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sports lead

September 18th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Cardinals cut player with violent history after CNN inquiries

By CNN correspondent Sara Ganim

(CNN) – Just days after the recent Ray Rice scandal broke, the Arizona Cardinals signed a player with a history of domestic abuse arrests, only to fire him today once CNN and other media began asking questions. If he had stayed, he would have been in a good position to replace Jonathan Dwyer, the Cardinals running back who was deactivated after being arrested for domestic abuse.

Chris Rainey has been kicked off three previous teams for bad behavior - twice for domestic abuse-related charges. Each time, he was picked up again by another team.
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money lead

September 18th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

NFL feeling the heat from sponsors

(CNN) – With more NFL players making headlines for their rap sheets than stat sheets, sponsors are speaking out about the league and even criticizing its handling of these high profile cases.

"I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL's acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league ... the reality for Commissioner Goodell and the NFL is that they now have an opportunity to affect positive change with the situation presented to them. I urge them to seize this moment," read a strongly worded statement from Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsi Co.

McDonalds, Visa, Campbell's Soup and Anheuser-Busch have also released statements pledging to monitor how the NFL deals with domestic violence cases going forward.

USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

world lead

September 18th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Rep. Sanchez: 'This is a rush' to war

(CNN) – Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-California, voted Wednesday against a House bill to arm moderate Syrian rebels to aid in the fight against ISIS.

Sanchez expressed frustration at the process, noting that the vote was yesterday, while a House Armed Services hearing on ISIS was held today, telling U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel she found the order of events "pretty disturbing."

"ISIS does present a problem," Sanchez said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I just don't believe that the plan that they've put together to arm these moderates – as they call them – Syrians will work."

The congresswoman criticized her colleagues for not staying to debate the issue, but going home to campaign instead. Asked if there was a rush to war, Sanchez said: "Yes, I do believe that this is a rush."
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money lead

September 18th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Oracle founder steps down as CEO

(CNN) – Three days after CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" reported that unpatched security holes in software from tech giant Oracle could have exposed sensitive information on tens of thousands of people, CNN has learned that Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO, the position he's held since 1977.

But he's not leaving the company altogether. Ellison will hang on as the executive chairman of Oracle's board and chief technology officer.

Forbes lists Ellison as the fifth-richest man in the world.

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Free Syrian Army doesn't dispute aid to fight ISIS will also be used to fight Assad

world lead

September 18th, 2014
12:18 PM ET

Free Syrian Army doesn't dispute aid to fight ISIS will also be used to fight Assad

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

A letter issued Wednesday by a top leader of the Free Syrian Army makes it clear that its fighters intend to use U.S. aid to fight not only ISIS but the forces of Bashar al-Assad, regardless of a reluctance by the Obama administration to publicly acknowledge that fact. The letter – issued as Congress began voting on aid and assistance to the rebels – affirms “the Free Syrian Army’s continued commitment to removing the twin terrorists Bashar al-Assad and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from Syrian soil,” and directly calls upon the U.S. Congress to help them accomplish that task.

Obtained by CNN and available here, the letter was in direct response to Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minnesota, who opposed the House legislation that provided funding and military aid to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS. On Tuesday on the House floor, Nolan questioned whether members the Free Syrian Army were truly moderates.
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