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The Lead with Jake Tapper

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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TX Gov: 14 Children And A Teacher Dead In Elementary School Shooting

At least 15 people have been killed in a deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Also, it is election day for Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Plus, the FBI is investigating an alleged plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 38mins

24 May 2022

Rank #1

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WH Insists No Policy Change After Biden’s Taiwan Comments

China is responding after the White House walks back Biden’s comment that the U.S. would get involved militarily if China were to ever attack Taiwan. Plus, there are more suspected cases of monkeypox in U.S. as investigators try to pinpoint how the virus is spreading. Also, an explosive report of sex abuse cases within the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 15mins

23 May 2022

Rank #2

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Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview

Last month, former Marine Trevor Reed was released in a prisoner swap after being held in Russia for nearly three years. Tonight, he speaks exclusively to CNN in his first interview since being freed. In this episode of the ‘5 Things’ podcast, Jake talks about how Reed is doing and look at what comes next for him and his family. Plus, a look at the efforts aimed at freeing the many other Americans being held abroad. To hear future episodes of CNN 5 Things, listen and follow wherever you get your podcasts or ask your smart speaker to “play the news from CNN.”To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

13mins

22 May 2022

Rank #3

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Record Housing Prices Widens Racial Divide

Records highs for housing and gas as Wall Street continues to dive into historic territory with economists warning of a possible recession. Plus, the U.S. secures its first batch of baby formula from Europe, but it’s not just parents who are desperate to get their hands on shipments. Then, Trevor Reed sits down with Jake to discuss his near three year detainment in Russia.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 16mins

20 May 2022

Rank #4

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House Passes $28M Emergency Funding To Help Formula Shortage

Scammers are now taking advantage of the baby formula shortage through the use of fake websites for formula as the head of the FDA is pressed on Capitol Hill today. Plus, we examine the tedious process to read the misprinted mail-in ballots that are leaving a key U.S. Senate race in limbo. Also, the CDC is now tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox that have been reported across the globe.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 16mins

19 May 2022

Rank #5

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Trump-Backed Election Denier Wins GOP Primary For PA Governor

The Pennsylvania Senate primary results are too close to be called as the final outcome could be delayed in part by a printing error that has left about 22,000 ballots unable to be read by scanners. Plus, a dramatic sell-off on Wall Street as investors worry over inflation and a possible U.S. economic recession.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 17mins

18 May 2022

Rank #6

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Voting Underway In Crucial Congressional Races In PA, NC

President Biden visited the site of the racist massacre in Buffalo, New York as we learn new details about the alleged gunman’s plot. Plus, it is election night in America as votes are currently being casted in several key states.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 16mins

17 May 2022

Rank #7

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Police: Suspect Believe To Have Visited Buffalo In Early March

Officials say the Buffalo supermarket massacre was motivated by racism and other forms of hate. We learn new details about another threat from the suspected killer months before Saturday’s attack. Plus, Ukraine’s secret police are on a special mission to weed out Russian spies among their military and civilian population. Also, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents dealing with the baby formula shortage.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 29mins

16 May 2022

Rank #8

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Parents Scramble For Baby Formula As Shortage Worsens

The White House is refusing to call the baby formula shortage a crisis as the Biden administration responds after shortages have existed for months. Plus, the Kremlin is threatening to cut Russia's power supply to Finland after Finland looks to join NATO. Also, a chaotic scene unfolded as Israeli police beat mourners at the memorial procession of a slain Palestinian American journalist.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 16mins

13 May 2022

Rank #9

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Jan 6 Committee Subpoenas McCarthy

Rep. Zoe Lofgren of the January 6th committee joins to discuss the new subpoenas issued for Kevin McCarthy and four other House Republicans. Plus, the man who led the Pentagon during the Trump administration weighs the United State’s involvement in Ukraine as Putin’s army is pushed back. Also, American farmers are warning that food prices cold soon skyrocket even more.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

1hr 16mins

12 May 2022

Rank #10