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money lead

November 6th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

The secrets to Taylor Swift's success

(CNN) – Pop star Taylor Swift's latest album "1989" sold 1.2 million copies in one week, making it the first of the year to go platinum.

The last album that went platinum was "The Eminem Show," back in 2002 - before the iPod era, before Twitter, before Instagram.

Why has it taken so long to see this kind of success in the music industry, and how was Swift able to do it?

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher J. Farley, editor of "The Speakeasy" blog, breaks it down for CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.

politics lead

November 6th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Boehner to Obama: Caution, you could 'burn' yourself

Washington (CNN) - An emboldened House Speaker John Boehner, fresh off Tuesday's midterms when Republicans secured a bigger House majority and a GOP controlled Senate, warned President Barack Obama if he tried to go around Congress and take executive action on immigration he will get "burned."

"I've made clear to the President if he acts unilaterally on his own outside of his authority he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving forward in this Congress. It's as simple as that," Boehner said.

In his first news conference on Capitol Hill since House Republicans picked up at roughly a dozen seats in Tuesday's midterm elections, the Speaker flashed a combative tone.

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money lead

November 6th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Is Taylor Swift music industry's savior?

(CNN) – In just one week, Taylor Swift sold 1.2 million copies of her album "1989," making it the first of the year to go platinum.

The fact that it is November only illustrates just how tough it is these days for an artist to move that kind of volume.

And it's not just what Swift did, but the way she did it that's got the music industry so smitten with the pop sweetheart.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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Obama sends secret letter to Iran, asking for support against ISIS

world lead

November 6th, 2014
05:16 PM ET

Obama sends secret letter to Iran, asking for support against ISIS

Washington (CNN) – President Obama sent a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader last month expressing the two countries' shared interest in beating ISIS, according to two sources briefed on the correspondence.

The letter, sent in October to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, conveyed that there is a shared interest in combating ISIS, but said resolving the talks regarding Iran's nuclear program was a main impediment to greater cooperation, the sources told CNN. One source added it was "the major" impediment. The Wall Street Journal first reported about the letter on Thursday.

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