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world lead

September 3rd, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Why Obama won't call Russia in Ukraine an invasion

(CNN) – With President Obama's arrival in eastern Europe came news that Russia and Ukraine were working toward a cease-fire.

That sounds encouraging, except for one fairly significant hitch – Russia insists it can't make any cease-fire deal because it's not engaged in any conflict.

Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

politics lead

September 3rd, 2014
04:41 PM ET

After 30 years in Senate, McConnell runs as 'candidate of change'

Nicholasville, Kentucky (CNN) - When you first hear his pitch, it defies logic: Mitch McConnell, a 30-year veteran of the Senate, campaigning for re-election as an agent of change.

"If you want change, if you're unhappy with the direction of this country, the candidate of change is the guy you're looking at," McConnell told an audience at a Chamber of Commerce lunch here.

72-year-old McConnell - the top Senate Republican - is running against a 35-year-old Democrat who has never had an elected job in D.C.

But he's the change candidate?


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national lead

September 3rd, 2014
01:37 PM ET

Sen. McCaskill wants to withhold federal funding for local police unless they use body cams

(CNN) – Since those violent protests in the city of Ferguson, where demonstrators were pitted against heavily armed police, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, has been working on the issue of police militarization.

The various programs providing arms to police forces "haven't had enough oversight," says McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She will be holding a hearing on police militarization next week.

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