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The Lead with Jake Tapper

Updated about 1 month 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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Good job

By Democrats for 2020 - Feb 22 2019
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Good job Jake, keep up your great work

Fair level headed

By haroldino - Nov 13 2018
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Thank you for your ability to moderate proper discussion.

iTunes Ratings

477 Ratings
Average Ratings
300
63
19
9
86

Good job

By Democrats for 2020 - Feb 22 2019
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Good job Jake, keep up your great work

Fair level headed

By haroldino - Nov 13 2018
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Thank you for your ability to moderate proper discussion.

Cover image of The Lead with Jake Tapper

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Updated about 1 month 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: "Fraudster" Cohen "directly" asked me for a pardon; White House Communications Director Bill Shine resigns; Harris on Manafort: "absolute unfairness" in judicial system; Warren announces plan to break up Amazon, Google, Facebook; George Conway ta

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Trump: "Fraudster" Cohen "directly" asked me for a pardon; Trump: I feel very badly for Paul Manafort; Trump uses Manafort sentencing as evidence of "no collusion"; Sources: Trump consumed by Cohen, brings him up in briefings, calls and meetings; Trump: Democrats have become anti-Israel, anti-Jewish party; White House Communications Director Bill Shine resigns; Bill Shine leaves White House, joins Trump's 2020 campaign; NYT: Shine's campaign job is just to "save face"; Harris on Manafort: "absolute unfairness" in judicial system; Judge could give Manafort 10 more years in prison next week; Manafort faces DC judge Wednesday for next sentencing; Warren announces plan to break up Amazon, Google, Facebook; Biden's past comes back to haunt him as he mulls 2020 run; Fmr MD Rep fights for 2020 traction after running for 2 years; Delaney: I think Americans are tired of party's extremes; George Conway takes digs at Trump in rare public appearance; Kellyanne Conway's husband continues to publicly slam President

Mar 08 2019
42 mins
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Rank #2: Polygraph: porn star truthful about unprotected sex with Trump; McCain slams Trump for congratulating Putin on re-election; Data firm brags about winning 2016 campaign for Trump; Unexploded device found in FedEx facility outside Austin

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Ex-Playboy model sues company that didn't publish her Trump story; Stormy Daniels passed lie detector test about affair; Trump faces claims by three women of affairs or assault; Trump loses bid to dismiss apprentice contestant lawsuit; Ex-Playboy model who alleged Trump affair sues; WH won't say whether Putin's re-election was "free and fair"; Trump: I congratulated Putin on electoral victory; WH: "don't believe" election meddling came up in Trump-Putin call; McCain slams Trump for congratulating Putin on "sham election"; Trump shakes up legal team as he escalates Mueller attacks; Ryan: I've been assured firing Mueller not under consideration; McConnell: calling Putin "wouldn't be high on my list" ; Board of data firm suspends CEO after undercover video; Whistle-blower agrees to talk to Dems on House Intel Cmte; Data firm that worked for Trump says they won him election; Whistle-blower: data firm may have helped Russian interference; Feds: FedEx blast likely work of Texas serial bomber; Trump on "terrible" Austin bombings: these are sick people; Ryan: I've been assured firing Mueller not under consideration; Trump shakes up legal team as he escalates Mueller attacks; Trump DOJ battle over AT&T, Time Warner merger

Mar 20 2018
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Rank #3: GOP agrees to allow a week for Kavanaugh background check; Four key undecided Senators could decide Kavanaugh's fate; Flake says FBI report could change his mind on Kavanaugh; WH official: Trump will order FBI probe into Kavanaugh allegations

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Murkowski & Collins now say they back Flake's delay proposal

Sep 28 2018
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Rank #4: Trump repeats unproven claims about "spy" inside campaign; Clapper rejects Trump's unproven claims about campaign "spy"; Former Trump campaign aide suggests Clinton email entrapment scheme

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Trump's "spy" claim joins a number of dubious theories; Trump on proof of "spy" in his campaign: "you'll see"; Trump: I want "total transparency" on FBI's source; Ex-DNI Clapper responds to Trump's "spying" attacks; Clapper: I never knew about FBI's confidential source; Ex-intel chief Clapper: Russians swayed election for Trump; Clapper: Trump spinning narrative that "he's a victim"; No end in sight for gushing lava, ash and toxic gas

May 23 2018
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Rank #5: Bipartisan anxiety as Defense Secretary Gen. Mattis resigns in protest, Trump orders troop withdrawals & forces likely government shutdown; Supreme Court upholds block on Trump's asylum ban; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous nodules removed

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Pence, Kushner & Mulvaney now meeting in VP's Senate office after closed door meeting with Schumer; Incoming chief of staff called Trump's push for border wall "simplistic" and "absurd" in 2015; Mattis rebukes Trump's world views in resignation letter; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous nodules removed; Any moment: McConnell & Schumer to announce possible way forward to avoid gov't shutdown; Whitaker rejects DOJ recommendation to recuse himself from Mueller probe

Dec 21 2018
43 mins
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Rank #6: Special episode: Facing the hard questions after Parkland's school shooting

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On February 14, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. One week after the horrific mass shooting, the victims' classmates, parents and community members attended a nationally televised CNN town hall moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper. Listen to "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" in full here.

Feb 22 2018
1 hour 50 mins
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Rank #7: What key clues in court filings mean for the President; CNN: 16 Trump associates had contact, interactions with Russians; Source: Christie considered "strong option" for Chief of Staff

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Prosecutors tie Trump to crimes during 2016 campaign; NYT: Federal Prosecutors shift focus shift focus to Trump's family biz; Court filings show Trump in growing legal & political peril; Mueller: Cohen pursued Trump Tower Moscow deal through June 2016; Mueller: Manafort lied about contacts with Trump WH after plea deal; Sources: Trump focused on politics as list for Chief of Staff contenders dwindles; Possible contenders for Chief of Staff include Christie, Meadows, Mnuchin, Mulvaney, Lighthizer; Trump once knocked Obama for having three Chiefs of Staff; Comey says Trump's tweet could amount to witness tampering; Alleged Russian Spy appears to strike plea deal with DOJ; U.S. teams up with Russia to endorse climate report; NYT: Kushner gave Saudi Prince advice after Khashoggi death; Transcript shows Jamal Khashoggi struggles for air as group carries out his killing, a source says; Source who has read transcript says Jamal Khashoggi's last words: "I can't breathe"

Dec 10 2018
42 mins
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Rank #8: Sources: Cohen's docs provided to Congress show edits to his 2017 statement on Trump Tower project; Sources: Trump overruled staff to grant Ivanka security clearance; Trump: I'd be "disappointed" if N. Korea was rebuilding site

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Right now: Cohen meeting privately with House Intel Cmte, turned over docs showing edits to 2017 false testimony; Cohen to make public statement after today's private hearing; Sources: President Trump granted security clearances to Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner after staff refused; Trump & Ivanka appear together amid questions about border security clearance; WaPo details efforts to hide Trump's academic records; Trump "disappointed"; Analysts: New images show North Korea rebuilding launch site; North Korean negotiator snubbed Pompeo before summit; Bolton: more sanctions possible against N. Korea; Homeland security Secy forced to defend Trump's natl emergency; Nielsen grilled about admin's family separation policy; Sen. Jones warns Dems to focus on "the radical middle"; Sen. Jones: Biden would be "effective" messenger for Dems; Sen. Jones: I'm not going to call Trump a racist, but some of his comments have "racial overtones"; Sen. Jones calls for better warning systems, more shelters after 23 killed in tornado outbreak; Getting personal; Sen. McSally: "I'm also a military sexual assault survivor"

Mar 06 2019
42 mins
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Rank #9: Sentencing of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort; Vote on anti-hate bill causes distraction for democrats after Rep. Omar's comments on Israel; Cohen's new move

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Stunning Moment: The man who led President Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort, facing up to 25-years in prison; Paul Manafort sentencing; Any moment: House votes on anti-hate bill; House voting soon on anti-hate bill after comments by Rep. Omar on Israel spark friction among democrats; Cohen sues Trump organization for unpaid legal fees; Cummings: "I told Cohen I would nail him to the cross" if he lied to congress "and I mean that"; Cohen's pardon claim sparks denials and more investigation; WH pressuring GOP Senators to back national emergency; WH threatens consequences for GOP Sens voting against wall; N Korea border crossing and trade deficits haunt Trump; Not running; NYT: Biden's team says he's 95% committed to 2020 run; Will Biden face backlash for role in 1994 crime bill?; Trouble for Trudeau; Canadian PM denies allegation he pressured AG to cut deal with company accused of bribery

Mar 07 2019
42 mins
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Rank #10: Students, Politicians & NRA Participate in CNN Town Hall Tonight; Student Survivors to Lawmakers: "We Will Not Be Silenced"; Trump Hears From Students, Families & Teachers About School Shootings

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Trump: We Must Now Focus On Background Checks; Any Moment: WH Listening Session With Gun Violence Survivors; FL Gov: We Must Come Up With Solution to Keep Students Safe; Trump Holds Listening Session On Mass Shootings

Feb 21 2018
55 mins
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Rank #11: Michael Cohen's mystery third client is Sean Hannity; Comey: Trump is "morally unfit to be president"; Albright: Trump is most "undemocratic" U.S. president in modern era; Stormy Daniels & her attorney speak after Cohen raid hearing

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Trump lawyer in court over FBI raid, Stormy also appears; Feds: Cohen investigation is "fast-moving"; DOJ: Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months; Avenatti: Cohen will be indicted within 90 days; Source: Hannity never asked Cohen to assert attorney-client privilege; WH aides, not Trump, take lead on countering Comey INTV; Trump: "disgruntled" Comey "lied," "committed many crimes"; Comey on Trump: "some evidence of obstruction of justice"; Comey: "it's possible" Russians have dirt on Trump; Wash Post: Trump nixes new Russia sanctions announced by Haley; Fmr Secy of State Albright: Trump has "fascist" tendencies; Avenatti: Trump's personal attorney is "radioactive"; Judge adjourns hearing for Trump's personal lawyer

Apr 16 2018
43 mins
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Rank #12: Fired FBI Director speaks to CNN as Trump feud escalates; Comey: I could be a witness in case against McCabe; WH Officials: Trump has "weathered Comey," but "wildcard" Cohen is "consuming him"

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Justice dept. submits criminal referral on Andrew McCabe; CNN: Justice Dept. to give Comey's memos to congress; Report: Rosenstein told Trump he's not a target in Mueller probe"; Comey: Trump "clearly not" adhering to our values; Comey on possible Trump obstruction, Russia probe; Comey: "unlikely" but "possible" Trump compromised by Russia; Ex-Trump lawyer warns president: Cohen likely to flip; Comey: I definitely don't hate President Trump; What would Comey have done differently in Clinton probe?; Comey: Kelly said he didn't want to work for "dishonorable" people; McCabe attorney: criminal referral is unjustified; Comey: can't say if Cohen is vulnerable in Russia probe;Comey: can't answer if nation would be better off with Clinton

Apr 19 2018
52 mins
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Rank #13: Mueller Indicts 13 Russians For U.S. Election Meddling; FBI Never Acted On Tip About High School Shooter; New Yorker Details Trump System For Covering Up Affairs;

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American Pleads Guilt In Connection To Russian Interference; FBI Admits Information Should Have Been Provided Before Shooting; Sessions: FBI Failures "Tragic," Orders Immediate Review; FL Gov Calls On FBI Chief To Resign After Missed Tip; FBI Never Acted On Tip About High School Shooter; FBI Admits It Failed To Act On Tip In January On Killer; First Lady Skips Walk To Marine One With Pres Trump;

Feb 16 2018
39 mins
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Rank #14: Trump goes after Kavanaugh accuser as Senate waits for FBI report and looming vote on nominee; Sources: FBI hasn't interviewed Kavanaugh or Ford; Democrats renew calls to study Trump tax returns after NYT report that he helped his family dodged taxes

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Key GOP Senators "appalled" at Trump mocking Ford; Corker: FBI report on Kavanaugh to be released as soon as today; WH defends Trump's attack on Kavanaugh accuser; NYT: Kavanaugh called himself "Bart" in 1983 letter, refused to own nickname referenced at hearing; Suspect in custody for sending letters to Trump & Pentagon officials that initially tested positive for ricin; Democrats renew calls to study Trump tax returns after NYT report that he helped his family dodged taxes; WH slams "totally false" and "very boring" NYT report; Trump on midterms: pretend I'm on the ballot; Donald Trump Jr. campaigning for Sen. Ted Cruz; Hair, humor and hashtags: how satirists are tackling Trump

Oct 03 2018
44 mins
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Rank #15: WH brings out Natl security officials in show of force on Russia; Mueller wants to interview pop star & dad who helped set up 2016 Trump Tower meeting; Prosecutors highlight Manafort's most expensive purchases; Have Democrats gone too far to the left?

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WH says Trump "cares deeply" about meddling despite Helsinki remarks; WH official: Trump instructed security chiefs to hold news conference on election interference; GOP Sen. Lankford: Trump not paying attention to 2018 Russia threat; Coats says Russians exploiting every opportunity regardless of party, after Trump claimed Russia would push for democrats; Coats: can't understand or speak to what happened in Helsinki; NYT: Trump pushing for in-person sit-down against legal advice; Prosecutors: Manafort spent nearly $1 million on clothing; Mueller team: Manafort spent $450,000 on landscaping; Prosecutors: Manafort used offshore bank accounts; Mueller team: Manafort issued fake invoices to hide money; Progressive dems meet less than 100 days before midterms; Ivanka: family separations "a low point" in Trump Administration; Ivanka: the media is not the "enemy of the people"; Trump: just "large percentage of media" is "enemy of the people"; Trump reveals plan to hit Obama-era fuel efficiency rules; Trump Admin. wants to roll back endangered species act

Aug 02 2018
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Rank #16: Trump: North Korea summit may still happen, "everybody plays games"; N. Korea: Kim Jong Un ready to meet Pres Trump "at any time"; Weinstein charged with rape, other sex crimes in New York; Border officials give conflicting accounts of deadly shooting

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Trump: still talking to North Koreans now; WH: "we'll see" if staff still travel to Singapore today; Nat'l Security Council confirms talks with NK back on; Sen. Graham: Trump will end NK nuke program in first term; Trump: North Korea summit could still happen on June 12; WaPo editorial: summit cancellation "hasty, strategy-free"; U.S. intel monitoring if N. Korea resumes missile tests; Cardin: miscalculation can have "dangerous consequences"; CNN: Russian oligarch met with Michael Cohen during transition; Source: Kelly & WH attorney left DOJ briefing when some disapproved; Giuliani: Trump probably wanted WH lawyer in DOJ briefing; McConnell: nothing surprising in briefing on FBI source; Weinstein attorney: he "did not invent the casting couch"; Wash Post: Trump made up Hispanic names in speech preps; Trump's approach to immigration igniting debate; Witness describe scene where undocumented woman was killed; Amazon's Alexa records and shares a private convo; Witnesses, friends of Bobby Kennedy remember final moments

May 25 2018
38 mins
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Rank #17: 10 people killed, 10 wounded in Texas school shooting

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10 people killed, 10 wounded in school shooting

May 18 2018
39 mins
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Rank #18: White House defends VA nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson; Sen. Warren: Trump admin is most corrupt ever; Trump thanks Kanye West for support on Twitter; Jackson denies he wrecked a car, won't withdraw nomination

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WH launches new defense after Trump urges Jackson to fight; Source: Trump told Jackson he should stay & fight; Source: Jackson was so drunk Secret Service intervened; WH releases Obama's handwritten note praising Jackson; WH: Jackson's record "impeccable," has been thoroughly vetted; Mulvaney wants to shut public out of "Yelp" for banks; Sessions won't say if he'd resign if Rosenstein was fired; New allegations against Trump's VA pick say he "wrecked government vehicle" while intoxicated; New allegations against Trump's VA pick say he couldn't be reached because he was "passed out drunk"; New allegations: Jackson wrecked a car while drunk, over-prescribed narcotic painkiller

Apr 25 2018
39 mins
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Rank #19: Trump: not acceptable if Kavanaugh lied in testimony; FBI completes interview with Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge; NYT: Trump made millions by helping his family dodge taxes

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Kavanaugh denied being "aggressive" or "sloppy drunk"; Graham in 1999: couldn't send judge back to court after lying; Trump uses Kavanaugh delay as GOP rallying cry; Kavanaugh's fate down to key Senators waiting on FBI report; McConnell: FBI report on Kavanaugh will not be made public; NYT: Trump raked in millions from dad's empire & dodged taxes; NYT: Trump was a millionaire by age 8 due to father's empire; Kerry on Kavanaugh confirmation: "the fix is in"; Kerry under fire from Trump Admin. for talking to Iranian FM; Will democratic party move center or left?

Oct 02 2018
44 mins
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Rank #20: ABC cancels "Roseanne" after star's racist tweets; Inside ABC: the hours leading up to Roseanne's firing; Trump floats new conspiracy theory about Mueller probe

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Donald Trump Jr. retweets 2 of Roseanne's conspiracy tweets; Disney source on Roseanne "enough was enough"; Giuliani admits political strategy to undermine probe; Will Trump's conspiracies become action? ; Trump on probe: "sorry," I've got to focus energy elsewhere; U.S., North Korean talks underway around the globe ahead of possible Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un; WH: Pompeo to meet N. Korea's former top spy in NY; U.S. N. Korean officials trying to revive Trump, Kim meeting; Top U.S., N. Korean spies planning Trump, Kim meeting; Dangerous "lava haze" created when hot lava hits ocean;

May 29 2018
39 mins
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