's strong offense will edge out the Seattle Seahawks' defense and win the game by 3-6 points, Hancock predicts.

"Particularly in inclement weather, I think the offense has the edge. And when you have someone like Peyton Manning, I'll take his ability to really study and prepare for any type of defense that he'll see," said Hancocks.

CNN's Jake Tapper – a Philly boy – is backing the Seahawks, and is willing to put some skin in the game. "The Lead" team doesn't want any Rocky Mountain oysters, so Hancock suggests wagering some Colorado beef, or "great green chili" in exchange for some Philadelphia pizza.

What should they wager? Stay tuned for more.

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