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The Lead with Jake Tapper

Updated 13 days ago

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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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Daniel Hinojosa

By Danielhinojosa92 - Jul 14 2019
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Jake tapper, you are a best anchorman & best podcast show ever 👍.

Smart, well balanced

By Mark. Galassini - May 30 2019
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Well thought out, smart, facts and fair. From Milwaukee thanks

iTunes Ratings

558 Ratings
Average Ratings
339
76
26
19
98

Daniel Hinojosa

By Danielhinojosa92 - Jul 14 2019
Read more
Jake tapper, you are a best anchorman & best podcast show ever 👍.

Smart, well balanced

By Mark. Galassini - May 30 2019
Read more
Well thought out, smart, facts and fair. From Milwaukee thanks
Cover image of The Lead with Jake Tapper

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Updated 13 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Trump speaks after earlier shouting match with Schumer, Pelosi; Source: "real possibility" of impeachment worries for Trump as search for new Chief of Staff continues; Judge asks Mueller team for more details on Manafort's lies

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Trump: I am proud to shut down govt. for border security; Trump squabbles with "Chuck & Nancy" in Oval Office; Trump on heated meeting: "I think it was very friendly"; Schumer: Trump's temper tantrum will not get him his wall; Source: Pelosi said wall "like a manhood thing" for Trump; Source: Trump interested in Bossie after his experience in the Clinton impeachment; Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump $239K in legal fees; GOP's Hatch dismisses Trump crime accusations: "I don't care"; At least 2 killed, several injured by gunman in Strasbourg, France; Source: accused Russian Spy cooperating with Fed Prosecutors; Maria Butina accused of trying to influence U.S. Russia policy; Govt. report: arctic warming "unlike any period on record" via Knit
Dec 11 2018
41 mins
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Rank #2: Breaking News: Trump: Ratcliffe no longer pick for Intelligence Chief; GOP "Gut Punch" GOP Aide; Rep. Hurd's retirement "Not Good News" for 2020; Trump's Target:

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Breaking News: Trump: Ratcliffe no longer pick for Intelligence Chief; GOP "Gut Punch" GOP Aide; Rep. Hurd's retirement "Not Good News" for 2020; Trump's Target: President Trump uses Baltimore homicide rate to try to score political points at rally; Trump's World: Trump announces new trade agreement with E.U. imposes new tariffs on China; Embracing Obama...Now: Dem Candidates walk back debate attacks on Obama; Battle over Trump's taxes: Trump slams CA after new law requires him to release taxes; Kennedy Tragedy: RFK granddaughter found dead at family home, cause of death pending toxicology report; Any Moment: Puerto Rico Governor stepping down, unless he changes his mid via Knit
Aug 02 2019
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Rank #3: U.S. Official: North Korea test fires two missiles; Candidates back on trial, hope for post-debate bounce; 2020 candidate Bullock talks race, trade and debate; U.S. to test new missile to counter Russian aggression in Europe

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Obama's record becomes target as candidates focus on Biden; Biden "surprised" rivals went after Obama's record when challenging him in debate; Harris says she's expected to take hits from 2020 rivals; Biden: "absolutely bizarre" rivals attacked Obama's record; Biden laughs off his debate stumbles and gaffes; 2020 candidates announce fundraising boosts after debate; Bullock announces biggest fundraising day since joining race; Trump announces new tariffs against China; Biden: I was surprised by criticism of Obama during debate; Trump: I don't know if I can stop "send her back" chant; House Dems nearing majority in favor of impeachment inquiry; U.S., Russia to withdraw from Cold War nuclear treaty tomorrow; Trump orders medals stripped from navy lawyers who tried Navy seal Eddie Gallagher on murder charges; KY miners stranded without pay, block train demanding money from bankrupt company; via Knit
Aug 01 2019
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Rank #4: House Judiciary Committee holds AG Barr in contempt; House Democrats, White House in standoff over Trump's taxes; Nadler: "we are in a Constitutional crisis"

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Trump dismisses NYT report showing he lost more than $1B in business deals saying "it was a sport" via Knit
May 08 2019
55 mins
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Rank #5: Trump airs grievances; Top Dems talk investigating president; Roger Stone associate says he is in plea talks with Mueller; Report warns: dire health, economic impacts from climate change; Online sales, Trump's trade war threaten Black Friday's future

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Schiff to WaPo: Dems to probe if Trump protecting Saudis; Trump urges GOP, Dems to "come together" on border wall; Trump asks Supreme Court to take up transgender troop ban; Trump eyes replacing Kelly with young, rich loyalist; Trump admin says it believes hostage Austin Tice is alive; Obama's chief photographer trolls Trump in new book via Knit
Nov 23 2018
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Rank #6: Report exposes all of Trump's lies, recounted by his staff; Sen. Warren: house should begin impeachment proceedings; How Trump dodged one-on-one interview with Mueller

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Trump: parts of "crazy Mueller report" are "total bulls**t"; Source: Trump's "absurd demands" to staff are "the norm"; Report exposes all of Trump's lies, recounted by his staff; Democrats divided on path forward after Mueller report; Special Counsel referred at least 14 other criminal investigations; Mueller: Trump associates had numerous contacts with Russians; Schiff: contacts with Russia by Trump's circle "unethical" & "dishonest"; Romney: I'm "appalled" at Trump campaign's contacts with Russians; Mueller: Manafort had additional meeting with man tied to Russian Intel; Trump said he could not recall, remember or recollect 30+ times in written answers to Mueller; Judiciary Chairman Nadler issues subpoena for full Mueller report and underlying evidence; How Trump dodged one-on-one interview with Mueller; Mueller: Trump campaign had contacts with Wikileaks and had heads up on email release; Mueller: campaign official told stone to contact Wikileaks; Mueller found Russia meddled in 2016, will Trump accept it? via Knit
Apr 19 2019
42 mins
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Rank #7: Pelosi: Barr lied to Congress, committed a crime; Partisan tensions soar over AG Barr's refusal to testify; CNN: Bernie Sanders wanted to immediately engage Joe Biden on trail; 2020 race brings decades-old feud back into spotlight

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AG Barr refuses to testify before House Judiciary Cmte; WH complained Mueller should have made decision on obstruction, not given "road map" to Congress; Sanders: Nadler "incapable" of holding power, "pathetic" his committee can't ask Barr questions; Sanders slams House Democrats as Barr skips more questioning; Barr raises suspicion of his independence with "we" response; Trump's likely fed pick withdraws after sexist comments; Biden criticized for saying China "is not competition for us"; Early polls show most top Dems leading Trump head-to-head; Kamala Harris responds to Trump calling her "nasty"; Facebook bans "dangerous" Farrakhan, Alex Jones, others; Cruise ship reportedly owned by Church of Scientology quarantined after measles case confirmed onboard via Knit
May 02 2019
38 mins
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Rank #8: Pompeo to meet Vladimir Putin face-to-face Tuesday in Russia; Rudy Giuliani will travel to Ukraine to push for investigations that may help Trump, hurt Biden; Swalwell running against 20 other dems for nomination; No agreement made in trade negotiations w

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Pompeo to meet Vladimir Putin face-to-face Tuesday in Russia; Dems threaten to subpoena Mueller if he refuses to testify; Nadler: McGahn will be held in contempt if he refuses to testify; Harris to Barr: we must know if Trump suggested investigations; Comey: AG Barr has acted in a less-than-honorable way; Rudy Giuliani will travel to Ukraine to push for investigations that may help Trump, hurt Biden; 2020 dems battle to stand out in crowded field; Swalwell running against 20 other dems for nomination; Rudy Giuliani will travel to Ukraine to push for investigations that may help Trump; hurt Biden; Swalwell backs plan to pause statute of limitations, allowing presidents to be charged after term ends; How will Rep. Swalwell stand out in crowded dem field?; Rep. Swalwell focuses 2020 presidential bid on gun control; House cmte issues subpoenas for Trump's taxes; No agreement made in trade negotiations with China; Tariffs could cost American family of four $767 per year; U.S. deploying more patriot missiles to counter Iran threat. via Knit
May 10 2019
37 mins
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Rank #9: Former VP Biden holds first 2020 campaign rally; Trump insists his response to Charlottesville was perfect; 2020 Dems scrutinize Trump's record on white nationalism; California synagogue shooting adds to hate-filled pattern

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1 killed, 3 injured in synagogue shooting Saturday; FBI official: FBI alerted about threatening post on social media minutes before CA synagogue attack; Biden tells Pennsylvania crows: if I'm going to beat Trump, it's going to happen here via Knit
Apr 29 2019
51 mins
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Rank #10: AG Barr working with heads of CIA, FBI & DNI in reviewing origins of 2016 Russia probe; Biden responds to critics: "I've never been middle of the road" on climate change; Putin praises Mueller, says report proves no collusion claim

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Trump: I didn't ask Barr to investigate origins of Russia probe; FBI's former top lawyer: no spying occurred on Trump campaign; MT gov. Steve Bullock enters race as Biden fights to keep frontrunner status among 22 candidates; Biden: 1994 crime bill did not lead to mass incarceration; House Intel Committee investigating whether attorneys representing Trump and family separation obstructed investigation; Judge deciding if Pres Trump can block Democratic subpoena demanding his financial records; Putin praises Mueller, says report proves no collusion claim; Putin, Pompeo meet as both countries call to improved ties; NYT: White House reviews plan that would send 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East; Sen. Graham: Donald Trump Jr. should ignore subpoena; New book explores how "the old guard" honors fallen heroes; Uber driver denies charges of extra-judicial killings, torture during his time as a colonel in Somalia; Uber driver accused of torturing Somalians in 1980s via Knit
May 14 2019
38 mins
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Rank #11: Official: "not a good idea" to bring up Russian threat with Trump; Trump: "we're fighting all the subpoenas" from Dems; Biden faces tough, progressive primary challenge; Acting DHS secretary: family separations "not worth it"

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Official: feeling among WH senior staff that it's "not a good idea" to bring up Russian threat with Trump; Source: Homeland Security "kept getting the Heisman" from Bolton when they tried to meet on Russian interference; Dem candidates court women of color voters; Source: Biden moved launch to not step on "She the People"; Harris backtracks on whether felons have the right to vote; Biden will announce presidential run tomorrow; NYT: Buttigieg doubts Sanders could win general election; Kushner says he's working on "detailed" immigration plan; Russia welcomes Kim Jong Un with military greeting; Feds shift tactics to target big pharma in opioid crisis via Knit
Apr 24 2019
38 mins
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Rank #12: Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison; AMI admits hush money payment to influence election; Theresa May survives no-confidence vote to remain British PM; Flynn's lawyers request no jail time citing Mueller cooperation

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Cohen: felt "need" to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds"; Source: Trump "seething" about Cohen, says "he's a liar"; Cohen adviser: Trump's former lawyer open to testifying publicly before Dem-controlled House; Election fraud will likely force special election in North Carolina via Knit
Dec 12 2018
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Rank #13: Biden enters crowed Democratic field as frontrunner; Trump denies telling former WH counsel McGhan to fire Robert Mueller despite report's findings; Source: N. Korea asked U.S. to pay $2 million for Otto Warmbier's hospital care

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Former VP Biden launches 2020 campaign with Trump attacks; Biden enters race, immediately takes aim at Trump, but what about other democratic contenders; Biden: "I asked Obama not to endorse; Biden slams Trump's Charlottesville response in 2020 launch; Biden becomes 20th democratic candidate for President; Biden up to Dem Voters to decide who is best to take on Trump; Biden to attend campaign fundraiser in Philadelphia next hour; Sources: Biden rallies donors on call, says he'll be judged by earl fundraising haul; NYT: Biden called Anita Hill to express his regret over Thomas hearings; Sources: Allies urging Trump to declare victory and move on, but he's gearing up for a fight instead; Trump at war with Dems, vows to fight "all" subpoenas; FBI raids Baltimore Mayor's home as corruption probe escalates; Franklin Graham attacks Buttigieg for being a gay Christian; Russia rolls out red carpet for Kim Jog Un meeting; Putin talks t Kim Jong Un about denuclearizing peninsula; Putin gives Kim Jong Un a sabre and Russian tea set; menu of Putin, Kim dinner revealed, included cheesecake; FBI raids Baltimore Mayor's home amid corruption probe into children's book; United Shades of America premieres Sunday at 10 et/pt via Knit
Apr 25 2019
31 mins
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Rank #14: Biden and Harris set for rematch hours from now; Campaign: Biden's "primary goal" is to take on Trump

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Joe Biden tours stage ahead of CNN debate; Campaign: Biden prepared for "flat-out lies and distortions"; Sen. Bennet touring stage ahead of CNN debate; via Knit
Jul 31 2019
37 mins
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Rank #15: Dems' first subpoenas expected over Mueller, security clearances; Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border; Hartford Courant: CT woman says Biden touched her inappropriately, rubbed noses in '09; Clooney, Elton John protesting new anti-gay law in Brunei

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Cummings: whistleblower says WH overturned denials for security clearances of about 25 people; Dems to authorize subpoena for full, unredacted Mueller report; DHS speeds up deployment of additional border officers; Mulvaney: U.S. cutting aide to Central American nations because more needs to be done to stop migrants; Warren's finance director resigns over fundraising pledge; FAA: software update to fix grounded Boeing jets will be delayed for "weeks"; Strict law to punish gay sex & adultery by stoning; Alex Jones confronted with, struggled to defend lies calling Sandy Hook a hoax in new deposition tape via Knit
Apr 01 2019
42 mins
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Rank #16: House Intel Chair speaks after Mueller report released; Mueller found no evidence of collusion; couldn't make obstruction decision; Mueller: Congress still has ability to find that president obstructed justice

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Mueller on collusion: Trump campaign "expected" to benefit from Russia's illegal actions; Mueller on obstruction: "unable to conclude that no criminal conduct occurred"; Mueller: Obstruction by Trump failed because others refused to "carry out orders"; President Trump on Mueller appointment: "this is the end of my presidency. I'm f****d"; Schiff: AG Barr is not the president's personal attorney; Schiff: AG Barr did a grave disservice to our country; Schiff: Trump team's actions dishonest, unethical, immoral, unpatriotic; Trump called then-WH Counsel McGahn to remove Mueller, McGahn refused; Trump takes victory lap: I'm having a good day; Mueller investigated multiple instances of possible obstruction of justice; Mueller describes Trump's attempt to get AG sessions to say Russia investigation was "very unfair"; Mueller referred 14 investigations to other offices; Russians tried to hack Clinton within 5 hours of Trump asking to find her emails; Mueller considered Trump's written answers "inadequate" via Knit

Apr 18 2019
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Rank #17: Trump backs down, announces deal to reopen gov't for 3 weeks; Roger Stone indictment, he sought stolen emails in coordination with Trump campaign officials; Roger Stone's long history of dirty politics

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Schumer: hopefully the president has "learned his lesson"; Stone indictment claims he coordinated with Trump campaign to seek stolen DNC emails from WikiLeaks; WH claims Stone charges have nothing to do with the President Roger Stone's long history of dirty politics; Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort could face more charges via Knit
Jan 25 2019
42 mins
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Rank #18: Trump stokes racial divide by ramping up attacks on Rep. Cummings and Baltimore; Trump slams Baltimore for "infestation" as Kushner properties cited for rodents; 2020 Dems descend on Michigan, a state Trump narrowly won

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Trump goes after Rev. Sharpton after slamming Rep. Cummings; Attacks on Cummings come one week after Trump lashed out at 4 Democratic women of color; Mulvaney: Trump's comments on Cummings are not about race; GOP Meadows yet to defend "best friend" Cummings after attacks; Michigan gov. talks 2020 Dems & beating Trump in her state; Michigan Dem. Party Black Caucus endorses Kamala Harris; Harris' "Medicare for all" plan keeps private insurance; Sanders reacts to Harris' "Medicare for all" proposal; Sanders: Harris' plan is "not Medicare-for-all"; 3 killed, 12 wounded in shooting at California festival; Police: Festival shooter used assault-style weapon; Gunman posted about white supremacist book before attack; Children ages 6 & 13 among three killed in festival shooting; 2020 Dems agree to fight climate crisis, but not on a plan; Half of 2020 field has released comprehensive climate plan via Knit
Jul 29 2019
38 mins
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Rank #19: Trump walks out of shutdown, talks, calls them "total waste of time"; Sen. Harris: shutdown is crisis of Trump's own making; New Manafort revelations hint at collusion with Russia

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Trump: "I said bye-bye" to Dem leaders when they refused wall; McCarthy calls Democrats' behavior during talks "embarrassing"; Trump today: "I didn't want this fight"; Trump in December: "I am proud to shut down the government"; Mueller claims Manafort fed information to Russian with Intel ties; Sen. Kamala Harris talks possible 2020 run, crowded Dem field; Sen. Warner: Manafort sharing info with Russian is "closest we've seen" to collusion; GOP Sen: Manafort sharing info with Russia isn't collusion; Top Dem on Senate Intel: Manafort may have handed Russians data to interfere with 2016 election; Sen. Harris: I will make my decision soon on running in 2020; Will the Democrat party move more to the left in 2020?; Presidential hopefuls clamor to respond to Trump's address; Investigation underway after woman in coma has baby; Police: no suspect yet in coma patient's sexual assault via Knit
Jan 09 2019
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Rank #20: 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
38 mins
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