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

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November 12th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

Why Jon Stewart took on directing 'Rosewater'

For more of our interview with director and comedian Jon Stewart, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Hollywood's current preference for big superhero flicks and reliable franchises with multiple sequels, left comedian Jon Stewart scrambling to find someone willing to take on the story of a Canadian journalist imprisoned in Iran, accused of working with various spy agencies.

"We tried to get it off the ground as a film and had trouble finding people that would do it for the money we were offering, which was free. We were saying, do this for free. So, I ended up doing it," Stewart said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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November 11th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

An exclusive visit to a prison's dorm for veterans

(CNN) - While most veterans come back to lead healthy, productive lives, some do not. Some end up on the fringes of society, or worse. And while we do not want to stigmatize veterans as a whole by discussing this small group who slip between the cracks, we also do not want to ignore their plight.

So on this veterans day, CNN's Jake Tapper visits a special veterans barracks at a state prison with an exclusive look at a new program designed to help them reclaim their lives when they get out.

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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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November 5th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Red wave sweeps Republicans into Congress, governor mansions

(CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell was all smiles Wednesday, celebrating the grand old thumpin' Republicans delivered to Democrats last night.

Some voters were angry, others frustrated by what they perceived as incompetence from the Obama administration. So they gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Republicans in convincing fashion, putting McConnell in position to be the next Senate majority leader.

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October 30th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

2016 attacks begin early

(CNN) – The high stakes midterm elections are just five days away, and the 2016 race for White House will begin just hours after next Tuesday's ballots are cast.

Or has it already started?

Just in the past few hours it seems some possible hopefuls can't contain themselves, unable to hold off any longer.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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