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The Lead with Jake Tapper


CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.

CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.


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CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.






The U.S. death toll in the last 10 days more than most nations during the entire pandemic; WH fights back against GOP criticism of Trump’s executive actions; Duke study tests effectiveness of 14 different masks; How Pentagon officials “fooled” Trump into

Report: 97,000 children infected in last 2 weeks of July; Surge in positive child cases as school open doors across U.S.; GA school in viral photo temporarily closes after 9 test positive; GA lawmaker sets up whistleblower email for people to report issues in schools; Texas positivity rate hits record high at 20%; Reports: top college conferences weigh canceling football season; Experts: “no way” Moderna vaccine will be ready by Nov election; Report: U.S. among worst performing countries...


160K U.S. deaths, with at least 130K more projected this year; Intel Officials: Russia, China & Iran trying to interfere election; No deal between WH, Dems on new economic relief bill; Bill Gates: Climate crisis will inflict similar loss of life, economic

New data shows 64% of cases are ages 25-64; Hospitals prepare as 250K expected in SD for motorcycle rally; COVID-19 testing declining in at least 29 states; Intel Officials: Russia spreading false info about Biden while China & Iran are attempting to damage Trump; Trump seizes on Biden’s comments on black and Latino diversity; Biden seeks to clarify comment that Latinos are diverse “unlike the African American community”; U.S. adds 1.8M jobs in July, unemployment falls to 10.2%; Cuomo: All...


New model: U.S. death toll could reach nearly 300,000 by December; Ohio governor speaks after positive COVID-19 test; Some Senators leave town with no relief deal for struggling Americans; What’s driving Biden’s running mate decision;

Trump falsely says kids are “almost immune” to COVID-19; Trump claims virus will “go away”, Fauci says it won’t ever disappear; Trump claims Biden, a devout catholic, wants to “hurt god”; FDA commissioner denies political pressure over COVID-19 vaccine; Trump “optimistic” a vaccine would be ready by election while White House medical experts predict early 2021; WH, Dems “trillion of dollars” apart on stimulus deal; Another 1.2 million Americans file for unemployment benefits; Grocery store...


Fauci: state of testing in the U.S. “unacceptable, period”; Partisan fight over stimulus bill leaves millions of Americans in limbo, struggling; Georgia 2nd grader tests positive after first day of school

N.I.H. announces two new trials for antibody treatments; Without proof, Trump claims mail-in voting would be a “disaster,” then moments later, endorses Arizona mail-in voting; Families struggle to pay bills without $600 unemployment boost; Several people in Mississippi school district test positive after return to class; 100+ kids quarantined; Nurse saves her newborns at hospital near blast site; Lebanese officials: 2000+ tons of ammonium nitrate caused blast; Def Sec: most believe Beirut...


Trump on COVID-19 death toll: “It is what it is”; Health Minister: At least 50 dead, 2,750+ injured in Beirut blast; Trump: Virus “under control as much as you can control it”; Sources: WH, top Dems nowhere near deal on stimulus bill;

Dr. Fauci: New community spread outbreaks are “insidious”; Trump defends holding Tulsa rally by touting TV ratings; Trump falsely claims virus “under control” as death toll climbs; Study: Need comprehensive testing & tracing to reopen schools; “It is what it is”: Trump responds to 156,000+ Americans dying of virus; Trump makes false claims about U.S. testing, death rates; National Sec adviser at WH after recovering from COVID; Lebanese Red Cross makes urgent call for blood donations;...


W.H.O.: there may never be a pandemic “silver bullet”; Trump attacks Birx after she said virus is “widespread” in U.S.; New report examines “how the pandemic defeated America”; Trump: U.S. will soon see great treatments & vaccine;

Dr. Birx: U.S. has entered “new phase” of the pandemic; W.H.O.: COVID impact to be felt for “decades to come”; In Georgia county, 250 school employees not working after testing positive or being exposed to COVID-19; Study: some show signs of immunity without exposure to virus; Pelosi doubles down on lack of confidence in Birx; Trump still pushing hydroxychloroquine, contradicting WH officials; WH now requires staff to take random COVID tests; Trump promised new heath care plan two weeks ago,...


U.S. tops 4.5 million cases; nearly 153,000 deaths from COVID-19; Trump in Florida as coronavirus deaths hit new record & hurricane moves in; Postal Service: “We’re not slowing down election mail”; CDC: 260 kids and staff infected at Georgia camp;

CDC Dir: 5 steps give “same bang for buck” as shutting economy; Fauci: Safe & effective vaccine by end of 2020 real possibility; Fauci: Virus got worse because U.S. unevenly shut down; Fauci: “Avoid crowds of any type no matter where you are”; Testing Czar: U.S. can’t guarantee test results in 48-72 hours; CDC forecast projects more than 173,000 U.S. deaths by Aug 22; Extra federal unemployment benefits expire tonight while White House & Pelosi trade jabs; Congress adjourns without stimulus...


Trump falsely claims mail-in voting will create widespread fraud; Obama condemns Trump’s efforts to discourage mail-in voting; U.S. plunges into recession, worst economic drop on record; Pentagon Task Force to release new report on UFO encounters; Florida

Congress deadlocked on new economic stimulus; Trump floats delaying election despite no authority to do so; Trump Campaign: Pres simply raising question of election security; Fauci warns virus resurgence is moving into Midwestern states; FDA could grant emergency use for vaccine in weeks after proven effective; Former CEO and presidential candidate Herman Cain dies from virus; Phillies cancel all stadium activities after 2 staff test positive; New study raises questions about young children...


U.S. surpasses 150,000 deaths from COVID-19; GOP Rep. Gohmert tests positive for coronavirus, was supposed to fly with Trump to Texas today; Trump had at least seven calls with Putin since intel on Russian bounty plot appeared in his daily briefing; New p

U.S. hits deadliest day of the summer from coronavirus; Second Republican set to meet with Trump today tests positive; Trump targets suburban voters with repeal of housing rule; Trump admits he never discussed Iran bounties on U.S. troops with Putin; Trump had at least seven calls with Putin since intel on Russian bounty plot appeared in his daily briefing; Trump plans to pull 12k troops from Germany, dozens of Republicans say move will encourage Russian aggression; Survey: nearly 50% of...


Biden addresses systemic racism in economic speech; AG Barr spars with Dem lawmakers in contentious hearing; Fauci, Birx concerned about virus spikes in OH, IN, TN & KY; Trump promotes reckless claims on coronavirus, renews attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci;

Biden slams Trump: A change of “tone” over a few days doesn’t change the facts of last four years; Biden: I will choose a running mate the first week in August; AG Barr: Calls to defund police “grossly irresponsible”; Barr to Dems: Can you point to one Trump enemy I’ve indicted?; Barr: No reason to think 2020 election will be rigged; Nadler: AG Barr “aided and abetted” worst failings of Trump; Republicans defend AG Barr, accuse Dems of playing politics; AG Barr claims he has been trying to...


Trump in hotspot North Carolina as polls show more Americans disapprove of how he’s handling virus; First phase 3 clinical trial of vaccine in U.S. starts today; Miami Beach mayor: DeSanctis “unprepared” on contact tracing, blames governor for “unconstrai

Pres Trump’s national security advisor tests positive, WH: Trump not at risk; WH testing czar says U.S. not where it need to be; Trump won’t say if alleged bounties on troops came up in Putin call; 7-day average for new case at lowest level in 10 days; COVID-19 deaths on the rise in at least 29 states; Moderna begins first phase 3 clinical trial of vaccine in U.S., 30,000 adults expected to participate; MLB season lasts just 4 days before new cases force cancellations; Hurricane slams Texas...


Fauci: all options must be on the table in fighting virus; Amid sinking polls, Trump tries to rewrite virus response; Ohio coronavirus hospitalizations hit record high; Washington among 25 states seeing a rise in cases;

US daily death toll topped 1,000 for third straight day; Hospitalizations hitting levels not seen since April peak; Birx: surge in U.S. “very serious” like we’re seeing 3 New Yorks; CDC pushes for schools to reopen in new guidance; Critics claim the agency is being politicized; Birx and Fauci: unclear how severely young kids spread COVID-19; Average new case counts down or flat in at least half of U.S.; Birx: Florida, Arizona, Texas & California plateauing; CA reports highest number of...


U.S. hits four million coronavirus cases; Portland mayor tear-gassed as calls mount for Trump to withdraw agents; Temporary eviction ban expires tomorrow, final week of extra $600 federal payments; One-on-one with A-Rod as baseball returns during the pand

Ex-FDA commissioner: U.S. could see 300,000 deaths; U.S. positivity rate rises as infections continue to spike; MLB returns tonight with no fans, handshakes or high-fives; U.S. timeline: Cases jump from 3 to 4 million in just 15 days, after taking 99 days to reach first million; Trump brags about passing test meant to detect early memory loss; Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV: What is Trump talking about?; Trump tweets warning about Biden to “suburban housewives”; White House says Trump and...


Death toll Tuesday topped 1,000 for first time in two weeks; U.S. signs $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer for vaccine; Dem mayors to Trump admin: no federal forces in our cities; Republicans split on plans for new stimulus package

HHS Secy commits to free or affordable vaccines for all; 53 Florida ICU's at capacity despite Gov. downplaying surge; NFL to require fans to wear face coverings at games; Trump admits virus will get worse, finally endorses masks; Republicans split on plans for new stimulus package; WH counselor Kellyanne Conway says briefings are back because some states reopened "a little too quickly"; Cruz on GOP's coronavirus relief plan: "I'm a hell no"; Republicans split on plans for new stimulus...


One-on-one with Dr. Anthony Fauci; U.S. coronavirus cases top 3.8 million, nearly 141,000 dead; Senate GOP battling WH, not Democrats, over new stimulus plan; Florida, Texas lead nation in daily coronavirus deaths; Trump to hold briefing, unclear if task

Dr. Fauci on not attending today’s briefing with Trump; Dr. Fauci: As a whole, we need to improve testing; Dr. Fauci: I consider myself a realist rather than an alarmist; Dr. Fauci: I would not wait to see if one vaccine is better than another; Dr. Fauci: We should try “as best as we can” to get children back to school; 3 million more infections and 86K deaths since President Trump last held a coronavirus briefing; CDC number of Americans who’ve had COVID-19 could be 6 to 24 times more than...


Three vaccine trials show early promising results; Trump downplays virus threat, reappears claim it will “disappear”; Florida reporting more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases; Los Angeles County breaks daily record for hospitalizations;

Still no new national strategy as U.S. nears 141,000 deaths; Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask, calls it “patriotic”; Death toll up week over week in at least 20 states; WV governor: multiple outbreaks linked to seven churches; MO gov on schools: infected kids will “go home” & “get over it”; Source: white house objecting to more funding for CDC and for states to increase testing, contact tracing; Trump says he’ll bring back briefings as his approval ratings falls; Miami to begin...


U.S. shatters daily case record: 77K recorded in one day; Pentagon effectively bans confederate flags on military property; GA Gov sues Atlanta mayor over city’s mask mandate; U.S., U.K. & Canada accuse Russia of hacking vaccine research; Video raise ques

AZ Doctor: People are fainting in line waiting for tests; CA Gov: Most counties shouldn’t have in-person school this fall; Moments ago: FL Gov says he won’t close gyms, says a healthy lifestyle will lead to lower coronavirus risk; Fauci: “Default” position should be to get kids back to school; Study: other coronaviruses may provide some immunity to COVID-19; Kellyanne Conway says Trump should resume daily briefings; Unpublished WH Task Force report shows 18 states in virus “Red Zone” should...


COVID-19 deaths on the rise in at least 15 states; Florida sets new one-day death record from COVID19; Fauci & Trump spoke Wednesday, first time in more than a month; Savannah Mayor: GA Gov “does not give a damn about us”; 1.3 million more Americans file

Only two states seeing a decline in coronavirus cases; One month ago, Pence said “panic” over second wave “overblown”; Georgia governor bans all local mask mandates; Cases increase in 39 states, 9 states flat; only 2 declining; U.S. travel bans came too late for NYC according to CDC; Texas hotel being turned into hospital for non-coronavirus patients; Gov Cuomo tightens enforcement for NYC bars, restaurants; WH: “Science should not stand in the way” of schools reopening, citing study showing...


Fauci says WH efforts to undermine him were "bizarre"; CDC estimates 20m cases in the U.S., when only 2m were diagnosed; Is it safe to send your kids to school in the fall?; Mary Trump: the president paid someone to take the SAT for him

Trump backs away from attacking Dr. Fauci after advisor pens op-ed saying Fauci is wrong about Covid; Hospital data will now be sent to Trump admin instead of CDC; Alabama becomes the 36th state to require masks in public; Miami-Dade testing positivity rate at more than 30%; Walmart mandates masks at all stores starting next week; CA reports 2nd highest one-day increase in cases & deaths; New poll shows Biden widening lead on Trump, as Trump's job approval drops to 36%; CDC estimates 20m...


Florida hits single day death record from COVID-19; Utah man dies in line waiting for coronavirus test; Trump’s coronavirus approval rating hits all-time low; Trump: More white people are killed by police than black people;

Trump in April: Cases going down, we hope to be under 100K deaths; 37 states increasing rates; 7 states flat; 6 states declining; More than 20 states pausing or suspending reopenings; Cuomo: U.S. will be “talking about” what NY did for “decades”; CDC Dir: Southern explosion in cases not because of re-opening; Adm. Giroir: U.S. “not there yet” but light at the end of this tunnel; Sen. Graham defends Fauci, says trying to undermine him “is not going to be productive”; Infectious disease...