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politics lead

June 25th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Democrats likely swung Mississippi GOP contest

(CNN) – To clinch the GOP nomination, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's backers turned to Democrats, especially African-Americans who make up 37% of the state's population.

Cochran's supporters actively reminded voters of the senator's work to secure federal funds for programs relied upon by African-Americans, like Head Start and certain medical centers in the state.


world lead

June 25th, 2014
04:26 PM ET

Iraq crisis: Did the U.S. leave a vacuum for Iran, Syria?

(CNN) – The White House is in a situation where the enemy of my enemy is a dictator. It's not like the White House is going to call and thank Syria. This may have been inevitable, because if the U.S. isn't going to do airstrikes in Iraq, isn't there a vacuum for Syria and Iran to step in?

CNN's Fareed Zakaria weighs in.

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national lead

June 25th, 2014
11:42 AM ET

Swim at your own risk: Shark attacks expected to rise this summer

(CNN) – There could be a surge in shark attacks this summer, and they could be connected to climate change, a new report from Discovery News warns.

The month of May was the hottest in recorded history, according to the NOAA. More people heading to the shores to beat the heat, means more toes on sharks' turf.

"Sharks have their own particular temperatures they're happy in, we do too," George Burgess, director for the Florida Program for Shark Research, tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

As waters warm up in our hemisphere, "sharks and humans both will be probably swimming farther north," he said.

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