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

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world lead

January 29th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Congressman: Traveling to Sochi is a risk, but we have to stand up to terrorists

(CNN) - Russian officials are telling the U.S., and the world, that the Sochi Olympics will be safe, and they are "frantically trying to make sure that is true" according to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, who just returned from a congressional delegation to Russia.
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national lead

January 29th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

After storm causes massive traffic jam in Georgia, fingerpointing begins

(CNN) - A day after up to 3 inches of snow in parts of Georgia shut down many of metro Atlanta's roadways, officials acknowledged Wednesday they could have planned better for the storm.

The city did not stagger closings, and as ice formed on roadways, thousands were stuck in highway hell, with some drivers stranded for more than 15 hours.

"The situation went from bad to worse more quickly than I think anyone expected," said Atlanta City Council Member Cesar Mitchell.
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politics lead

January 29th, 2014
03:05 PM ET

Tapper measures the state of Jelly

(CNN) – CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper became the first journalist to tap into the social media app Jelly, asking people to weigh in on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Jelly is a new app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that lets users ask questions using pictures.

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politics lead

January 29th, 2014
12:50 AM ET

Will red state Democrats campaign with Obama?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama had plenty of lines during tonight's State of the Union address that brought his fellow Democrats to their feet.

But supporting the President is trickier for Democrats facing re-election in red states; there are no fewer than four Democratic senators running to keep their seats traditionally Republican states.

One of them is Alaska Senator Mark Begich. The link to his official website boasts Begich is "As Independent As Alaska."
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politics lead

January 29th, 2014
12:33 AM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama's precedent of an 'imperial presidency' is dangerous

(CNN) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, stalwart Tea Partier and opponent of President Barack Obama, heard "a couple of things" he liked in tonight's State of the Union, namely Obama's "myRA" proposal, and the promise to streamline regulations.

"If he meant that he's open to streamlining regulations to help small businesses create jobs, that's something I could get excited about," said Cruz.

But there is little else about the President that excites the Texas Republican, evidenced by the title of his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama. In it, Cruz takes issue with Obama's use of executive order and unilateral changes to laws.

"Even if you happen to agree with him on policy matters, the precedent of the president picking and choosing what laws to follow is a dangerous precedent," Cruz told CNN.
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