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politics lead

February 24th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

In South Carolina, Clinton forces try to tap Obama magic

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – To hear some tell it, the 2008 South Carolina primary clash between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was a few steps away from a full-blown race riot.

"It was unbelievable down here in 2007 and 2008," said Bridget Tripp, a Democratic organizer from Lexington who supported Obama in that year's primary. "Bill Clinton was going through downtown Columbia calling Barack Obama a racist."

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national lead

February 24th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Study: Acetaminophen in pregnancy linked to ADHD

(CNN) – Acetaminophen is supposed to be the safe option; most widely known as Tylenol, the drug is routinely prescribed by doctors for pregnant women in pain.

But a new large study out of Denmark calls this long-standing practice into question, finding that women using the common pain reliever during pregnancy are more likely to have children who go on to have ADHD.
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world lead

February 24th, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Ukraine issues arrest warrant for ousted President Viktor Yanukovych

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) - Ukraine's ousted President is a wanted man. He's also a missing man.

Viktor Yanukovych is not in Kiev. The mayor of Kharkiv, where Yanukovych was Saturday, says he hasn't seen him in a few days.

He's also apparently not hiding in a bunker in a Ukrainian Orthodox monastery, a church spokesman said, swatting down the latest speculation.

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world lead

February 24th, 2014
01:50 PM ET

Web exclusive: McFaul: Ambassadors must 'earn the respect' of host countries

(CNN) – While President Barack Obama's outgoing ambassador to Russia won't weigh in on the administration's recent choices for top diplomatic postings, Michael McFaul says it's every ambassadors job to "earn the respect" of the nations in which they serve.

"One does need to earn the respect of your interlocutors here," McFaul told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview on Monday.

President Obama has come under fire for passing over career diplomats to nominate prominent campaign bundlers for important - and often cushy - overseas jobs. The President's pick for the next U.S. Amb. to Argentina, Noah Bryson Mamet, admitted to a Senate panel that he had never been to the country. This came after Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. embassy in Oslo, George Tsunis, testified he did not know Norway was a constitutional monarchy and denounced one of the ruling coalition's political parties as a "fringe-element."

While McFaul, a well-regarded political pick that came from the world of academia, told Tapper he was unfamiliar with those cases, he said that each diplomat must be judged by how well he upholds American values abroad.

"You need to be true to executing the policy of our government and our people, because sometimes I do things here not just on behalf of the executive branch, but on behalf of all Americans," McFaul said. "And that's the most important thing to remember."

Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see the rest of our interview with Amb. McFaul.

world lead

February 24th, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Web exclusive: McFaul: 'I don't know' why Russia cracks down on Pussy Riot

(CNN) – In an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said he doesn't quite understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's obsession with Pussy Riot.

Asked by Tapper why Russian authorities keep cracking down on the outspoken music group, McFaul said he has no idea.

"I don't know, to be honest," McFaul told Tapper. "I have said privately to my colleagues in the Russian government, including in the Kremlin, that sometimes their overreaction makes more news and more trouble for them in the West, than if they had a different approach."

Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see the rest of our interview with Amb. McFaul.

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