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

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national lead

December 5th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Rolling Stone backs off UVA rape story

(CNN)Rolling Stone magazine is apologizing for its jaw-dropping report about campus rape at the University of Virginia, a report that prompted the school's president to temporarily suspend all fraternity activity, and triggered police investigations.

The story profiled a student, Jackie, who detailed a horrific account of being gang raped at a UVA frat house.

Media critics questioned the story, and just hours ago the magazine released a statement saying: "... In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced."
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national lead

December 2nd, 2014
06:50 PM ET

Inside the Ferguson White House meeting

(CNN) – President Obama held meetings on the Ferguson fallout Monday, where he weighed in on many controversial subjects including racial profiling and pushing for police to wear body cameras.

Some advocates had a list of demands, including requiring independent investigations into future police shootings, and defunding police departments that use excessive force or racially profile. What did Obama say to those demands?

Ferguson commission member Brittany Packnett, who created an online campaign called 'Don't Shoot,' was one of the select few invited to meet with the President. She shares more of what happened behind those closed doors in the video above.

national lead

December 2nd, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Should community relations be considered before charging Michael Brown's stepfather?

(CNN) – Video of Michael Brown's stepfather telling Ferguson protesters to "burn this bitch down" could play a major role in the decision whether to charge him with inciting riots.

But what else must police consider when deciding whether or not Louis Head, Brown's stepfather, will be charged?

Business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association and Missouri state representative Jeff Roorda weighs in.

politics lead

December 1st, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Heated roundtable debate: Where are we post-Ferguson?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama cleared his schedule to hold closed door meetings to tackle Ferguson tensions, as countless protests flared up around the country.

There are deep seated issues at work, and it is going to take much more than protests and a few meetings to bring solutions.

Our roundtable with Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates, CNN senior political commentator Jay Carney, and The Weekly Standard's William Kristol have a heated debate in the video above.

national lead

November 18th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Snow buries cars, houses in whiteout conditions

A rare event happened today as all 50 states, including Hawaii, had at least one spot at or below the freezing mark. CNN's Martin Savidge reports from the storm's epicenter in Buffalo, New York.

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