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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.

    Brand new CNN polls reveal voters' pulse on impeachment; Trump's legal team argues impeachment process a "charade"; Senate gears up for tense battle over witnesses on first day of impeachment trial; Candidates make massive push in Iowa, caucus in 14 day

    Brand new CNN polls reveal voters' pulse on impeachment; Trump's legal team argues impeachment process a "charade"; Senate gears up for tense battle over witnesses on first day of impeachment trial; Candidates make massive push in Iowa, caucus in 14 day

    New CNN poll:
    51% think Trump should be convicted & removed;
    More women say Trump should be removed than men;
    86% of African American voters favor Trump's removal;
    Majority of voters under age 45 support Trump's removal;
    69% want witnesses at president Trump's trial;
    48% of republicans want witnesses at the trial;
    58% say Trump abused power of the presidency;
    57% believe Pres Trump obstructed congress;
    Pres Trump's approval rating at 43%;
    45% say impeachment won't affect Trump's 2020 chances;
    Swing state voters split on removing Trump from office;

    WH legal team: impeachment articles "fail to allege any crime", appropriate for Trump to bring up Biden's & Burisma with Ukraine president; Source: fight over Trump trial could play out in open session; Sen. Doug Jones on looming impeachment trial; Trump visits Martin Luther King Jr memorial in DC; Sanders slams Biden's Social Security record ahead of Iowa; Biden: a Warren, Sanders nomination may hurt down-ballot Dems; NYT editorial board endorses both Klobuchar & Warren; High security as heavily armed protesters rally for gun rights; Despite concern, thousands protest peacefully for gun rights; Aircraft carrier named for African-American pearl harbor hero

    • 38 min
    Trump adds high profile, controversial picks to defense team; Parnas: Trump tried to fire Ukraine Amb. multiple times; Pentagon now says 11 service members hurt in Jan 8 missile strike; Trump: Impeachment trial is "rigging the election again against

    Trump adds high profile, controversial picks to defense team; Parnas: Trump tried to fire Ukraine Amb. multiple times; Pentagon now says 11 service members hurt in Jan 8 missile strike; Trump: Impeachment trial is "rigging the election again against

    Sources: House Republicans no longer expected to defend Trump in impeachment trial; Sources: Trial expected to start with contentious day with Democrats trying to force witnesses; Pompeo says State Department will investigate possible surveillance of ex-U.S. Ambassador; Indicted Giuliani associate says he watched Trump order aide to fire U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine in 2018; Eleven troops being treated for concussion symptoms, transported from Iraq to Germany and Kuwait; Defense Official to CNN: Symptoms emerged days after the attack; Iran's Supreme Leader says U.S. was slapped in the face; Trump: Impeachment trial is "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders"; Trump knocks Bloomberg campaign Ads as "vanity project"; Biden to NYT Editorial Board: "Not true" I hinted willingness to serve only one term; FBI arrests three alleged white supremacists ahead of gun rights rally in Virginia; New book: Trump "dressed down" top military officials in 2017 meeting, called them losers; 

    • 38 min
    Chief Justice, Senators sworn in for Trump impeachment trial; House Democrats call on Senate to hear evidence from Giuliani associate in impeachment trial; Trump: Senate trial "should go very quickly";

    Chief Justice, Senators sworn in for Trump impeachment trial; House Democrats call on Senate to hear evidence from Giuliani associate in impeachment trial; Trump: Senate trial "should go very quickly";

    House managers formally present articles to Senate; Senate expected to vote on whether to call trial witnesses; John Dean: I'd be astounded if Senate doesn't call witnesses; Senate impeachment starts as Giuliani associate implicates Trump; Ukraine's FM: I don't trust a word Parnas is saying; Ukraine launches investigation after text messages suggest surveillance on former U.S. Ambassador; Lawyer releases video showing Trump with Parnas at Mar-a-Lago; GAO: Trump Admin broke law by withholding Ukraine aid; Trump (again) insists he doesn't know Parnas after explosive claims implicate him in Ukraine scandal; Trump claims no knowledge of Rudy Giuliani letter to Zelensky; Giuliani associates says Ukraine scheme "all about 2020"; Trump still faces GOP challengers for the presidency despite many states cancelling GOP primaries; Buttigieg blitzes Iowa as impeachment trial takes four Senate Democrats off campaign trail; Impeachment trial takes four 2020 Dems off campaign trail; Sanders on impeachment trial: I'd rather be campaigning but I swore an oath; New Buttigieg Ads target Iowa counties Trump flipped; Source: Intel Officials don't want public hearings on worldwide threats after angering Trump last year; Putin's handpicked new PM takes over today after entire government resigns; Putin appears to cement grip on power by changing rules of Russian constitution; 

    • 38 min
    House approves sending impeachment articles to the Senate, appoints 7 managers to serve as Senate prosecutors; Newly released letters, texts, notes show Giuliani's push to meet with Ukraine pres; Candidates make final cases to IA voters during CNN debat

    House approves sending impeachment articles to the Senate, appoints 7 managers to serve as Senate prosecutors; Newly released letters, texts, notes show Giuliani's push to meet with Ukraine pres; Candidates make final cases to IA voters during CNN debat

    Rep. Amash reacts to Pelosi's picks for impeachment managers; Yovanovitch wants investigation into "disturbing" surveillance; New letters: Giuliani had Trump's "knowledge and consent" to request meeting with Ukraine president; Klobuchar: there's a double standard for women in politics, but I can win presidency; Warren-Sanders feud takes center stage at CNN debate; Biden & Sanders spar over Iraq war vote during CNN debate; Candidates make final cases to Iowa voters during CNN debate; WH undecided on including Trump defenders in trial; Trump signs first phase of trade deal with China on the same day house delivers impeachment articles; Dow closes about 29k for first time as Trump signs phase one of trade deal with China; Any moment: Pelosi to sign article of impeachment;

    • 38 min
    Candidates make final preparations before CNN debate; House to vote tomorrow to send articles of impeachment to Senate; Burisma hack seems to mimic Russia's 2016 election interference; Trump on imminent threat: "It doesn't really matter"; 

    Candidates make final preparations before CNN debate; House to vote tomorrow to send articles of impeachment to Senate; Burisma hack seems to mimic Russia's 2016 election interference; Trump on imminent threat: "It doesn't really matter"; 

    Some GOP Senators open to impeachment process; Sen. Paul: GOP may have to call Hunter Biden in trial; Trump supposed to be in Davos during start of impeachment trial; McConnell slams Pelosi for delaying impeachment trial; McConnell: Impeachment trial to start on Tuesday; Sen. Paul: If witnesses are allowed, I'll call for Hunter Biden; McCarthy: By holding articles, Pelosi helps Biden's 2020 bid; Sanders attacks Biden's Iraq war vote ahead of CNN Debate; Biden touts electability against Trump in new Ad; DNC Chair defends process over concerns about diversity; Warren aide: Not looking for a fight with Sanders tonight; New Biden Ad: Trump has Joe Biden on the mind; Barr & Pompeo shift justification for Iran strike; Trump on imminent threat: "It doesn't really matter"; Russia accused of hacking company at center of impeachment; Burisma hack seems to mimic Russia's 2016 election interference; Cyber firm: Russia began hack at height of Trump's impeachment; Schiff: Russia is at it again, trying to help Trump; Biden Campaign: Hack proves Putin & Trump see Biden as threat; Pelosi demands Trump Admin brief Congress on Burisma hack; 

    • 37 min
    Special Edition: CNN: state dept security officials weren't notified of "imminent" threats to 4 specific embassies, WH struggles to back up claim; Trump claims it doesn't matter if threats against U.S. were "imminent" because of Soleimani's past

    Special Edition: CNN: state dept security officials weren't notified of "imminent" threats to 4 specific embassies, WH struggles to back up claim; Trump claims it doesn't matter if threats against U.S. were "imminent" because of Soleimani's past

    Trump: WH has been consistent on threats from Iran; Trump officials struggle to defend claims of embassy plots; Esper: I saw no evidence of threats against four embassies; Iran accused of shooting protesters demonstrating against regime; Protesters in Iran call for regime's top leaders to step down; Pompeo: U.S. Strike on Iran's top general was part of a "bigger strategy"; Trump shares photoshopped image of Pelosi & Schumer wearing traditional Islamic clothing in front of Iran flag;

    Pelosi preps to hand over articles as reps still in dark over impeachment manager selection, Pelosi accusing McConnell of a "cover up"; McConnell blasts Pelosi for "weak impeachment case, says he's glad Pelosi realized she never had any "leverage"; GOP senator asks Trump to "not infect" trial with house reps; White House wants senate to be able to dismiss Trump charges; Pelosi: Senate must call witnesses or "pay a price"; Sen Collins and small group of GOP senators working on agreement to call impeachment witnesses; Schiff: we are considering subpoenaing Bolton; Trump: if senate holds impeachment trial, it gives dems credit;

    Candidates prepare for final debate before Iowa caucuses; Sources: Sanders told Warren in 2018 private meeting that a woman can't win; Sanders: "ludicrous" to believe I said that; Sanders slams Biden's Iraq war vote, Kerry says he's "distorting" Biden's record; Poll: Biden holds strong lead among African-American voters; Impeachment trial's impact on presidential campaigns; Cory Booker drops out of presidential race; Bloomberg: Dems in danger of repeating 2016;

    AG Barr on Pensacola attack: "this was an act of terrorism"; U.S. sending 21 Saudi cadets home after shooting; Australia drops carrots & sweet potatoes to starving wildlife

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