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politics lead

February 18th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Roundtable: Chris Christie, Ted Nugent, and the return of Kathleen Willey

(CNN) – Sure, Governor Chris Christie still mired in scandal back in New Jersey, but that hasn't stopped him from making it rain for the Republican party.

The Republican Governor's Association has reportedly raised at least $8.5 million this year with Christie as chairman, who helped bring in $6 million in January alone. That's double what the RGA says they've ever raised before in the same time period.

Tonight, Christie heads across the Hudson to New York's storied Harvard club, where he'll meet with more donors at the national republican senatorial committee's "majority makers" policy retreat, and make the case that the GOP can take the Senate, and make in-roads everywhere, even in the blue states.

CNN's chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash, and The New York Times Magazine 's Jim Rutenberg join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss Christie, Ted Nugent, and the return of Kathleen Willey. Check out the video above.

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world lead

February 18th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turns himself in

(CNN) - They have withstood gunfire, tear gas and water cannons.

Yet after a number of deaths in their ranks, protesters in Venezuela once again took to the streets to demand better security, an end to scarcities and protected freedom of speech.

The government reflects these complaints back on the opposition like a mirror. Shortages? Unrest? Violence? This is the doing of a corrupt opposition in cahoots with the United States, it says.

Venezuela has withstood plots to destabilize its economy and overthrow the President, the government says.

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