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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.






New CDC no-mask guidance raises questions; Stefanik replaces Cheney as #3 in GOP house leadership; Dozens killed as violence escalates in Israel & Gaza;

New CDC guidelines under review in 16 states with mask mandates; Hawaii among 16 states to keep mask mandates for now; DHS: fully vaccinated federal employees no longer need to wear masks in federal buildings; Kroger, Home Depot, Starbucks among retailers keeping mask riles in place; Poll: 42% of republicans unwilling to get COVID vaccine; Talladega to offer laps on iconic track for those vaccinated on site tomorrow; 10 states lift mask mandates for vaccinated people after new CDC guidelines...


Biden: You can shake hands, give each other a hug if you're vaccinated; CDC: Vaccinated people don't need a mask inside or outside; Fauci gives first interview since new CDC mask guidance; Soon: House GOP meets to discuss Liz Cheney's replacement; U.N. wa

Biden after new CDC mask guidance: It's a good day for the country; CDC Dir. to Dr. Gupta: Science was clear to loosen mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans; TSA requiring masks on planes, trains & buses until Sept. 13; Source: McCarthy hoped Cheney would resign before vote; Cheney doesn't rule out a run for president against Trump; Cheney: Trump will "unravel the democracy to come back into power"; George P Bush: Cheney should be fighting Biden, not GOP; Ethnic clashes rock...


Cheney loses leadership job, pledges to fiercely fight Trump; Biden gives update on pandemic response; Dozens killed in worst Israeli-Palestinian violence since 2014

Acting defense secy didn’t speak with Trump on Jan. 6; Republicans vote to remove Rep. Cheney from GOP leadership; Rep. Cheney on potential challengers backed by Trump in 2022: “bring it on”; Biden: U.S. on track to get 60% of adults with one shot by next week; Biden speaks after CDC panel endorses Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 yr olds; Biden comments on gas shortage, long lines at pump; Biden: good news coming on pipeline attack; Tensions escalate between Israel & Palestinians on second day of...


Family of Andrew Brown Jr to see more body cam video of deadly shooting after previously shown 20 seconds; Dozens killed as violence between Israel, Hamas escalates; First 12-15 year olds receiving the Pfizer vaccine today;

Court order allows family to see more footage of Andrew Brown Jr. killing as community demands transparency; Judge’s order restricts Brown’s family to 18 minutes of nearly two hours of body cam footage that exists; Rockets exploding over Tel Aviv as Israel-Hamas conflict worsens; Palestinians claim 30 killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 children; Loud blasts, fires in Tel Aviv as Mideast violence explodes; Netanyahu: we are in the midst of a significant operation; Uber, Lyft offering...


FBI: “Darkside” gang from Russia to blame for pipeline cyberattack; CDC: majority of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose; Biden to host four crucial meetings this week on infrastructure; McCarthy to house GOP: “announce a vote” on Cheney W

Colonial Pipeline aims to restore service by week’s end, shutdown fuels fears of surge in gas prices; White House: Colonial Pipeline has not asked Biden admin for cyber support; White House won’t say if pipeline company paid ransom demand; Biden: no evidence Russian govt behind pipeline cyberattack; Fauci: it may be time to ease indoor mask mandates; Several states not ordering full vaccine shipments as demand drops; CNN analysis: nearly 80% of Americans live near a vaccine site; CDC: 46% of...


Biden admits there is a long way to go” in economic recovery; Pfizer applies for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine; In 2015 Stefanik harshly blasted Trump’s rhetoric and policies;

Biden: “we’re still digging out of an economic collapse”; April jobs report falls way short of economic forecasts; U.S. added 266,000 jobs in April, well below the 1M expected; Treasury secy. admits she expected a better jobs report; Republicans argue some people aren’t looking for work because there’re making more money from unemployment; Montana will end pandemic unemployment benefits, will offer $1,200 return to work bonus instead; CDC: 33% of U.S. fully vaccinated, pace of shots slows;...


Infectious Disease Expert: U.S. is turning the corner on Covid; Rep. Elise Stefanik pledges GOP party unity, while casting doubt on election integrity; Caitlyn Jenner Praises Trump, Bashes Biden as she ramps up run for CA Governor; Secy Blinken: U.S. will

Infectious Disease Expert: U.S. is turning the corner on Covid; U.S. Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Hit Lowest In Months; Moderna Head: Vaccine Boosters Likely Needed Every 9-12 Months; Broadway Tickets on sale again, cruises running trial voyages; Poll: Number of Republicans who have gotten, or will get vaccinated up 9% in recent months; Moderna Vaccine shows 96% efficacy in teens in early data; Trump Loyalty Over Policy; Doctors Fear Being Attacked; Rep. Elise Stefanik pledges GOP party...


Drastic decline in number of daily vaccinations in U.S.; Biden says GOP is going through a “sort of mini-revolution”; Ukraine caught in the middle of U.S. political battles

NFL gives vaccinated fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets; CDC director warns of a possible winter Covid surge; Former president still banned on Facebook; Facebook oversight board keeps ban on Trump’s account, forces Zuckerberg to review decision within six months; Trump, House GOP leaders back Stefanik’s efforts to replace Cheney; McConnell says he’s “100%” focused on stopping Biden admin, Harris says “we are sincere” about working in bipartisan manner; Texas bills could empower partisan...


Biden’s new goal: 70% of adults with at least one shot by July 4; McCarthy on hot mic, “I’ve had it with” Liz Cheney; CNN gains rare access to Ukrainian guard boat in sea of Azov; 24 killed, dozens hurt when overpass collapses under train

FDA expected to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15; Senior house republican” “Liz is gone just a question of how & when”; Sources: It’s over for Cheney in leadership house GOP vote expected on May 12th; House GOP Rep whop supported Cheney: She’s “In real trouble”; Russia launches missile in “Navel exercise,” intimidating Ukraine; Secy Blinken to visit Kiev tomorrow as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise; Sources: Classified briefing turned contentious when CIA tried to update Senators on...


Cheney calls out Trump’s attempt to push big lie conspiracy; U.S. begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border; India experiencing the world’s worst COVID outbreak; Emotional funeral for Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina;

Romney booed while speaking at Utah’s GOP convention; Trump: nice to see “stone cold loser” Mitt Romney booed; Rep. Cheney’s future with GOP unclear as criticism mounts for speaking out against Trump & the big lie; Cheney: spreading the big lie is poisoning our democratic system; Source: McCarthy “furious” at Cheney for Trump criticism; Trump issues new statement attacking “big-shot warmonger” Liz Cheney; Four families separated at border under Trump to be reunited this week; Border...


White House restricts travel from India; NYT: Firing of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine becomes central focus of federal into Giuliani; 100 million Americans now fully vaccinated

VP Harris: We have a responsibility to the people of India; Biden admin expected to restricts travel from India starting May 4; One hundred million Americans now fully vaccinated; Moderna to seek FDA vaccine authorization for children ages 12-15; Giuliani denies wrongdoing after FBI raids home & office; TSA extends mask requirement until September 13; Disneyland reopens for California residents; CNN Poll: 70% in GOP think Biden didn’t win the election; Florida passes bill that adds new...


President hits the road to sell ambitious economic plans; New CNN Poll: Sharp divisions on vaccines, return to public life; Bipartisan police reform group pledges to meet ‘until we get this done’; Rudy Giuliani speaks for first time since raid

President faces bipartisan pushback over new economic plans; Manchin joins GOP in raising concerns about cost of plans; Biden’s infrastructure, families plans would cost nearly $4T; Biden’s first 100 days show biggest market gains since JFK; Fed Chair: Economy will fully recover when the pandemic is over; New CNN Poll: 44% of Republicans VS. 8% of Democrats will not try to get a vaccine; New CNN Poll: 26% of Americans won’t try to get vaccinated; George Floyd, Eric Garner family members meet...


Federal agents execute search warrant at Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment & office; Biden to unveil new $1.8T American Families Plan tonight; How gun violence turned into a public health emergency

Raid at Giuliani’s apartment & office as Feds advance criminal investigation into his lobbying activity in Ukraine; Only limited amount of lawmakers, no guests allowed in House chamber during Biden’s speech due to pandemic; Judge denies public release of Andrew Brown Jr. body cam video; Capitol tightens security for Biden’s joint address tonight; Senators work towards bipartisan solution for police reform bill To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Brand new CNN Polls on policing in America; Biden admin shifts mask guidance, touts benefits for fully vaccinated Americans; Alaskan lawmaker banned for refusing to wear mask; White House working out details of possible Biden-Putin summit;

New CNN poll: 77% of Americans satisfied with Chauvin verdict; Majority of Americans agree some changes need to be made to policing; 53% of Americans expect real changes in the way minorities are treated in American society; Both parties express cautious optimism on police reform bill; Biden: vaccinated Americans no longer need a mask outdoors if not in large crowd; CDC: vaccinated people can attend small outdoor gatherings, dine outside without a mask; Source: Biden will wear a mask to...


Attorneys: family only shown “snippet” of video from police shooting; Sources: Biden to announce new mask guidance tomorrow; Biden administration touts COVID accomplishments, vaccine rollout;

Family attorney calls fatal shooting by deputies an “execution”; Death certificate in Elizabeth City, NC shows Andrew Brown Jr. died of gunshot would to head, shot by others; Elizabeth City, NC prepares for protest tonight as Andrew Brown’s family views body cam video of fatal police shooting; AG Garland announces DOJ investigation into police practices in Louisville, KY; “Qualified immunity” in policing bill sparks debate over when police can be charged or face lawsuits; Democrats to pass...


J&J admits link between its vaccine, blood clots is “Plausible”; WH: Biden will travel to U.K. & Brussels in first foreign trip as president; CDC advisers recommend continued use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in U.S. for people 18+

CDC panel debating whether J&J vaccine is safe for Americans or if it should no longer be administrated; CDC now recommends pregnant women get cover vaccine; Federal prosecutors examine whether Gaetz took gifts, including travel and paid escorts for political favors; Speaker Pelosi’s retirement, “complicated” relationship with “The squad” & tumultuous exchanges with Trump; Source: Due to cover protocol, only 200 lawmakers can attend Biden’s address to congress, no guests allowed; Recent...


Recent police shootings reignite debate over use of force; President sets ambitious goal to cut U.S. carbon emissions 50% by 2030; Experts: U.S. at “tipping point,” with vaccine supply to outpace demand;

Daunte Wright’s aunt: why do we have to keep burying our babies?; Ben Crump: too often “traffic stops end up as deadly sentences”; Funeral for Daunte Wright held in Minneapolis; Two more cities on edge after deadly police shootings; In reversal from Trump-era, Biden vows to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030; White House kicks off Earth day with virtual climate summit hosting leaders from 40 nations including China & Russia; Pres. Biden: the science on climate is undeniable, the cost of...


DOJ opens investigation into Minneapolis policing practices after Chauvin convicted for Floyd murder; America’s progress & struggles with racism since Floyd’s murder; New report: U.S. to reach “tipping point” on vaccine demand soon; Taliban threaten to ki

Chauvin in restricted housing unit in prison for safety; Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison; Ohio police officer shoots, kills teen girl who appears to lunge at someone with a knife; New poll: 43% of Republicans say they will avoid the vaccine; Biden: Congress needs to pass policing act in honor of Floyd; Senate to vote on anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week; UNICEF: surge of migrant children entering Mexico has increased by nine times over three months; Afghan who worked for...


Jurors reach verdict in murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin

Jurors reach verdict in murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


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...