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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.

politics lead

December 30th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

House Speaker, Louisiana Democrat back embattled Rep. Scalise

Washington (CNN) - House Republican leadership is standing by Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3-ranking House Republican, in the wake of a firestorm of criticism surrounding his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.

Scalise's position as House majority whip has been thrown into doubt by the revelation, and the congressman had been calling members to gauge the level of support he had from his party, according to a senior House Republican source.

But House Speaker John Boehner, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, said Scalise has his "full confidence" as whip.


politics lead

December 29th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

House leader 'likely' spoke to white supremacist group in 2002

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3-ranking House Republican, isn't denying a Louisiana blog's allegation that he spoke at a white supremacist forum in 2002.

According to an agenda for the event and notes attendees posted afterward, Scalise appeared at the National/International EURO Workshop on Civil Rights - a forum hosted by a white nationalist organization founded by David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.


national lead

September 29th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Police: Arrest in Graham disappearance yields break in another case

(CNN) - The arrest of Jesse Matthew - the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham - has resulted in a "significant break" in the 2009 death of another young woman in the same area, police said.


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money lead

August 29th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Google reveals secret drone delivery system

(CNN) - Google is the latest company to branch out into delivery by drone, the company revealed Thursday. The technology giant started running its first test flights earlier this month as part of Project Wing, a secretive, 2-year-old program exploring drone delivery.

CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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