The Lead with Jake Tapper

CNN

CNN's lead DC anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this two-hour long weekday afternoon program, with headlines from around the country and the world, the top stories in national and international news, politics, health, money, the environment, sports and popular culture. The Lead also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages—buried leads—to the forefront.

Location:

Washington, DC

Description:

CNN's lead DC anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this two-hour long weekday afternoon program, with headlines from around the country and the world, the top stories in national and international news, politics, health, money, the environment, sports and popular culture. The Lead also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages—buried leads—to the forefront.

Twitter:

@theleadcnn

Language:

English


Episodes

Blinken postpones Beijing trip as spy balloon flies over U.S.

2/3/2023
A diplomatic rift is emerging between China and the U.S. over a balloon flying over the United States. The Pentagon says they know this a Chinese surveillance balloon while China says it is a civilian airship. Plus, the discovery of pro-Nazi teachings to kids in Ohio is sparking a debate over what parents can teach their children at home under the auspices of education. Also, ChatGPT is growing faster than TikTok or Instagram, bound to revolutionize how we operate. To learn more about how...

Duration:01:18:32

House votes to remove Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

2/2/2023
Republicans vote to kick Congresswoman Ilhan Omar off of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, blaming previous comments that Omar made about Israel. Plus, Sen. Dan Sullivan of the Armed Services Committee joins to answer if he agrees with Zelensky that Russia’s renewed offensive is beginning and answers how the U.S. plans to counter China. Plus, a young New Jersey politician was shot to death just steps from her own home. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...

Duration:01:18:14

Funeral services held for Tyre Nichols in Memphis

2/1/2023
As prosecutors look at possible charges over discrepancies in the police report, funeral services are held in Memphis for Tyre Nichols after his fatal arrest. This as city officials announce more videos will be released in relation to Nichols’ case. Also, according to sources, former Governor of South Carolina and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is expected to launch a presidential bid this month. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...

Duration:00:41:01

Israeli PM Netanyahu forms hard-right government for sixth term

1/31/2023
Amid concerns that recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians could spiral into chaos, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins to discuss his plans to address the violence and respond to criticisms about his newly formed right-wing government. Plus, formal criminal charges have been filed in the shooting on the set of the film “Rust.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:18:30

Sixth officer relieved of duty after Tyre Nichols’ death

1/30/2023
A sixth officer in the Tyre Nichols case has been received of duty. We examine this officer’s role in the death of Tyre Nichols and what his body camera shows. Plus, new calls for calm in the Middle East as America’s top diplomat visits the region amid an outbreak of violence in Israel and Palestine. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:39:18

Memphis officials to release Tyre Nichols arrest video tonight

1/27/2023
Tyre Nichols’ mother calls for justice ahead of the release of the video which is being described as horrific and even sickening. This hour, what the public can expect and what the Nichols’ parents call the most telling part. Plus, a consequential vote for RNC chair is setting the tone for the future of the Republican Party. Also, at least 7 people have been killed in shooting at a Jerusalem synagogue. Israeli officials have described the event as a terrorist attack. To learn more about how...

Duration:00:39:25

Five ex-officers charged with murder in Tyre Nichols’ death

1/26/2023
Tyre Nichols is the latest high-profile case of police brutality to result in murder charges. Five former officers have now been indicted. The victim’s family says he was beaten like a human piñata. Also, the first witness has been called to testify in the murder trial for Alex Murdaugh who is accused of killing his wife and son. Plus, democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is running in what’s shaping up to be a contested Senate race. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...

Duration:00:43:42

Update for January 25, 2023

1/25/2023
There is no new episode of The Lead showcast. If you haven’t already, please check out CNN’s other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:00:17

Mike Pence the latest found to possess classified docs

1/24/2023
A lawyer for Mike Pence found approximately a dozen classified documents at the former VP's Indiana home, according to CNN sources. Will the DOJ have to appoint yet another special counsel to investigate? Plus: California suffers three mass shootings in as many days. The latest is a case of workplace violence. And: Sources tell CNN the US is now ready to send its Abrams tanks to Ukraine as Germany also softens its opposition. What changed? To learn more about how CNN protects listener...

Duration:00:39:07

11 killed in shooting rampage during lunar new year celebrations

1/23/2023
36 mass shootings already in 2023 in the United States and we are not even a full month into the year. 11 victims are now dead in the latest update from the hospital from the massacre in Monterey Park, California. Plus, a high ranking FBI official is now in federal custody and is facing money laundering charges as well as questions about his connections to a sanctioned Russian billionaire. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:18:01

U.S. and Germany in standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

1/20/2023
The U.S. tries to push Germany to give some Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine while holding back the American-made Abrams model. Plus, a new investigation has opened in New Mexico into a Republican candidate’s campaign possibly being laced with money from fentanyl sales just days after the candidate's arrest in which he was accused of plotting to shoot the homes of his democratic rivals. Also, Erin Brockovich joins to discuss taking on cases of water contamination at a Marine Corps bases. To learn...

Duration:01:18:06

U.S. hits its debt ceiling, triggering risk of default

1/19/2023
The fight over the debt ceiling could cause a global economic crisis including higher mortgage and credit card payments, 401(k) declines, delayed payments for veterans, delayed Social Security, and more. Plus, actor Alec Baldwin is going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the tragic deadly shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Also, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is in Germany trying to get top officials in Germany to send talks to Ukraine. To learn more about...

Duration:01:18:22

Dutch PM: “safety of the whole West” is threatened if Russia wins

1/18/2023
A helicopter crashes outside of a kindergarten in the suburbs of Kyiv and a Ukrainian cabinet minister and a child are among the 14 killed. What caused this tragedy? Plus, Rep. Nancy Mace of the House Oversight Committee joins to discuss the differences in the classified documents investigations of Biden and his predecessor. As well, Rep. Mace answers why she believes the GOP approach to abortion is incautious. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:18:13

Ex-GOP candidate arrested over shootings at homes of Dems

1/17/2023
One city, four homes, each one shot at. Police say a candidate who lost his election in New Mexico tried to have his rival office holders killed. Plus, House Republicans are ready to investigate presidential son Hunter and presidential brothers James and Frank Biden for trying to use their access to the now president to make money. Also, Ukrainian troops arrive in Oklahoma for training on the Patriot missile defense system. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...

Duration:01:20:01

White House reveals five more pages of classified docs found

1/16/2023
Turns out the White House did not keep a visitors log for guests at President Biden’s private Wilmington home where five more pages of classified documents were found as the president’s personal lawyer tries to explain. Plus, Ukrainian officials say it was a Russian cruise missile designed to take out aircraft carriers that struck an apartment building killing at least 40 people. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:40:22

Classified documents discovery creates growing crisis for Biden

1/13/2023
The White House's refusal to answer questions is not going to stop the questions from mounting. Why did the Biden White House wait so long to acknowledge that classified documents have been found at Biden’s private office, home, and garage? Plus, a rising death toll after tornados sweep through Alabama and Georgia as search crews look for survivors amid the piles of debris. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:25:47

Special counsel appointed in Biden documents investigation

1/12/2023
Attorney General Merrick Garland has named former Trump U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to take over the investigation of classified documents found at Joe Biden’s home and private office. Plus, former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins to discuss Kevin McCarthy’s contentious fight to become speaker. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:22:11

9,000+ U.S. flights delayed due to FAA system outage

1/11/2023
The FAA is trying to get flights back on track after a pilot notification system failed causing thousands of flight delays. Plus, Attorney General Merrick Garland will weigh next steps over classified documents found at one of Biden’s offices as the Trump legal team sees benefit in the document revelation. Also, Iran orders harsher punishments to be issued to women who do not wear a hijab. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:25:07

House passes bill to roll back $80 billion in funding for IRS

1/10/2023
The House GOP passes a bill to roll back $80 billion in funding for the IRS. Rep. Mike Johnson of the Judiciary Committee joins to discuss this bill and an approved rules package for the 118th Congress. Plus, President Biden is at the podium in Mexico City only to be overshadowed by questions surrounding multiple classified documents found in his private office. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:25:48

McCarthy faces new battle for passing House rules package

1/9/2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy scrambles to ensure support for a new rules package. Plus, a college art professor says she lost her job for showing a 14th century painting of the Prophet Muhammad, renewing a debate over academic freedom. Also, President Biden is in Mexico City for the North American Leaders’ Summit where the issues of migration, drug trafficking, and border security will be front and center. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:01:24:22