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buried lead

December 31st, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Here's the history - and mystery - of drunkenness

(CNN) - Marijuana got all the headlines in 2014, but when it comes to Americans' favorite method of altering their state, booze remains on top.

Gallup reported earlier this year that 64% of U.S. adults say they "have occasion to use alcoholic beverages" and other studies suggest it increases significantly this evening. There will be tragic ramifications of course - and here's where we caution you to drink responsibly and take a cab home - but let us for now think of the glass as half full.

Think about that for a second: most of us will drink this New Year's Eve. Whether champagne, beer, wine or liquor, it's a process and tradition older than most of the world's religions. Even though it's often bad for us.

After all, as Frank Sinatra once said: "alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

money lead

December 31st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

How to avoid Uber price surge tonight

(CNN) - It might be the last thing you remember tonight: getting in your Uber.

The ride sharing app has been blamed for pretty much everything this year, except maybe the Sony hack. And still, despite all the bad press, tonight alone the company is expected to generate 100 million dollars in revenue. That's in large part, of course, because they jack up their prices at peak times during the biggest party night of the year. Last year one five mile ride in Pennsylvania cost $265.

But hey, you're going out on New Year's Eve, you're gonna overpay for everything else am I right?

Business Insider's Senior Editor Steve Kovach joins "The Lead" live to discuss.

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national lead

December 31st, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Live report: New Year's Eve in Times Square

(CNN) - As many as a million people will gather for the biggest party of them all in Times Square tonight.

CNN's Rosa Flores joins "The Lead" live from the middle it all in New York with a preview of the evening's festivities.

politics lead

December 31st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

New questions about Scalise speech

(CNN) - It seems there are more questions than answers surrounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, and whether or not he spoke to a white supremacist group back in 2002.

He apologized yesterday for appearing at the convention of the European American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by David Duke, the notorious former Klan leader and state lawmaker.

But Duke's former campaign manager told Slate.com that Scalise actually had been invited to talk to a local civic association gathering in the same location, saying quote: "He spoke early in the day to a contingent of people prior to the conference kicking off. He was not there as a guest speaker at the conference."

If that's true, then what did Scalise apologize for?

CNN's Athena Jones joins "The Lead" live with all the latest.

world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Panel: Has sonar found AirAsia wreckage?

(CNN) - Sea operations specialist Captain Tim Taylor, CNN aviation analyst Jeff Wise and CNN safety analyst David Soucie discuss the search progress for AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

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