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

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buried lead

October 14th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper traces his roots to ...

(CNN) – Our very own Jake Tapper discovers his colonial roots! Though it’s not exactly what he’d hoped for.

The Philadelphia native travels to Canada, and is shocked to learn his ancestors ... were on the wrong side of the American Revolution.

Thirteen of CNN's anchors and hosts trace their family roots across the globe and back in time, beginning Sunday, October 12. Don't miss the two-hour ROOTS special, Tuesday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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politics lead

October 14th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Democrats pull money out of Kentucky Senate race

Washington (CNN) - Democrats pulled their TV advertising in Kentucky from now through election day, leaving Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes without air support from the national party, which had invested heavily in trying to unseat the Senate's top Republican.

It's a sign of how stretched Democrats are in defending their own turf across the country that they can no longer afford to go on offense in the marquee race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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national lead

October 14th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Dangers of Ebola myths and misconceptions

(CNN) – Ebola is not airborne, but misinformation about it sure is.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, the state that houses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Marietta Daily Journal that the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health told him: "... water kills the Ebola virus ... her advice was 'wash your hands.'"

That's not right. Chlorine kills Ebola. Bleach. Not water alone. Not ever.

Then there was R&B singer Chris Brown who sent a tweet to his 13.7 million followers on Monday: "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Sh*t is getting crazy bruh."

Actually, Chris, the only crazy thing going on is people pushing nonsensical conspiracy theories like that one, bruh.
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national lead

October 14th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Expert questions CDC guidelines on Ebola

(CNN) – Head-to-toe, tape-to-tie, protective suits have become the symbol of Ebola danger and prevention worldwide.

Investigators are currently looking whether the infected Texas nurse followed all the protocols.

"What we're doing at this point is looking at every aspect of prevention, of infection in the Dallas hospital," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

For those on the front lines of this crisis, learning how to properly dress and disrobe for new patients is crucial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current guidelines come with a disclaimer, noting that they will "vary based on the level of precautions required."

The problem is, according to one expert, the guidelines on CDC's website do not adequately describe coverage for health care workers – troubling at a time when hospitals are desperate for guidance.
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