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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.






President Biden, Vice President Harris now inside White House; Biden signs executive orders on pandemic, climate, race, economy; VP Harris swears in new Senators, including Georgia Democrats

Vice President Kamala Harris arrives at the White House To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


President trump leaves office in disgrace, nation divided; Day one: Biden to sign roughly 12 executive orders; Experts fear the Capitol attack may be just the beginning of a surge of violence from right-wing extremists; US nears grim milestone of 400,000

Sources: Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons; Trump planning major send-off as he snubs Biden inauguration; National Guard members in DC vetted amid fears of insider attack; Newly obtained video shows insurrection inside U.S. Capitol; FBI investigating tip that rioter stole laptop from Pelosi’s office, possibly planned to sell it to Russia; Sources; no background checks needed for inaugural guests of members of congress; Insurrectionists say they were following Trump’s call to action;...


Biden announces five-point plan to speed-up Covid vaccinations; Looming inaugural threats lead to militarized lockdown in DC; DOJ investigating growing number of law enforcement officers who allegedly took part in Capitol riot; U.S. reports deadliest two

Biden urges vaccinating all Americans 65 and older to speed effort; Biden vows better communication with states about vaccine allocation; Biden on Covid: Things will get worse before they get better; Policy changes will take time; Biden: “You have my word, we will manage the hell out of this operation”; Despite promise from Trump Admin, U.S. has no reserve of second vaccine doses; Biden: People 65 & older, essential workers need vaccines first; Biden: “Optimistic” about getting funding from...


Trump impeached again, facing Senate trial with six days left; National Guard troops fortify D.C. ahead of Biden inauguration; U.S. reports 40K Covid deaths in 2021, CDC estimates 90K more deaths in three weeks; Days before inauguration, Biden tries to sh

Sources: Trump irritated, in “self-pity” mode after second impeachment; Senate impeachment trial to begin after inauguration; GOP Source: McConnell telling colleagues he is genuinely undecided about convicting Trump; Senate GOP torn over convicting Trump “There’s no love lost”; Second impeachment trial threatens to derail Biden’s agenda; Official: Public not allowed on National mall for inauguration; Defense Officials: Natl. Guard, law enforcement expect pipe bombs & Molotov cocktails around...


President Trump impeached for second time

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Trump warns against impeachment as GOP, Dems agree he needs to be held accountable for inciting riot; DC Atty General looking at charging Trump, others for inciting violence; FBI warns of armed protests in DC, all 50 state capitols; CEO’s respond to insur

Trump takes no responsibility for inciting deadly riot despite telling crowd to “take back our country”; Trump claims speech ahead of attack where he told supporters to “fight like hell” was “totally appropriate”; 4,000+ armed pro-Trump extremists plotting to surround Capitol ahead of inauguration, lawmaker briefed says; House Dems express safety concerns about GOP colleagues: “We don’t know how involved they really were” in attack; U.S. Atty: Looking at significant sedition, conspiracy...


Trump starts last full week in office facing likely impeachment; Law enforcement braces for potentially more extremist violence in DC and all 50 states before inauguration; Bien: “I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside”; 100,000+ Americans hospitalized

House democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump; House formally introduces article of impeachment against Trump; Sources: Trump tells allies he isn’t to blame for capitol riots; GOP Sen Blunt: Trump “touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again”; Sources: WH counsel Cipollone and former AG Bill Barr warn president Trump against pardoning himself; Sources: Republicans considering vote to censure Trump; Trump would be first president to be impeached twice; Law...


Biden: “Good thing” Trump is not attending inauguration, but Pence is welcome; Article of Impeachment accusing Trump of “incitement of insurrection” could be presented to House Monday; Man seen in viral pic at Pelosi’s desk in FBI custody; WH Task Force w

CNN obtains draft of Article of Impeachment against Trump, accuses him of inciting insurrection; Hours after White House statement on murdered Capitol officer, flag at WH remains at full staff; Biden: Trump is an embarrassment, one of the most incompetent presidents ever; Biden: Trump impeachment is up to Congress; Pelosi says she received assurances safeguards are in place if Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon; WV state legislator, who filmed himself storming Capitol, faces criminal...


Four dead after Trump incites riot at U.S. Capitol; Pelosi: Congress may impeach if 25th amendment not invoked; Trump’s former Chief of Staff John Kelly on the Capitol attack; Biden nominates judge Merrick Garland as attorney general; Inside look at what

Pelosi, Schumer, Kinzinger call for removal of Trump using 25th amendment; Trump claims there will be “orderly transition” after he incites mov to storm U.S. Capitol; Sources: Some cabinet members in early talks about invoking 25th amendment; Fmr Trump Chief of Staff Kelly: “Horrified” by assault on U.S. Capitol; Fmr Trump Chief of Staff Kelly: What happened at the Capitol is a result of “letting Trump be Trump; Pelosi calls for resignation of U.S. Capitol Police Chief; Capitol Police Chief:...


Insurrection in Washington following Trump encouragement; Biden speaking about U.S. Capitol mob violence; CNN projects Ossoff wins, Democrats gain control of Senate; Trump tells rioters to go home while repeating election lies

Biden to Trump: “step up”; VA Gov. dispatches state police to U.S. Capitol; Woman treated for gunshot wounds on Capitol grounds; DC mayor ordering 6pm curfew To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Frustrated GA election official debunks list of Trump’s false claims; GOP lawmakers planning to challenge election results on Wednesday; Group of frontline workers now first in U.S. to get both doses of Pfizer vaccine; FDA to consider giving half doses of

Trump demands GA officials “find” votes to overturn his loss; Trump pressures GA officials in desperate attempt to cling to power: “I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”; All 10 living former defense secretaries declare election is over, no role for military, warn against involving military in election disputes; Schiff: GOP effort to undermine election a “real low point”; house Dems demand FBI criminal investigation into Trump’s Georgia call; Chris Christie on Trump’s call with Georgia...


Trump returns to WH ahead of GOP plan to challenge Biden win; Record number of U.S. Covid deaths for second day; CDC: Rapid antigen tests far less accurate than PCR tests; U.S. Defense Officials split on potential for Iranian attack; Crowdless Times Squar

2 House Republicans tell CNN they expect at least 140 House Republicans to vote against counting electoral votes; Source: McConnell calls out Hawley over plan to challenge Biden; Georgia Sen. Perdue to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19; GOP Sen Sasse: GOP putting “personal ambitions” above democracy by joining Trump’s election protest; WSJ Editorial Board: Trump’s electoral college challenge is “embarrassing” and “doomed to fail”; Health Official: One person in L.A. county dying of Covid...


GOP Sen. Hawley to object to Electoral College results during joint session; U.S. vaccine rollout behind schedule with 1 day left in 2020; Gov. Newsom: mutant Covid-19 strain found in southern California; Newly-elected congressman Luke Letlow dies of Covi

GOP Sen. Hawley to force vote on election results, setting up scenario GOP leaders hoped to avoid; U.S. hits new single-day high for deaths and hospitalizations; Gov. Newsom: mutant Covid-19 strain found in southern California; Sen. Toomey: “makes no sense” to send stimulus checks to “everyone who has a pulse”; FL Gov. DeSantis went against CDC recommendations, prioritized seniors over front line health workers and first responders; Seniors looking for Covid-19 vaccine turned away from FL...


Biden: I will use Defense Production Act to boost vaccine effort; Fauci on vaccine distribution: We’re “below where we want to be”; ICU capacity in Southern California hospitals down to 0%; Feeding America warns 50M people could face food insecurity; CO G

Biden aims to give 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office; Biden: Things are going to get worse before they get better; Biden: Vaccine distribution will be greatest operational challenge we’ve faced as a nation; Trump demands Republicans vote in favor of $2k stimulus checks unless they “have a death wish”; McConnell promises vote tomorrow on defense funding bill; Senate Dems demand a vote on $2,000 checks; GOP lawmakers under fire for getting vaccinated after downplaying...


Biden: Trump administration’s behavior during transition is “nothing short of irresponsibility”; Officials: bomber killed in explosion, motive still unknown; TSA: 1.3 million people passed through airports Sunday; Novavax vaccine staring phase 3 clinical

Biden: transition team “encountered roadblocks” from Trump admin; VP-elect Harris, husband to get COVID vaccine tomorrow; Trump backs down, signs COVID relief bill and avoids shutdown; Trump golfs as pandemic worsens and congress feuds over stimulus checks; Trump’s delay could prevent Americans from getting aid this week; House expected to vote today on $2000 stimulus checks; Soon, house could override Trump veto of defense bill; GOP election challenges could cause chaos in congress next...


Trump unleashes chaos on his way out the door; December on track to be the deadliest month of the pandemic; House GOP votes against raising stimulus checks to $2,000; Health care workers spend holidays on the front lines;

CNN: Trump has told people Pence isn’t fighting hard enough for him; Dingell: Trump “doesn’t give a damn” about people needing relief; Trump throws nation into turmoil: Pardons allies, upends relief for Americans, vetoes defense bill; New pandemic air travel record with nearly 1.2M flyers Wednesday; U.S. heads into Christmas with 1M+ vaccinated; IHME Model: 567,000+ Covid deaths by April, up from last week; Growing gap between vaccinations delivered vs. administered; Trump sends Congress...


Trump vetoes massive defense bill despite bipartisan support; Officials: second new Covid strain is “more transmissible”; Massacre survivors slam Trump’s pardons for Blackwater guards; Biden says he hasn’t been briefed on suspected Russian hack

Trump unleashes chaos with veto, pardons, stimulus deal objection; Trump does not take reporter questions on his way to Florida after vetoing defense spending bill; Warp Speed using Defense Production Act to get supplies necessary to expand vaccine production; Iraqi foreign minister: Trump’s Blackwater pardons did not consider seriousness of the crimes committed; Arizona rancher: border wall won’t make America more secure; Biden’s plans to stop construction on border wall may be costly and...


Biden: “I’m gonna tell it to you straight” on COVID crisis; Fauci gets Moderna vaccine on tv as vote of confidence; Anxiety at pentagon over Trump’s unpredictable next move; First Latino senator to represent California as Gov. Newsom picks Alex Padilla to

Biden: recent cyberattack is “grave risk”, no evidence situation is under control; Biden: Trump’s failure on Russia “will land on my doorstep”; Biden: $900B COVID bill on a “down payment” on what’s needed; Biden: Congress must , there will be no “honeymoon”; WH officials: “it’s scary,” “no one is sure where this is heading”; Televangelist Pat Robertson: Trump is erratic, in an “alternate reality” and should “move on”; Fauci: it’s possible new COVID strain is already in U.S.; Pfizer, Moderna...


First doses of Moderna’s vaccine administered today; Pres-elect Biden, incoming first lady get first vaccine doses; AG Barr rebukes Trump claim: we don’t need a special counsel to look into voter fraud; Russian spy duped into revealing details of plot to

TSA pandemic record: 1M+ travelers for 3 days in a row; New virus variant in U.K. may be 70% more transmissible; Dozens of nations shut down travel to U.K. due to new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant; Fauci: not recommending U.K. travel shut down right now; Biden’s surgeon general pick: most Americans won’t get vaccine until mid-summer or fall; Giroir says it will take until January to vaccinate 20 million people; First Moderna vaccine given at Long Island, NY hospitals; Nurse becomes...


VP, Karen Pence, Surgeon General, Pelosi, McConnell vaccinated; COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record for 12th straight day; Govt runs out of money at midnight as stimulus talks drag on; Trump tweets about "Russian hoax" as VP Pence got Covid vaccine; Dona

California nears breaking point as COVID-19 surges; LA Mayor: ICU bed availability at 0% in Southern California; CDC reports highest-ever number of drug overdoses in a year; Michigan governor eases restrictions as COVID-19 numbers improve; Dr. Gupta on being vaccinated live on CNN; Pres-elect Biden and incoming first lady to get vaccine Monday; Pentagon cancels transition meetings with Biden team to prioritize possible govt. shutdown; Biden marks 48th anniversary of death of wife, child; Key...