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The Lead with Jake Tapper

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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.

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.

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@theleadcnn

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English


Episodes

Biden: Jobs report proves relief bill is urgently needed; GOP delaying vote on $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill; NY State passes bill to repeal Cuomo’s executive powers on Covid; Georgia Republicans pushing bills to roll back voter access; WH Covid officia

3/5/2021
Senate at standstill as Dems try to win over Manchin on change to unemployment benefits; WH: $15 minimum wage is a priority for President Biden; GOP Sen: We have “a hundred” amendments “in the hopper”; With 50-50 split, Senate Dems have no room for error in passing relief; NYT & WSJ: Cuomo aides altered data to lower Covid nursing home deaths by nearly half; Cuomo accuser to CBS: He’s a “textbook abuser”; Cuomo accuser recounts thinking the governor was grooming her, trying to have sex with...

Duration:00:40:09

One-on-one with Dr. Anthony Fauci; Investigators looking at communications between U.S. lawmakers & Capitol rioters; Senate opens debate on Covid bill, after VP Harris breaks tie; Small businesses have mixed feelings about TX lifting mask order; Biden tur

3/4/2021
Fauci: “Inexplicable” for states to lift restrictions; TX Gov defends decision to lift mask mandate: still suggesting masks, just not requiring them; Dr. Fauci: Texas decision to end restrictions is “ill advised”; CDC Dir: People should wear masks even if state doesn’t mandate it; Study: A person with UK variant can infect 43% to 90% more people; Dr. Fauci: “You don’t want to pull back just now”; Poll: 28% of Republicans say they will “definitely not” get vaccine; Security on high alert...

Duration:00:40:11

FBI: Extremists plotting possible attack on Capitol tomorrow over Qanon conspiracy theory; CDC says next month or two is “pivotal,” warns it’s too soon for states to end restrictions; CNN exclusive: internal documents reveal packed facilities, more unacco

3/3/2021
DC National Guard chief says it took more than three hours to approve request to send troops to Capitol on Jan. 6th; McCaul agrees Secy of Army needs to testify to explain why National Guard wasn’t deployed sooner; Biden admin hits Russia after intel shows FSB responsible for poisoning Putin critic; Biden: “neanderthal thinking” by states to stop mask mandates; CDC: people should still wear masks even if states lift mandates; Pence uses big lie to argue against voting rights bill; GOP bill...

Duration:00:40:13

FBI Director calls Capitol attack “domestic terrorism”; Mississippi and Texas to lift mask mandates, fully reopen in defiance of dire CDC warnings “we aren’t out of the woods yet”; Biden gives update on Covid vaccine effort; Inside look as Chicago schools

3/2/2021
FBI Director rejects GOP conspiracy theories, says no proof antifa or fake Trump supporters involved in Capitol attack; Wray: Report warning of Jan 6th violence was sent to law enforcement agencies in 3 different ways; Biden: Merck will help J&J manufacture one-shot vaccine; Biden: We’re now on track to have enough vaccine for every adult by the end of May; Biden: Prioritizing efforts to vaccinate K-12 educators by the end of March; Schools plan reopenings across U.S. still far from Biden’s...

Duration:00:36:16

Third life-saving vaccine on its way to Americans as CDC director gives stark warning about cases & deaths; Trump hints at 2024 presidential run after his 2020 loss; Second Gov. Cuomo accuser: he “has refused to acknowledge or take responsibility” for his

3/1/2021
U.S. begins distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; First trucks carrying J&J vaccine arriving at UPS shipping facility this afternoon; CA lawmakers agree on plan to get kids back into classrooms; CDC director “deeply concerned” promising trajectory of pandemic could shift; CDC director: “we are not out of the woods yet”; WH: distribution of J&J vaccine “should be even” across communities; Donald Trump’s niece on the ex-president & his influence; Mary Trump says she thinks Donald Trump...

Duration:00:40:25

U.S. announces sanctions for Saudis involved in Khashoggi murder, except Crown Prince; Senate ruling: $15 minimum wage can’t be included in bill; WH faces backlash from Dems after Biden ordered Syria strikes without Congressional approval; CPAC’s conserva

2/26/2021
U.S. Intel Report: Saudi Crown Prince approved operation to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi; U.S. Intel Report: Saudi crown price viewed Khashoggi as a threat and supported using violence to silence him; U.S. publicly asserts Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi murder, but imposes no penalties to him; Tonight: House votes on Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill; Senate ruling on minimum wage hike provokes progressive anger; Several GOP lawmakers claim they can’t attend votes due to...

Duration:00:39:19

Lawmakers frustrated by lack of answers from top officials responsible for protecting Capitol; Trump planning political comeback, mulling presidential run; Biden marks 50M vaccines administered since he took office; New highly-contagious variants found in

2/25/2021
One year ago, Trump team said Covid & terrorism wouldn’t hit U.S.; Capitol Police Chief says emergency protocols weren’t followed, officers overwhelmed; Law enforcement officials continue to blame lack of intelligence for failing to prepare; New fractures emerge in GOP over Trump’s political future; Source: Trump’s CPAC speech will be his resurgence into politics; GOP Rep Greene attacks Dem colleague’s transgender child; Researchers: New variant in New York City & Northeast carries mutations...

Duration:00:39:25

U.S. closer to first single-dose vaccine after Johnson & Johnson version clears major FDA hurdle; Dem divide on Biden OMB nominee, push for $15 minimum wage; Sheriff: Woods’ survival from crash “nothing short of a miracle”; First interview with Biden’s Ve

2/24/2021
Promising signs in pandemic: vaccine progress, cases and hospitalizations down, deaths slow in new estimate; WH: 3-4 million doses of J&J vaccine to go out next week if FDA grants emergency use; Moderna testing vaccine boosters to combat South Africa variant; WH: J&J’s production problems were “disappointing,” drug maker to now deliver 100m doses by summer; FDA: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 85% effective against severe illness, meets requirements for emergency use; WH says it is “fighting”...

Duration:00:44:06

Sheriff: Tiger Woods in car crash, removed by “jaws of life”; Ex-Capitol Police Chief: “Criminals came prepared for war”; Officials say they didn’t see intelligence warning of attack; Biden’s nominees face tough questions in Senate hearings; Trump one yea

2/23/2021
Tiger Woods injured after car flipped in single-car crash; Golf Digest: Tiger Woods suffered multiple leg injuries, in surgery following accident; Sheriff: Tiger Woods’ vehicle crossed onto wrong side of road before crash; White House: States to now get 14.5M vaccine doses per week; Vaccine makers pledge to deliver 240 million doses by end of March, even more by summer; Johnson & Johnson vows to deliver 4M vaccine doses as soon as FDA grants emergency authorization; Drug makers consider...

Duration:00:29:16

U.S. passes 500,000 COVID-19 deaths; Biden’s AG pick Merrick Garland testifying on Capitol Hill; Supreme Court allows release of Trump tac returns to NY prosecutors;

2/22/2021
Garland: I will be a lawyer for the people, not the president; Garland chokes up as he speaks of immigrant family and his desire to pay back the U.S. by serving as Atty General; Garland: will pursue “ring leaders” involved in Capitol attack; Garland: have not discussed Hunter Biden case with president; Garland: I don’t see why Durham should not continue in role investigating origins of Trump-Russia probe; Sources: NY prosecutor expected to have access to Trump tax records within next few...

Duration:00:39:23

Biden visits Pfizer manufacturing site amid vaccine delays; Biden: “I believe we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year… but I can’t make that commitment to you”; Power grid operator urges Texans to conserve energy despite end to electricity e

2/19/2021
WH: Backlog of 6 million vaccine doses due to weather; Biden defends Covid aid plan, says “I’m open” to GOP’s suggestions on cutting costs responsibly; 5% of U.S. population fully vaccinated; Experts estimate 70-85% needed for herd immunity; Officials: Have to work “double time” to make up for vaccine delays; Biden says teachers should be a vaccine priority; CDC says it’s not a requirement for reopening schools; Texas hit by water, food shortages after days without power; Abilene, TX fire...

Duration:00:40:23

Millions of Texans still without the basics: Heat, water, power; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz jets to Cancun as Texans struggle to survive; Biden White House unveils sweeping immigration bill; CDC: U.S. life expectancy dropped a full year in first half of 2020; U.

2/18/2021
At least 42 deaths amid winter freeze expected to continue for days; Winter storms cripple fragile vaccine distribution; 400K without power, 13.5M facing water issues in Texas; Mayor: 40,000 without power in Houston, down from 1.3 million; CDC: Life expectancy for black Americans dropped a staggering 2.7 years in first half of 2020; Fauci: Could take until end of summer for all Americans to be vaccinated; CDC to invest $200 million in Covid genome sequencing; Pfizer gives first doses in...

Duration:00:40:07

Shifting messages from Biden admin on teacher vaccinations & reopening schools; More than 3m customers still without power in freezing Texas; Trump slams McConnell as a “dour, sullen, & unsmiling political hack” despite voting for acquittal; WH wants vacc

2/17/2021
Biden pushes back timeline, says vaccines widely available for public by end of July; Biden admin: early shipments of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine will be smaller than expected; Warren & Schumer push back on Biden after he shoots down cancelling $50k in student loan debts; Trump slams McConnell as a “dour, sullen, & unsmiling political hack” despite voting for acquittal; CDC: variants could lead to “rapid rise” in Covid-19 cases despite recent drop; Former Biden advisers want...

Duration:00:40:28

Biden leaving shortly for CNN Town Hall amid economic, Covid crises; Trump team: Giuliani is no longer representing Trump; 5M+ without power, most in Texas where temps are below freezing; Lawmaker sues Trump for conspiracy to incite Capitol riot; U.S. has

2/16/2021
Bipartisan group of govs asks Biden to improve vaccine rollout; WH weekly vaccine supply increasing to 13.5 million doses; Fauci: It will take until end of summer or early fall to vaccinate vast majority of Americans; CDC says schools should reopen, but new guidance advises most schools to stay closed right now; GOP Sen Johnson downplays Capitol attack: “This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me”; Toomey could face censure for voting to convict Trump; New Covid-19 cases sink to...

Duration:00:40:15

New cases, hospitalizations declining sharply in the U.S.; Pelosi announces 9/11-type investigation into deadly riot; Trump faces mounting legal trouble dispute impeachment acquittal; Cuomo denies he covered up COVID deaths in nursing homes;

2/15/2021
CDC says schools should reopen, but new guidance advises most schools to stay closed right now; CNN: 89% of U.S. kids live in “red zones” where CDC advises in-person classrooms can stay closed; CDC director: guidance for school reopening developed from the science and conversations with teachers; CDC director: not all schools can take the recommended steps to reopen right now; Researchers identify seven new virus strains in the U.S.; Newly released videos show extreme levels of coordination...

Duration:00:40:38

House impeachment managers present case to convict Trump

2/11/2021
Impeachment managers finish presenting case, Trump lawyers next; Impeachment managers wrap case after citing Trump’s words, tweets, lack of remorse, danger he still presents To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:56:29

House impeachment managers present case to convict Trump

2/10/2021
House impeachment managers present case to convict Trump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:01:51

Senate leaders lay out rules of Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial; CDC director: cases going down, but “keep your guard up”; WH: Biden will not spend much time, if any, watching trial; Biden promised his family would not have any conflict of interest with his

2/8/2021
Schumer, McConnell reach deal on Trump impeachment trail rules; Schumer: each side will get 16 hours over two days to present their arguments in Trump’s trial; Schumer: house managers requested senate hold votes on witnesses if needed; Trump legal team argues trial is unconstitutional, accuses democrats of pursuing “political theater”; Schumer: GOP searching for way to “oppose the conviction of Donald Trump without passing judgement on his conduct”; More transmissible U.K. variant spreading...

Duration:00:48:16

Vaccine doses given outnumbered new cases 10-to-1 this week in the U.S.; Biden: I don’t “have the conscience” to agree to smaller bill; GOP plots a path forward after votes expose fractures in party;

2/5/2021
Johnson & Johnson asks FDA for emergency use authorization of CVOVID-19 vaccine; CDC to give guidance on schools in coming week; CDC director says schools should re-open, WH says those remarks made in “personal capacity”; New study: convalescent plasma treatment, touted by Trump admin, may have fueled COVID mutation; Biden administration considering sending masks to all Americans; Biden: “can can’t do too much… but we can do too little”; WH “not going to sit here and wait” for GOP on COVID...

Duration:00:40:11

Dems ask Trump to testify under oath at impeachment trial; Soon: House vote over Rep. Greene’s committee assignments;Awaiting house vote over Rep Greene’s committee assignments; Rep. Greene on conspiracy comments: These were in the past, do not represent

2/4/2021
Dems ask Trump to testify under oath at impeachment trial; Soon: House vote over Rep. Greene’s committee assignments;Awaiting house vote over Rep Greene’s committee assignments; Rep. Greene on conspiracy comments: These were in the past, do not represent me; Rep. Greene attempts to rewrite history, doesn’t apologize for spreading conspiracy theories about 9/11, school shootings; Kevin Mccarthy pretends not to know what Qanon is despite denouncing conspiracy theory in August; Fmr Trump...

Duration:00:41:40