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

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world lead

August 22nd, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Rep. King: ISIS more powerful and deadly than al Qaeda on 9/11

(CNN) – Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant group known as ISIS, there has been mounting pressure on the White House to defeat the jihadists - a goal that would likely push President Obama toward military action in Syria.

There is no way to defeat ISIS, unless the U.S. goes into Syria with massive air strikes, said Rep. Peter King, R-New York, member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
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August 22nd, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Church prepares for Michael Brown funeral

(CNN) – The Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson, Missouri, is preparing for a very big day. Come Monday, the seats will be full of mourners to remember Michael Brown.

The church's special events manager Denise Makey is busy preparing for the largest event the congregation has ever seen, making room for more than 5,000 people.

"It's attracting a lot of attention, but at the end of the day, these parents are burying their son. And at the end of the day, that changes your perspective. They need to mourn their son and remember him, and our job is to support them and be there for them," Makey said.
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August 22nd, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Obama criticized over handling of ISIS

(CNN) – President Obama's comparison of the forces that would be ISIS to a "JV team" just a few months ago stands in stark conflict to what the Pentagon now calls a threat like we've never seen.

What kind of criticism is the White House facing right now?

CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports.

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August 22nd, 2014
02:39 PM ET

Report: Hamas kills 18 suspected informants for Israel

Gaza (CNN) - Hamas executed 18 suspected informants for Israel in Gaza on Friday, the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV reported.

This comes one day after an Israeli strike in the Gaza city of Rafah killed three senior leaders of the Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing.

Meanwhile Palestinian militants fired more rockets into Israel on Friday, and the Israeli Defense Forces kept up airstrikes on Gaza.

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