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world lead

September 19th, 2014
06:48 PM ET

Fmr. CIA director: Obama shouldn't have taken ground troops off the table

(CNN) – Did you see the trailer-style propaganda video that ISIS released a few days ago, which looked like something out of Hollywood director Michael Bay's worst nightmares?

Turns out it really was a trailer, for a full-length 55-minute video released Friday. Terrorists have really stepped up their production value since the days of Osama bin Laden, emceeing on a microphone in a cave.

And now the nation's No. 1 spy is explaining what the U.S. initially got so wrong about terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL.

"What we didn't do was predict the will to fight. That's always a problem. We didn't do it in Vietnam ... n this case, we underestimated ISIL and overestimated the fighting capability of the Iraqi Army ... I didn't see the collapse of the Iraqi security force in the north coming. I didn't see that," The Washington Post quotes director of National Intelligence James Clapper saying.

Former CIA Director, now chairman of the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, James Woolsey joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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money lead

September 18th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Oracle founder steps down as CEO

(CNN) – Three days after CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" reported that unpatched security holes in software from tech giant Oracle could have exposed sensitive information on tens of thousands of people, CNN has learned that Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO, the position he's held since 1977.

But he's not leaving the company altogether. Ellison will hang on as the executive chairman of Oracle's board and chief technology officer.

Forbes lists Ellison as the fifth-richest man in the world.

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world lead

September 15th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Why the U.K. won't release the name of ISIS killer

(CNN) – The masked killer in the video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines appears to be the same man in the murder videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

In all three, he makes vile threats to the camera with a British accent.

Now, British officials tell CNN that Prime Minister David Cameron has been told this man's identity, but they are not releasing his name.

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world lead

September 3rd, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Is the U.S. goal to destroy, or contain ISIS?

(CNN) – President Obama Wednesday said the U.S. objective is to "degrade and destroy" the militant group ISIS. But less than 20 minutes later, he talked of making ISIS a "manageable problem."

Those appear to be two different scenarios.

Does the U.S. have as its objective the destruction of ISIS? Or the containment of ISIS?

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to explain.

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national lead

August 20th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Church 'safe haven' organizers in town near Ferguson claim police harassment

(CNN) – There are no announced plans for President Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri.

But now, 11 days after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street, a member of the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder, is in Ferguson meeting with the FBI, community leaders, students, and law enforcement.

Holder met with highway patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is tasked with coordinating authorities, after police were accused of heavy-handed tactics.

"You are the man," Holder told Johnson, hugging him.

The attorney general is walking into the middle of an enormously tense situation. Just today, CNN was at a church next door to Ferguson in Dellwood, where the highway patrol confirmed St. Louis County police officers came to a school.

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