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world lead

May 26th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Former Secretary Albright: Russia tried to meddle in Ukraine elections

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Monday that the results of the Ukraine's elections, despite disenfranchisement of some voters in eastern Ukraine, show that the people of Ukraine, “don’t want to be destabilized, they want to be a normal European country.”

Albright said that only a “small percentage” of the Ukraine’s 45 million people felt the effects of the election disruption. Otherwise, she said the election was “free and fair.”

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national lead

May 26th, 2014
04:54 PM ET

Lawmaker responds to grieving father from Santa Barbara shooting

(CNN) – Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, who is also a psychologist, urged his fellow members of Congress to act to prevent future violence by mentally ill individuals like the Isla Vista, California shooter.

Murphy said of national mental health legislation, “Let’s get it done.”

On pushes for more gun control, Murphy contends “when we are talking about guns, it’s too late.”
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May 26th, 2014
04:33 PM ET

California killer raised red flags

Memorial Day in Santa Barbara, California has taken on another tragic dimension in the wake of a horrific series of attacks that killed six people.

CNN's Pamela Brown updates Jake Tapper with the latest on the investigation, and how authorities missed so many red flags about the killer.

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May 26th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

The victims of the California massacre

While many are going to focus on this killer and why he did what he did, The Lead tries to keep the focus on the victims of the California shooting rampage.

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world lead

May 26th, 2014
01:33 PM ET

Hagel: U.S., NATO will respond to Russian provocation

Affirming the NATO Treaty’s obligation, Defense Secretary Hagel said “an attack on any individual [NATO member] is an attack on all of us.”

Hagel sought to reassure allies that military assets are moving toward the region to deter and respond, if necessary, any Russian aggressive actions.

The purpose of the additional forces in the region, according to Hagel, is preparedness. “We have to be prepared, as a collective security group, for any eventuality,” Hagel said.

Hagel insisted, “But we shouldn't either forget that it's Russia who instigated this.  They brought on - they've been the provocative ones.  They've brought on the tensions.”

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