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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.

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Tells it like it is!

By Marilyn Marin - Jan 20 2020
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Unbiased reports, unlike Fox. News for real adults. Thank you!

5 Stars

By Gam3rGhoul - Oct 03 2019
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Great program! great reporting! Interesting and engaging interviews.

iTunes Ratings

704 Ratings
Average Ratings
426
97
33
25
123

Tells it like it is!

By Marilyn Marin - Jan 20 2020
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Unbiased reports, unlike Fox. News for real adults. Thank you!

5 Stars

By Gam3rGhoul - Oct 03 2019
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Great program! great reporting! Interesting and engaging interviews.
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The Lead with Jake Tapper

Latest release on Feb 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Senate GOP introducing resolution to condemn impeachment process; Dems accuse GOP Reps of stunt & violating House rules after rushing secure room; U.S. may start moving battle tanks & troops to Syria to protect other troops near oil fields;

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Sources: Dems aiming for public hearings in November; NYT: WH sent warning letter to Pentagon Official who testified before Congress; GOP Source: Diplomat's testimony "reverberating" among House GOP; GOP tries to downplay damning testimony as "hearsay"; "No quid pro quo" defense may not matter for impeachment; Trump applauds GOP lawmakers who stormed secure room; Sources: Giuliani now searching for a defense attorney; Two Giuliani associates promoted connections to Giuliani and Trump to make money; Lawyer for Giuliani associate links Trump to case by suggesting executive privilege may apply; Right now: Rep. Cummings lies in State at U.S. Capitol; via Knit

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #2: 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 days

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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 via Knit

Jan 20 2020

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Rank #3: Special Edition (2): The White House in Crisis; Combative Trump attacks Schiff, impeachment inquiry "hoax'; State Department IG finishes "urgent" briefing on Hill; Klobuchar talks about impeachment and gun control push;

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Trump: Only "legitimate" whistleblowers should be protected; Trump falsely claims whistleblower is "dishonest" & "inaccurate"; Now: State Dept Inspector General holding "urgent" briefing on Capitol Hill over Ukraine; House Democrats: Stonewalling by Trump Administration may be considered obstruction; Lineup announced for CNN/NYT Dem Presidential Debate; Trump froze Ukraine aid in June, demanded a policy review that baffled officials; via Knit

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #4: 6.4 earthquake strikes Southern California, felt in L.A. & Vegas; Ahead: Trump to speak at controversial July 4th event

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USGS seismologist: chance of another damaging quake today; USGS: At least 58 aftershocks after 6.4 earthquake; Kern County Fire: Ridgecrest Hospital is being evacuated; Officials report broken water mains, rock slides, power lines down; Largest earthquake in 20 years hits Southern California; USGS: At least 73 aftershocks after 6.4 earthquake; Source: Military chiefs concerned about politicization of July 4th; WH aides working overtime to fill event space with crowd; Trump baby blimp makes appearance on National Mall; Troops reportedly given messaging guidance, talking points today; California early quake alert didn't warn all CA residents; USGS: At least 85 aftershocks after 6.4 earthquake via Knit

Jul 04 2019

51mins

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Rank #5: Kamala Harris steals stage, Biden target of attacks; Booker on his 2020 path after first democratic debate; Biden defends his past position on busing in heated fight; Pres. Trump smiles, tells Putin "don't meddle in election"

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Biden defends record after bruising debate; Source close to Biden on debate performance: "Not great"; Swalwell to Biden: "Time to pass the torch"; Booker reacts to Biden's fierce defense of civil rights record; Biden: I never ever opposed voluntary busing; Harris targets Biden for opposing federally mandated busing; Biden tries to explain busing stance: I was against the federal government ordering busing; Biden and Harris busing exchange highlights divide for Dems; Trump jokes with Putin about election interference; Trump and Putin joke about "fake news" despite Russia's long record of murdering and jailing journalist; Supreme court to hear key political cases just ahead of 2020 election; Supreme court to hear cases on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights in election year; Supreme court to decide fate of "dreamers" before 2020 election; Charlottesville driver sentenced to life in prison via Knit

Jun 28 2019

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Rank #6: AG Barr: I never misled Congress on Mueller's frustrations; Some 2020 Dems call for AG to resign or face impeachment; Barr defends his handling of Mueller report; Democrats call for special counsel Mueller to testify

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AG Barr: Mueller's letter objecting to summary was "a bit snitty"; Sen. Van Hollen calls on AG Barr to resign; Sen. Hirono to Barr: "you lied to Congress"; Barr refuses to hand over notes of Mueller call to Senate; Unclear of Barr will testify tomorrow before House committee; White House: Dems "humiliate" themselves by attacking Barr via Knit

May 01 2019

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Rank #7: Buttigieg: I'm worried Trump would take foreign dirt; Trump on foreign info: "Of course you have to look at it"; Source: Before tanker attack, Iran shot at U.S. drones; Trump predicts he'll run against Biden, Sanders, or Warren

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Buttigieg: I'm worried Trump would take foreign dirt; McConnell to Dems: Time to move on, "The case is closed"; McConnell: I'm the "Grim Reaper" when it comes to Dem agenda; Warren, O'Rouke, Booker face off in first night of debates, with Biden, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg set for night two; Justice dept. to weigh in on subpoena for Trump's tax returns; Warren releases minority business plan as she rises in polls; Trump predicts he'll run against Biden, Sanders, or Warren; Trump campaign acknowledges Trump trailed Biden in key states in internal polling in March; Outrage from Flint residents as all charges are dropped against officials accused of causing water crisis; Flint Mayor reacts to charges being dropped against officials charged in water crisis; Some Flint residents "Re-Traumatized," "Horrified" over charges being dropped against officials for water crisis; Trump: "I'm not going to fire" Conway over hatch violations; Trump: "I'm not going to fire" Kellyanne Conway over hatch act violations, "she's a terrific person"; via Knit

Jun 15 2019

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Rank #8: Special Edition: The White House in Crisis; New book called "A Warning" by writer of anonymous Op-Ed who "vowed to thwart" Trump's worst inclinations; CNN obtains key diplomat's opening statement; Trump compares impeachment investigation to "a lynching";

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Source: "Anonymous" has "explosive" book coming out with first-hand account of president Trump; CNN: Key diplomat testifies he was told political investigations may be reason for Ukraine aid delay; McConnell denies he told Trump Ukraine call was "perfect"; CNN Poll: 50% of Americans support impeaching, removing Trump from office; Ceasefire between Turkey and Syrian Kurds just expired; Turkey and Russia agree to joint patrols along Syrian border; Iraq: U.S. Troops withdrawing from Syria cannot stay in Iraq; Esper: U.S. will conduct phased withdrawal out of Syria and Iraq; Impeachment struggling to break through in Iowa?; Iowa voters weigh in on impeachment inquiry; CNN: Key diplomat testifies he was told political investigations may be reason for Ukraine aid delay; Top diplomats tell Congress Trump wanted probe of Bidens, 2016 in return for Ukraine aid; Dem Rep calls impeachment witness Bill Taylor's testimony "a sea change"; McCarthy on Trump's lynching comparison: "That's not the language I would use"; Sen. Graham agrees with Trump: Impeachment inquiry "is a lynching"; Wash Post: Putin tried to sour Trump on working with Ukraine; Salmon shortage threatening food chain in Pacific Northwest; via Knit

Oct 22 2019

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Rank #9: Trump falsely claims impeachment based on one "perfect" call; Trump compares impeachment to unfairness in criminal justice system; Sen John Kennedy on Trump and impeachment; Trump family explores selling Washington, D.C. hotel

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Source: Bolton in talks about testifying behind closed doors; Sources: WH official to back up diplomat's damning testimony; "Anonymous" author of new book promises to recount conversations with president Trump; Trump on impeachment messaging: "I am the team"; Trump repeats defense of Ukraine call: it was "perfect"; Rep Gowdy in 2018: private hearings "are much more constructive"; Trump family explores selling Washington, D.C. hotel; Biden on his opponents: "I'll flat out beat them"; Biden: if elected, my children won't have White House offices: Biden knocks Jared Kushner's credentials to negotiate middle east peace deal; Gabbard says she won't launch re-election bid for congress, staying in presidential race; Obama, Clintons, among notables honoring Rep. Elijah Cummings at funeral today; via Knit

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #10: Trump's firs reaction since public testimony by ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Yovanovitch: Trump's attacks "very intimidating"; Republicans push ousted U.S. Ambassador on bribery argument for Democrats;

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Ousted U.S. Ambassador testifies about smear campaign against her & fear of comments made by Pres. Trump; Aide who overheard Sondland's phone call with Trump now in closed-door deposition; Trump defends Yovanovitch tweet, says "I have freedom of speech"; Schiff: We saw witness intimidation in real time by Pres. Trump; Yovanovitch: No explanation given for why I was removed; Trump attacks ousted Ukraine Ambassador as she claims she felt threatened by attacks; WH releases transcript of first call with Ukraine Pres which has no mention of fighting corruption; Ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine: I do not understand Giuliani's motives for attacking me; Republicans dodge questions on Giuliani and smear campaign against ousted U.S. Ambassador; Yovanovitch: U.S. Policy on Ukraine "thrown into disarray"; More public testimony set for next week in impeachment inquiry; via Knit

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #11: Trump allies attack Purple Heart recipient who says he twice reported alarm over Ukraine scandal; House Rules Committee releases impeachment resolution; New CNN NH poll: Sanders & Warren neck & neck in lead

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WH official says he sounded the alarm on Trump's Ukraine call; First WH official who was on Trump-Ukraine call testifying; New testimony raises questions about credibility of EU ambassador Sondland's testimony; Sources: tense moment in deposition as Dems accuse GOP of trying to "out" whistleblower; Thursday House vote may force Republicans to rethink strategy; Trump attacks career diplomats testifying in impeachment inquiry, without evidence they are partisan; Kushner to Biden: I've spent 3 years "cleaning up your messes"; Kushner: impeachment is nothing but "silly games"; New CNN NH poll: Sanders & Warren neck and neck in lead; Biden drops 9 points in new CNN poll of NH Dem voters via Knit

Oct 29 2019

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Rank #12: Bipartisan backlash erupts over Trump's tariff threats; Barr: I disagreed with Mueller on obstruction case; Source: Kim Jong Un's top aides "have certainly disappeared"; 2020 presidential candidates flood California this weekend; Judge rules for last lega

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Bipartisan backlash erupts over Trump's tariff threats; Dow tumbles as Trump threatens tariffs on Mexico; Top Trump aides warned against Mexican tariff threats; DHS watchdog finds 900 migrants at center built for 125; Trump's tariffs could raise prices on food, beer, cars, TV's; Barr: I disagreed with Mueller on obstruction case; Barr: Democrats are "shredding institutions" not Pres Trump; Sources: WH pleased with AG Barr's defense of Trump; Transcript released of Flynn voicemail from Trump lawyer showing possible attempt to obstruct; Source: Kim Jong Un's top aides "have certainly disappeared"; State Dept: We're looking into reports of N. Korean executions; WH: No comment on S. Korean report that Kim Jong Un executed members of inner circle after failed summit; 2020 presidential candidates flood California this weekend; Harris rolls out CA endorsements ahead of big weekend; Biden skips California campaign weekend for Ohio; Bennet slams Sanders' Medicare for All plan at CNN town hall; Kfile: Trump warned of "wolf packs" of adolescent criminals, undercutting criticism of Biden's '94 crime bill; Warren: if elected, I'll allow for Presidents to be indicted; Radio host compares Warren to Rachel Dolezal; Judge rules for last legal abortion clinic in Missouri to stay open until hearing next Tuesday. via Knit

May 31 2019

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Rank #13: Trump: "Nothing wrong with listening" if Russia or China offers dirt; Sarah Sanders leaving White House by end of the month; Jay Inslee, Eric Swalwell latest democratic candidates calling for impeachment proceedings

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Trump: "Nothing wrong with listening" if Russia or China offers dirt; Trump says he might not tell FBI if foreign govt. offered info; Sen. Warner introduced bill requiring candidates to notify FBI if contacted by a foreign agent; Sources: In private conversations, Sanders has discussed running for Governor of Arkansas; From defending to denouncing: GOP splits on Trump comments; Trump calls out FBI Dir.: He is "wrong" to say candidates should report report foreign govt offers dirt on opponent; Trump: All congressmen take "oppo" research from Govts.; Dems slam Trump as "UN-American," "Disgraceful," "Lawless"; Dem candidates outraged over Trump saying he'd take dirt from foreign govt via Knit

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #14: Soon: House to vote over impeachment after Dem rep. says Trump should be punished for racist comments; Trump suggests he will call out Dem reps at rally; WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019

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Sources: House will likely vote to table impeachment resolution; Source: Dem leadership prefers to kill impeachment resolution; Source: Moderate Dems felt vote over Trump racist tweets backfired, forced them to defend 4 progressives; Trump hits campaign trail as GOP defends his racist tweets; Sources: Trump & WH advisers believe criticizing Dem congresswomen is advantageous in 2020; Dem congresswomen deny fracture with Pelosi but have yet to meet face to face with the speaker; Sources: Moderate Dems not happy with Pelosi's handling of attacks against four Dem congresswomen; Sanders fires back at opponents, defends "Medicare for all"; Sanders accuses Biden of lying about "Medicare for all"; Sanders, Biden, Harris spar over health care proposals; Harris: My plan does not call for eliminating Obamacare; Soon: Trump leaves for North Carolina campaign rally; Trump regularly makes 20 or more false claims at rallies; Trump's use of "sir" signals he is making a false statement; New protests in Puerto Rico as governor apologizes for chat message scandal; Scandal and protests consume Puerto Rico as governor defies calls to step down via Knit

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #15: Trump claims he's investigating corruption, not his rivals; Damning text messages detail Trump admin pressure on Ukraine; Sources: Intel IG gave committee docs showing efforts to corroborate whistleblower complaint

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Trump claims Biden probe just about rooting out corruption, but cannot name any other corruption probes he's ordered; Trump claims he's investigating corruption, not his rivals; Sources: Trump promised China's president he'd be silent on Hong Kong democracy protests while trade talks continued; House Dems ask VP Pence to turn over Ukraine docs; Trump can't name a corruption investigation he's requested that isn't about a political rival; Sources: Intel IG gave committee documents showing efforts to corroborate whistleblower complaint; WSJ: GOP Sen. learned of potential quid pro quo from U.S. Amb., Trump denies in a phone call with Senator; Trump insists text messages reveal no quid pro quo in Ukraine dealings; Volker: Trump said "corrupt" Ukraine "tried to take me down"; Text messages show how Trump admin tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden; Ukraine to probe owner of company linked to Biden's son; via Knit

Oct 04 2019

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Rank #16: Trump admits he discussed Biden with Ukrainian president; House Dems appear closer to launching impeachment against Trump; New Biden tweet: Trump needs to "release the transcript of the call"; Gore: Trump is face of climate change denial;

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Trump, without evidence, claims if a republican ever did what Biden did, they'd be getting "the electric chair"; Trump: I didn't pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden, but it "would have been okay" if I did; Intel chair: "We may have crossed the rubicon" on impeachment; Mitt Romney: Trump's call could be "troubling"; as few republicans condemn Trump's call; Axelrod: Trump call "implicit or explicit extortion in plain sight"; Biden slams Trump for Ukraine call while Warren presses House to act on impeachment; Booker asking supporters to help raise $1.7M to stay in race; Feds: U.S. Soldier discussed bombing major news network, other targets; Thousands stranded around the world as tour company collapses; Trump makes brief, unscheduled stop at U.N. Climate Summit; Former VP Al Gore calls out Trump for lack of action on climate crisis; Gore: Trump is face of climate change denial; via Knit

Sep 23 2019

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Rank #17: With Acosta exit, Trump admin gains another "acting" head; Trump declares state of emergency in Louisiana as tropical storm Barry nears Gulf Coast; Trump rips "Baby" Paul Ryan over new book comments

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Labor Secretary Acosta resigns, as Trump weighs replacing director of national intelligence Dan Coats; Sources: Trump weighing replacing DNI Dan Coats; Louisiana Governor: "No one should take this storm lightly"; Tropical storm Barry to swamp Gulf Coast already waterlogged from recent flooding; Tropical storm Barry threatening Gulf Coast region with unprecedented flooding; Dem lawmakers get emotional describing detention centers; DHS Watchdog: Overcrowding at detention centers not addressed; Ex-Head of immigration enforcement frustrated over border crisis; Oversight committee: At least 18 infants & toddlers under age 2 were separated from parents; VP Pence & GOP Senators visit border detention center; Trump confirms deportation roundups to begin this weekend; Fearing deportation, undocumented woman hides in Chicago church; Trump: Paul Ryan was a "Baby" & "didn't know what he was doing"; New book: Ryan viewed retirement as "escape hatch" from Trump; Ryan rips Trump in new book: "I wanted to scold him all the time"; Sitting GOP lawmakers show unwillingness to criticize Trump; Harris again today goes after Biden's civil rights record; Harris jabs Biden: If you're not ready to defend your record at debate then "you're probably not ready"; Poll 41% of South Carolina's black Dems back Biden; Warren among 2020 Dems to court voters at progressive event; Progressive event reports surge in attendance ahead of 2020 via Knit

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #18: WH responds to impeachment inquiry deadline; Dem Rep.: Giuliani is potentially breaking the law; Biden caps off big week with endorsement from John Kerry; Police identify shooter in deadly Navy base attack;

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WH faces 5pm deadline to say if it will participate in hearings; Next public impeachment hearing scheduled for Monday; Democratic leaders prepared for impeachment defections; Minutes way: Deadline for White House to announce if it will participate in impeachment hearings; Giuliani confirms he went to Ukraine to dig or dirt on Bidens; White House spokesman on Giuliani: To my knowledge, Giuliani is still Trump's attorney; White House says it won't participate in impeachment hearing; Biden campaign embraces more aggressive tone as Iowa caucuses gets closer; via Knit

Dec 06 2019

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