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

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

'Precision' airstrikes hitting civilians in Gaza

Israel has claimed again and again that it is using precision strikes against Hamas in Gaza, but 70 to 80 percent of the people Israel is killing in Gaza are civilians, according to the United Nations.

The Pentagon says it's in the process of selling Israel more ammunition, as part of a “re-supply.”

The shipment includes illumination rounds and tank rounds, not precision rounds like missiles fired by drones or smart bombs fired by an F-16.

CNN’s Barbara Starr asks how precise these strikes can be if the overwhelming number of people they kill are civilians.

politics lead

July 31st, 2014
06:21 PM ET

After failure to pass border bill, House delays summer recess

Visions of vacation homes and fishing trips will have to wait for members of the House.

Their five-week recess was expected to start today, but the Republican Party’s leadership is delaying it after they pulled a $659 million emergency funding bill to deal with the thousands of undocumented immigrants detained at the border.

House Republicans called a meeting in the morning as it considers its next move.

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

After nearly a week, investigators reach MH17 crash site

For the first time in nearly a week, international investigators made it to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

For days on end the area controlled by pro-Russian rebels presented too much of a threat to the team, which is from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Liberian President: There are dead bodies all over

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells CNN's Jake Tapper about the additional measures Liberia is taking to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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national lead

July 31st, 2014
05:14 PM ET

CIA apologizes to Senate for spying

The CIA Director apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee after admitting they had spied on the panel's computers.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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