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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.

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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.

    Russia Denies Plans To Attack Despite 100,000 Troops Nears Ukraine

    Russia Denies Plans To Attack Despite 100,000 Troops Nears Ukraine

    As Russia continues to make provocative moves near Ukraine’s border, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with top Russian officials in the latest rounds of diplomatic talks. Blinken said the meeting was “not a negotiation” as he expressed a deeper understanding of Russia’s concerns and their position. 

    There are new tensions inside the White House over a proposal to vaccinate migrants at the United States border with Mexico. Some officials see this as a way to address public health concerns while critics worry the policy would encourage more people to come to the United States. 



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    • 1 hr 16 min
    White House In Cleanup Mode After Biden’s Marathon Presser

    White House In Cleanup Mode After Biden’s Marathon Presser

    President Biden has been clarifying some of his comments after his nearly two hour news conference. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joins to answer some of the lingering questions.

    The State Department has approved the transfer of United States weapons from allies to Ukraine in order for Ukraine to defend itself from a Russian invasion. Armed Services Committee member Senator Joni Ernst joins to answer what more Biden can do to discourage Russia from invading.



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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Update For January 19, 2022

    Update For January 19, 2022

    There is no new episode of the The Lead showcast. If you haven’t already, please check out CNN’s other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio.



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    • 17 sec
    AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Rollout After Safety Warning

    AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Rollout After Safety Warning

    5G was supposed to roll out across the country but several airlines say 5G interferes with the technology planes use to land in bad weather. Now, Verizon and AT&T are delaying the activation of 5G towers near some airport runways.

    The White House website to request free at-home Covid-19 tests is live as the Omicron variant continues to blaze across America. COVIDtests.gov will allow Americans to receive four tests per household.



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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Surgeon General Warns Next Few Weeks Of Omicron Wave Will Be Tough

    Surgeon General Warns Next Few Weeks Of Omicron Wave Will Be Tough

    With the U.S. averaging over 776,00 new Covid cases per day, the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy warns the Omicron wave has not yet peaked. Dr. Peter Hotez, from the Texas Children's Hospital, joins to discuss early results from an Israeli study that shows a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine can increase antibodies.

    The FBI confirms it is investigating the hostage stand-off in which a 44-year-old British national took a rabbi and three others hostage at a Dallas area synagogue on Saturday as a terrorism related incident. Plus, Virginia Governor Youngkin’s first actions in office include repealing the school mask mandate, but several large school districts are already pushing back on his executive order.

    Hosted by Poppy Harlow in for Jake Tapper.

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    • 37 min
    Pentagon: "Credible" Intel Shows Russia Is Prepping An Operation To Justify Invading Ukraine

    Pentagon: "Credible" Intel Shows Russia Is Prepping An Operation To Justify Invading Ukraine

    There's a group of Russian operatives inside Ukraine and according to a U.S. intelligence official, those operatives are looking to create a false pretense for Vladimir Putin to give the orders for Russians to invade. National security adviser Jake Sullivan joins to discuss this awful development for President Biden.

    In a sign of how overwhelming the Omicron variant is, two of the country's largest pharmacy chains are shutting down some stores because so many of their employees are out sick.
     

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    • 1 hr 15 min

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Good. But Why Is the Upload So Late?

I actually listen to this everyday and it's good. But i don't like that it takes like 4 hours at least to upload this. It's news after all. It used to be better but recently it feels like it takes a long time. Can please upload faster?

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Stop criticizing Biden!

Stop criticizing Biden so much! You should inform the listeners by explaining the facts and the challenges. The president is doing a good job but gets no credit!

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Podcast is late

Why is podcast not available at 5 pm PST?? That is 8 pm EST. I’ve stopped listening if it is so late

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