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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.






FedEx shooting is 45th mass shooting in U.S. last month; Unsettling week after use of force questioned in Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright & George Floyd deaths; Scientific American: We’re making so many masks a year they could cover the entire area of Switzerl

Eight killed, several injured in America’s latest mass shooting; Sources: FBI previously investigated FedEx suspect after family member reported potential for violence; FBI: “Premature to speculate” on FedEx shooter’s motive; ER doctor on how “gun violence affects literally all of us”; Officials give update on FedEx mass shooting investigation; Police identify suspected FedEx shooter as former employee; WH plans to release $1.7 billion to fight Covid variants; CDC advisers meeting again next...


President Biden hits Russian with dozens of new sanctions; Chauvin invokes 5th amendment right, chooses not to testify; Pfizer CEO: Third vaccine dose likely needed within 6 to 12 months; IG Report: Capitol police ordered to hold back on riot response;

No action on Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers, despite Biden criticizing Trump for lack of response; U.S. confirms Paul Manafort associate gave internal Trump polling data to Russia; Closing arguments start Monday after defense rests; Pulmonology expert: “No, I do not believe” Floyd’s carbon monoxide levels could have been as high as defense proposed; Judge denies prosecution request to introduce evidence that Floyd’s blood showed normal carbon monoxide levels; Juror will be sequestered...


Biden to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11; Any moment: CDC vaccine advisers to vote; could update recommendations for use of J&J vaccine; Ex-Officer who shot and killed Wright booked in jail, faces second-degree manslaughter charge; D

President Biden: It is time to end America's longest war; Biden visits Arlington national cemetery, says troop withdrawal was not a difficult decision to make; Biden: I will not pass the Afghanistan war to a fifth president; Official: Biden thinks a conditions-based withdrawal is "a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever"; Biden: We can't keep waiting to create "ideal conditions" for withdrawal; White House: Biden admin "very engaged" with congress on George Floyd justice policing act;...


Police Chief, officer who shot & killed Daunte Wright both resign; Defense plays video of George Floyd’s 2019 arrest; FDA: Expect Johnson & Johnson pause to last “a matter of days”; One-on-one with former GOP House Speaker; Jon Stewart pushes bill to help

Paramedic testifies George Floyd ingested drugs when confronted by police during 2019 arrest; Prosecution cross-examines defense’s use-of-force expert; CDC, FDA recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; WH says there is “plenty” of supply to keep up vaccine pace despite Johnson & Johnson pause; Boehner rips GOP leaders, says Republican party is unrecognizable; Biden to announce withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 9/11; Boehner unloads on GOP’s “crazy caucus,” calls some members...


Multiple deadly police encounters amid Derek Chauvin trial; George Floyd’s brother testifies in Chauvin trial; U.S. averaging more than three million vaccine shots per day;

Police chief releases body cam video, says he believes officer accidentally discharged gun instead of taser; Three officers shot during police car chase in Georgia; One suspect dead, another in custody following GA police chase; Army lieutenant files lawsuit alleging excessive force by two officers; Police: multiple gunshot victims including a police officer in shooting at high school in Knoxville, TN; Phil Floyd remembers his brother, George: “he just knew how to make people feel better”;...


Tenth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin trial; Medical examiner: George Floyd’s death was a homicide; Pfizer asks FDA to authorize vaccine for children ages 12-15; House Ethics Committee opens probe into Gaetz;

Medical examiner: I believe heart disease, drugs played role in death; Fauci “not surprised” by small number of fully vaccinated Americans dying from Covid; GOP Congressman calls on Rep. Matt Gaetz to resign; Gaetz to speak at women’s summit today amid sex trafficking probe; 42-year-old volunteer firefighter dies of coronavirus; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Pulmonology expert: Floyd died “from a low level of oxygen”; Biden to Congress on guns: “Enough prayers, time for some action”; Myanmar protesters beg for justice & democracy; Fauci warns young people are spreading virus; CDC: Children’s sports likely spr

Medical expert: Being handcuffed, having knee on neck, knee on back all contributed to fatally low oxygen; Fentanyl would have reduced George Floyd’s respiratory rate, but his rate was “normal”; Medical examiner still expected to testify; Found Floyd’s drug use, health conditions were “significant” conditions; Medical expert refutes defense argument that medical conditions, drug use responsible for Floyd’s death; Most jurors appear to be engaged & taking notes during pulmonary expert’s...


Day eight of Chauvin trial testimony focuses on use of force; U.K. variant now most dominant strain in U.S.; Trump denies GOP Rep. Gaetz asked him for a pardon; Biden argues definition of infrastructure is evolving

Unclear what George Floyd said about drugs while detained by police; EU mises first key vaccination target for elderly and health care workers; Biden moves up vaccine deadline, all adults eligible by April 19; Sources: Rep. Gaetz sough preemptive pardon during end of Trump presidency, but request never seriously considered; Mississippi Secy of State decries “woke” students and “uninformed” people being “forced” to vote; “Huddle” illuminates the power of women coming together; One-on-one with...


Seventh day of testimony in Derek Chauvin trial; Biden moves up deadline: All U.S. adults eligible for Covid vaccine by April 19 instead of May 1; CDC: Variant first seen in U.K. now detected in all 50 U.S. states; HRC: Anti-transgender sports bills propo

Police Lieutenant: Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck would not be an authorized use of force; Use-of-force instructor who trained Chauvin testifies; Police Lt: Chauvin did not use a proper neck restraint but may have followed other police training; Floyd family prays outside of Minneapolis courtroom; Use-of-force instructor: “We don’t train” officers to use their legs in neck restraints; Biden appeals to seniors: It’s time to get vaccinated “now”; Biden praises Sen. McConnell for encouraging...


Sixth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin trial; U.S. vaccinating nearly five times faster than global average; Tensions between GOP & GA-based businesses over voting law;

Chief: Chauvin did not use reasonable force with George Floyd; Chief: Chauvin “absolutely” violated neck restraint policy; MN Rep. Omar: Chauvin trial has “been really traumatizing”; Expert: U.S. at beginning of forth wave of infections; U.S. administers 4M+ shots in one day for first time; Nearly 40,000 children have lost a parent to COVID-19; One-on-one with GA Secy of State on new voting law; GA GOP tries to strip Delta of tax credit after CEO blasted voting law; 500+ dead, thousands...


Breaking News: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded, attacker dead at U.S. Capitol; CNN & Amnesty International investigate shocking video of executions by Ethiopian soldiers;

Officer William Evans killed in Capitol attack; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


New video shows medics trying to revive George Floyd; Paramedic: I thought George Floyd was dead when I arrived; Parents of marine vet held in Russia turn to Biden admin for help;

Paramedic: Even from a distance I could tell George Floyd was unresponsive, not breathing; Floyd’s girlfriend: We both struggled with opioid addiction; Floyd’s girlfriend: His neck injury led to his opioid use; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Eyewitness in tears rewatching video of Floyd incident; Pfizer: vaccine 100% effective in children aged 12-15; President Biden unveils $2T infrastructure proposal

Worker testifies about getting alleged fake bill from Floyd; Pfizer: vaccine 100% effective in children aged 12-15; CDC: Covid-19 was third leading cause of death last year To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Five witnesses who saw Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck testify; Second day of testimony in Derek Chauvin trial;

Witness: I stay up at night apologizing to George Floyd; Witnesses to Floyd’s death: “It wasn’t right. He was suffering”; Witness: No violence from bystanders, only from officers; Witness who recorded video of Floyd’s final moments testifies; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


First witnesses testify in trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin; This week: Biden to unveil multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plan; COVID cases up in 27 states, national average jumps by 16%;

Trial begins for Ex-officer charged in George Floyd’s death; Prosecution, defense offer competing causes of death for Floyd; Prosecutors show video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck; Defense: Chauvin “did exactly what he had been trained to do”; First witness is 911 dispatcher who watched Floyd’s death on live video & called police sgt over use of force concerns; Prosecutor: “it’s a homicide. You can believe your eyes.”; Biden: 90% of U.S. adults will be eligible for vaccine by April 19;...


Biden: Georgia voting law a “blatant attack on the constitution”; 45 states have seen bills aimed at rolling back voting access; Fauci: Redfield saying COVID-19 escaped from China lab just “an opinion”; Funerals begin next week for the 10 victims of Bould

Biden suggests Justice Dept look into GA voting law; Georgia law restricts voting, Fox sued for $1.6 billion as Trump whitewashes MAGA mob; Kemp defends GA voting law: “It wasn’t a voting rights bill, it was an election security bill”; Black Georgia legislator arrested for knocking on door during governor’s bill signing; “Covid War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out” airs Sunday at 9pm; Fauci agrees COVID-19 was likely spreading in China “a month or more” earlier than reported; Fmr CDC Director...


Biden drilled with questions on migrant children, voting rights, North Korea launching missiles, gun control; 14% of Americans are fully vaccinated; Biden sets new goal of 200 million vaccines in first 100 days; Biden agrees filibuster is relief of Jim Cr

Biden: “I make no apology” for ending policy on “separating children from their mothers”; Biden: GOP measures to restrict voting are “unamerican… it’s sick”; Biden: Republican party must decide whether to work together or “divide the country”; Biden blames many border issues on Trump administration; Biden: “Going to be hard” to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May first deadline; Biden: “I can’t picture” U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan for another year; Biden: If North Korea...


Supermarket attack renews debate over background checks; Messages show Oath Keepers leader planning for violence, says Trump called them to the Capitol; WH allows cameras into immigration facility, different from facility that sparked outrage; Massive eff

Toomey, Manchin may revive bipartisan background checks bill; New video shows attack on slain officer during Jan. 6 riot; Admissions have dropped for ages 65+ with more vaccinations; Osage Nation health care workers hit the road to put Covid shots in the arms of their community; March 24 symbolizes how far into 2021 women must work to earn same pay as men from all of 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


All 10 victims, suspect in boulder shooting identified; Biden calls on Congress to ban some semi-automatic weapons, close loopholes on background checks; GOP Sen. Kennedy compares gun violence to drunk driving; New video shows conditions inside Texas migr

Witness live streams as shots ring out, bodies on floor; Biden: Gun control shouldn’t be partisan, “we have to act”; 3 crises in America all in focus today: Boulder massacre, border emergency and big lie; Police: Supermarket shooter’s motive still unclear; Officer, who was father of 7, among 10 killed in Boulder rampage; Witness: Grocery store workers kept others from danger; Arrest warrant: Shooting suspect armed with two guns and tactical vest; Obama: It’s long past time for those with...


Biden admin facing surge of unaccompanied children at border; AstraZeneca: vaccine 79% effective against COVID symptoms, 100% effective against severe cases; Fmr prosecutor: sedition charges likely against some rioters;

Number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing U.S.-Mexico border continues to rise; New images show conditions for kids inside border facility; DHS secy: Border “closed but still accepting unaccompanied children; DHS chief won’t give timeline for facilities capable of handling surge of accompanied children; Biden says he’ll visit border “at some point”; Biden officials travel to Mexico amid surge of unaccompanied minors crossing border; 4,900 unaccompanied migrant children in federal...