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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.

    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 co

    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 co

    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 “public health emergency;” They’re scheduled to be at CPAC; Soon: FDA cmte to vote on Johnson & Johnson vaccine, could be in arms as soon as next week if approved; U.S. carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militias; First military action of Biden presidency; Soon: Biden to speak as Texas recovers from power & water crisis; Biden visits emergency crews & volunteers in Texas after winter storm left millions without power, water; Trump plans to resurrect false claims in CPAC speech; GOP Presidential hopefuls overshadowed by Trump; McConnell would “absolutely” support Trump as 2024 nominee; CPAC spotlight on cancel culture, religious freedom, the big lie, and downplaying insurrection; Comedian Jon Stewart: U.S. has endless funds to wage war, but no funds for the consequences; Remembering 65-year-old Richard Garrett;

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    • 38 min
    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

    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

    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 that could evade immune response; 6.6% of U.S. population now fully vaccinated; Covid cases, hospitalizations & deaths all trending down; Does one small town have the recipe for returning to class?; Ohio school safely reopens with mask wearing, teacher vaccinations and just 3-foot social distancing; Superintendent to schools reluctant to reopen: Call me; NYC kids back in person today, OH starts Monday, CA still has no timeline; Tomorrow: House to vote on Biden’s $1.9T stimulus plan; Unclear if Covid bill will include $15 minimum wage; WH fighting for budget nominee Tanden but confirmation hangs by a thread; Trump’s tax returns turned over by NY District Attorney; Cuomo’s Fmr Secretary denies cover-up in nursing home deaths despite top Cuomo aide admitting data delay; NY Governor Cuomo denies sexual harassment allegations made by former aide; Recall effort: 1.8M unverified signatures collected to unseat Gov. after year of shutdowns, schools not open; Remembering 70-year-old Bertha Pretlow Brown;

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    • 38 min
    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 Bi

    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 Bi

    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” for Neera Tanden’s OMB nomination; Key hearings on OMB nominee Neera Tanden unexpectedly postponed, signaling White House may pull nomination;  Rep. McCarthy refuses to say if Trump should be probed by 9/11-style commission; GOP rep slams GOP Sen for pushing Capitol attack conspiracy theory; Trump ally investigations continue with Don Jr. deposed, Bannon financial records subpoenaed; Woods “aware, responsive & recovering” after extensive emergency surgery on right leg; Microwave attack victim: “I rather would’ve been shot”; CIA director Burns: extraordinarily high priority to get to the bottom of attacks; Biden’s V.A. Secy admits the department “faces great challenges”

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    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;

    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;

    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 vaccine boosters to help combat highly-contagious variants;

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    • 28 min
    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;

    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;

    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 days; Trump responds to Supreme Court ruling: court “never should have let this fishing expedition happen”; Trump’s tax records won’t be released publicly for now, subject to grand jury secrecy rules;

    Dr. Fauci: U.S. to make up for severe weather delays in vaccine distribution by mid-week; 75M vaccines distributed, less than 6% of U.S. vaccinated; CDC study: educators play key role in COVID-19 transmission at schools; CDC: educators among COVID cases in eight of nine clusters in Atlanta study;

    Biden’s COVID relief proposal and pick for budget director face uphill battles; Video capture plane engine on fire, debris falling; Boeing recommends grounding some 777 planes after engine failure;

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    • 38 min
    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 e

    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 e

    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 Chief: Elderly couple reluctant to leave their freezing home later found dead; Frozen fire hydrants slowed crews battling apartment fire; Sewage seeped into Texas city after water treatment plant knocked offline; Texas governor calls on execs of power grid operator to resign; About half of Texas’ population under boil water advisory; Biden’s pushes to unravel Trump foreign agenda; Biden WH willing to sit down for nuclear talks with Iran; U.S. rejoins Paris climate deal after exiting under Trump; Biden to world leaders: U.S. will “earn back” leadership position; Dem Senator Manchin to oppose Biden pick for budget office; Sen. Graham heads to Florida to meet with Trump this weekend; Sen. Graham heads to Mar A Lago to play peacemaker, as McConnell-Trump feud rages within GOP; Sen. Thune defends Republicans who voted to convict Trump; CDC Dir: Schools can open despite community spread if masks, social distancing, other protections are in place; Manhattan D.A. investigating possible fraud claims by former Pres. Trump; GOP Sens demand Garland commit to investigating Gov. Cuomo; Garland’s opening statement to focus on independent Justice Department;

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Lilsun27 ,

Fair & Balanced Reporting

Looking at all aspects of each story to bring info to your viewers & experts to make sense of what’s going on today!

Watchitese ,

Disappointed

I formerly respected Jake as a somewhat fair journalist but sadly he’s sold himself and his integrity to CNN.

kfol in Canada ,

KFOL

I was a big fan until lately as he is SO biased with this president. As a great news reporter should reporting in an object way and leave your own personal opinions off camera. We all know President Trump makes his own be and is an easy target. I can say that but I’m sorry you can’t!! It shouldn’t be about you “thoughts and biases” about anything but objective reporting. This is why CNN has taken such a hit as a “credible” news source

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