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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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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.

    Trump: “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots”; Biden to Trump: Americans are “tired of your lies about this virus”; Infectious disease doc warns “darkest” weeks of pandemic ahead; Exploring the possible paths to victory for

    Trump: “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots”; Biden to Trump: Americans are “tired of your lies about this virus”; Infectious disease doc warns “darkest” weeks of pandemic ahead; Exploring the possible paths to victory for

    Trump repeats attack on Fauci as COVID cases surge in U.S.; Trump calls Fauci a “disaster,” says people are tired of COVID during campaign call; Fauci says people at highest risk of COVID should take vaccine first; CNN: task force frustrated with Trump’s science-denying Dr. Atlas;

    Biden responds to Trump’s attacks on Fauci, says all Trump has done is “cower and wallow in self-pity”; Trump on campaign calls says he will win, though “I wouldn’t have said that three weeks ago”; With big war chest, Biden advertising on NFL games; Biden campaign warns supporters race is neck and neck;

    Trump: Fauci is a “disaster” who has been around for “500 years”; CA to review any FDA-approved vaccine before it’s distributed; 27 states report surge in COVID-19 cases; New Mexico reports 101% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations; Research shows many nursing home residents with COVID are asymptomatic;

    Trump predicts victory, but what are his paths to getting there?; GOP’s Cornyn tries to distance himself from Trump as he faces tight re-election battle in Texas; How four years of Trump has reshaped the GOP;

    Tight senate race in Iowa as Joni Ernst fists for re-election; Debate question on farming trips up Iowa senator Joni Ernst who touts growing up on a farm; President Trump looms over Iowa senate race; Democratic party hopes to pick up senate seat in Iowa;

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    Trump claims he will be “ending” pandemic “soon” as U.S. surpasses 8 million confirmed cases; Biden details plan to expand access to Affordable Health Care; More than 20 million ballots cast before election day; Trump to hold rally in Wisconsin

    Trump claims he will be “ending” pandemic “soon” as U.S. surpasses 8 million confirmed cases; Biden details plan to expand access to Affordable Health Care; More than 20 million ballots cast before election day; Trump to hold rally in Wisconsin

    Biden: Americans don’t panic, Donald Trump panicked; Trump refuses to denounce QAnon conspiracy theories; Biden slams Trump’s tolerance of right-wing extremists; Biden hits Trump’s coronavirus response; Trump lies about masks, claims U.S. “rounding the corner” on virus; Trump still won’t say if he got a COVID test on debate day; Biden: Trump knew and lied about COVID; Biden says losing the election could mean he was a “lousy candidate”; Young voter asks Biden: “Besides ‘you ain’t black’ what do you have to say to young, black voters?”; Sources: Former Chief of Staff John Kelly tells friends Trump is “most flawed person I have ever met”; WI official worries Trump rally will be super spreader event; Trump to campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin Saturday where Biden holds significant lead in polls; Polls: Biden could build “blue wall” in Midwest states Trump won in 2016; Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania; How mail-in ballots could impact election night results;

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    Trump claims U.S. is doing “fine” with coronavirus; Nearly 60,000 new cases & 985 deaths reported Wed.; Fauci calls push for herd immunity “nonsense”; French President says curfew could be extended until December; Trump & Biden in separate town

    Trump claims U.S. is doing “fine” with coronavirus; Nearly 60,000 new cases & 985 deaths reported Wed.; Fauci calls push for herd immunity “nonsense”; French President says curfew could be extended until December; Trump & Biden in separate town

    Trump falsely says 85% of people wearing masks catch coronavirus; Trump falsely claims Dr. Fauci, who has served under 6 presidents, is a Democrat; Trump: I’m not tested every day “but I’m tested a lot”; Trump: “Not doing any more lockdowns” if cases spike; Sen. Harris off trail after two recent contacts test positive; Sen Harris & husband tested negative for virus today; 35 states report rise in new cases, seven states report record high hospitalizations; Beverly Hills bans trick-or-treating, cites COVID risks; Europe engulfed by a second wave of COVID, accounts for one-third of new cases worldwide;  France declares a state of emergency, imposes curfews; President Macron says “the virus is everywhere”; Member of company that charters Biden’s plane tests positive; Campaign says Biden wasn’t in close contact; Trump in trouble as FL senior vote shifts towards Biden; Trump losing support among FL seniors over Admin’s botched pandemic response; Fauci on thanksgiving: “We have to really be careful this time”; GOP Sen. Sasse: Trump “kisses dictators’ butts,” has “flirted with white supremacists”; Hearings end with bipartisan maskless hug;

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    First Lady tweets Barron Trump tested positive, but since has tested negative; No state trending in the right direction with Covid cases; CNN: Feds chased suspected foreign link to Trump’s campaign cash for three years; Sen. Kamala Harris questions Tr

    First Lady tweets Barron Trump tested positive, but since has tested negative; No state trending in the right direction with Covid cases; CNN: Feds chased suspected foreign link to Trump’s campaign cash for three years; Sen. Kamala Harris questions Tr

    NIH directors: the president is “not infectious for anyone else”; Trump to suburban women: “will you please like me?”; Trump to hold rally in Iowa as state reports 100k+ virus cases; Wisconsin opens field hospital as Covid cases surge; W.H.O.: most Covid transmission happening in households; No state trending in the right direction with Covid cases; Poll: African Americans more reluctant to try a Covid vaccine; Mystery probe of Trump campaign cash revealed; WaPo: Justice Dept. will not charge Obama officials after GOP complained about “unmasking” requests; Trump retweets false conspiracy theory promoted by Qanon about Bin Laden raid

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    Cases, hospitalizations up with 21 days until election; Trump mocks COVID as cases rise across U.S.; Barrett won’t say if she would recuse from Obamacare decision; Biden campaigns in Florida one day after Trump; 8-hour wait times reported at Georgia e

    Cases, hospitalizations up with 21 days until election; Trump mocks COVID as cases rise across U.S.; Barrett won’t say if she would recuse from Obamacare decision; Biden campaigns in Florida one day after Trump; 8-hour wait times reported at Georgia e

    Trump’s Supreme Court pick faces Senators’ questions; Trump plans aggressive rally schedule to reset campaign; Trump at Florida rally: “I’ll just give you a big fat kiss”; Trump again attacks Fauci as he hosts another rally tonight; WH: Trump “having a blast”, will do multiple rallies a day; Several states seeing spikes in cases, hospitalizations; Doctor says Trump tested negative on consecutive days; NY implements new restrictions as COVID clusters emerge; COVID cases as U.S. nears 8 million infections; U.S. averaging around 700 COVID deaths per day; 33 states report spikes in COVID cases; 16 states see highest 7-day average of COVID cases; Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness; Fans allowed back in stadium for MLB championship games; Eli Lilly pauses COVID antibody trial over safety concerns; Biden: I’m not a fan of court-packing, says the ideal should not be an election issue; Barrett: “No one ever talked about any case with me” before nomination; Biden: Barack Obama will be out on the trail soon; Campaign official: Trump to visit PA more than any other state; Beto O’Rourke teams up with Oprah, Willie Nelson, Bernie Sanders and others to call nearly 3 million Texas voters; Romney: I’m troubled by “vile” tone in U.S. politics; Georgia reports record turnout on first day of early voting; Despite what the President says, your vote will be counted; Mayor of Tennessee city that hosts Bonnaroo dies from COVID;

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    • 42 min
    Trump returns to campaign trail for first time since COVID diagnosis; No social distancing, few masks at site of Trump’s first rally; Team Biden to spend final weeks of race in states Trump won in 2016; First day of hearings for judge Amy Coney Barret

    Trump returns to campaign trail for first time since COVID diagnosis; No social distancing, few masks at site of Trump’s first rally; Team Biden to spend final weeks of race in states Trump won in 2016; First day of hearings for judge Amy Coney Barret

    Trump physician won’t say if president has tested negative yet; Trump begins four straight nights of rallies after being infected with coronavirus; President Trump falsely says he’s “immune” and virus will “disappear”; Meadows refuses to wear mask to talk to reporters after having been around president Trump; Fauci: Trump campaign ad took my comments out of context; Fauci asks Trump campaign to take down ad featuring him; Fauci says it would be “terrible,” “outrageous” & could “backfire” if Trump campaign made more ads featuring him; Fauci says campaign rallies are “asking for trouble”;

    31 states report an increase in new cases compared to last week; Early data: schools don’t appear to be major spreaders of COVID-19; Fauci: when schools have a plan & are prepared, it can work; Study: U.S. saw 20% more deaths than expected from March to August;

    Team Biden to spend final weeks of race in states Trump won in 2016: Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Texas; Biden makes economic pitch at drive-in rally in Ohio; Trump says polls look “very good” despite trailing in many states; Biden up big in polls, but Dems fear a possible 2016 repeat;

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett to face questions tomorrow; Senate Dems argue Barrett will eliminate Obamacare; Republicans say Dem attacks on Barrett are about her faith; Hearings spotlight Trump push to eliminate Obamacare;

    Technical problems at “supersite” for Georgia’s first day of early voting; Investigation launched into unofficial drop boxes for mail-in ballots in California; Nearly 8 million ballots cast so far before election day; Pennsylvania judge rejects lawsuit from RNC and Trump campaign over drop boxes; Judge limits drop boxes in Texas to one per county;

    Remembering 53-year-old COVID victim Edward Konaha;

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