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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 tha…

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    Trump pleads fifth, declines to answer questions in NY AG probe

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 39:13

    Former President Donald Trump refused to answer questions while under oath, invoking his 5th amendment right after years of mocking those who did just that. Also, the Justice Department reveals an Iranian man's dramatic plot to kill high level officials who worked for President Trump. Plus, where to see the most savings as inflation rates start to cool.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Could potential charges disqualify Trump from federal office?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 38:56

    Republicans rally around Trump, questioning the DOJ's stunning search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago. Congressman Mike Turner of the House intelligence committee joins to discuss why now and what documents could be so important. Plus, we look at where leaders are making homelessness a crime. But, are their tactics only complicating the problem?To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Victory for Biden as Senate Dems pass climate, tax, health care bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 39:04

    President Biden is one step closer to a major legislative victory after the Senate passes the climate, tax, and health care bill. White House chief of staff Ron Klain joins to answer what is in the bill and will it actually ease the pain in Americans' wallets. Plus, a community is on edge after four Muslim men are killed in ambush-style shootings.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    China suspends cooperation with U.S. on climate

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 38:57

    Tensions between the U.S. and China get worse as the White House summons China's ambassador and Beijing sanctions Nancy Pelosi. Then, the U.S. economy has regained all of the jobs lost during the pandemic. We'll explain what the July jobs report means for the high cost of gas, food, and housing.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Russian court sentences Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 78:29

    Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony. Now that she is convicted, could this speed up a possible prisoner swap? Plus, a jury has decided that right-wing radio host Alex Jones will be responsible to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim a little more than $4 million in compensatory damages.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Trump-backed election deniers win three key Arizona races

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 78:22

    Voters send a resounding message to Republicans about abortion rights in Kansas while in other states Trump-backed election deniers sail to primary victories. Plus, radio host Alex Jones has been caught lying on the stand about Sandy Hook. Then, a stunning report claims Equifax erroneously issued millions of Americans lower credit scores that they did not deserve.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Pelosi's visit to Taiwan increases tensions between U.S. & China

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 78:28

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, ignoring threats of retaliation from the Chinese government. Plus, the U.S. kills one of the 9/11 masterminds as he stood on a balcony in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan. Then, WNBA star Brittney Griner returns to a Russian courtroom as she possibly learns of her fate in the Russian penal system.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Officials: Speaker Pelosi to visit Taiwan despite Chinese threats

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 39:09

    China is warning their army is standing by and ready to respond as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi prepares to make a controversial visit to Taiwan anyway day now. Then, deadly fires burn in California as the state's largest fire of the year explodes. In Kentucky, the threat of flooding is far from over as the death toll rises. Plus, there are growing questions about the six-game suspension issued to NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Mulvaney: Powell, Giuliani, Lindell focus of panel questioning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 39:05

    First it was the Secret Service with deleted texts, now Homeland Security is missing records. Messages reportedly missing from key days and weeks before the Capitol attack as the January 6th committee shares more of its secrets with the Justice Department's criminal probe. Also, rooftop rescues happen as lives are lost and hundreds are still missing after devastating flooding in Kentucky.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden downplays recession fears after disappointing economic news

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 78:21

    Traditionally, two successive quarters of negative economic growth has been deemed a recession. Unfortunately, confirmation of that ugly reality arrived today. But, the Biden White House insists the job growth is too strong for this to be a recession. We speak with Gene Sperling, a top economic adviser to President Biden.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Rate hike adds to burden for Americans struggling with inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 78:06

    Interest rates are being hiked, raising the price to borrow on everything from bank loans to credit cards. Plus, a former Trump White House insider reveals new details about the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the Capitol riots. Also, the Biden administration's new offer to Russia for the return of WNBA star Brittney Griner.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    New testimony signals federal investigators zeroing in on Trump White House

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 78:00

    Attorney General Merrick Garland just weighed in on the chances of former President Trump being charged with a crime. Plus, monkeypox cases surge as the White House considers upgrading the virus to a public health emergency. Also, WNBA star Brittney Griner is set to take the stand in Russia. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Testimony: Trump removed lines from speech criticizing rioters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 39:01

    New video from the January 6th select committee features Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump speaking about events after the insurrection. Also, why the FBI believes some cell phone towers could be equipped with Chinese spyware strategically placed throughout the United States. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Steve Bannon found guilty of contempt of Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 78:12

    After another January 6th select committee hearing, will Attorney General Merrick Garland take action against the men behind the Capitol riot? This as Steve Bannon is found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress. Plus, Republican congressman Lee Zeldin was shockingly attacked at a campaign rally by a man who tried to stab him. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    WH: Biden has “mild" Covid-19 symptoms; taking Paxlovid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 78:21

    President Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 but insists he's doing fine as the White House releases details about his symptoms. Plus, the January 6th select committee returns to primetime and delivers its last scheduled hearing, accusing former President Trump of failing to act while watching the violence unfold in realtime in the White House dining room. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Two Trump White House aides on Thursday's witness list

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 78:11

    A witness interviewed by the January 6th select committee goes on an extremist rant. Hear what the former Trump White House aide said after an abrupt end to his closed door testimony. Plus, the United Kingdom has narrowed down the final two candidates to determine who will replace Boris Johnson as prime minister. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Devastating heat disrupts activity across the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 78:04

    Extreme heat alerts appear in 21 European countries and more than 100 million people in the U.S. are also in danger zones. Disasters sparked by the climate crisis are now threatening travel, food supply, and health. Plus, while moving to ban abortion outright, one state is leaving lower income pregnant women with few resources, little support, and almost nowhere to turn. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    New CNN Poll: 75% of Americans say cost of living is biggest economic problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 77:56

    New polls indicate Americans are giving President Biden his lowest marks yet on some of the most pressing problems of our time. Plus, a trial begins for Steve Bannon who faces criminal contempt charges. Then, increased shark encounters at some east coast beaches have caused some closures. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden: “we discussed human rights & need for political reform”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 78:09

    President Joe Biden met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announcing several new areas of cooperation aimed at reshaping US-Saudi relations. Plus, Chef José Andrés joins to discuss providing meals to Ukrainians as Russia targets Ukraine's wheat fields. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden says diplomacy is best way to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 77:57

    President Biden and the Israeli prime minister both agree Iran can't develop nuclear weapons. They don't agree on how to stop it from happening and it was made public today. Will this prove problematic? Plus, a dead wife, a dead son, a botched hit, and an alleged fraud scheme. Murder charges have now been filed against a once prominent South Carolina attorney. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Horrible news for your wallet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 77:46

    The latest inflation numbers confirm what American families already know: just about everything -- food, gas, rent, electricity -- costs more, forcing many people to choose between buying groceries or having enough gas to get to work. Plus, the families in Uvalde, Texas are understandably furious and frustrated that they didn't get to see the hallway surveillance video before the rest of us, and even more so about the 77 minutes of inaction that the video shows. And, Starbucks is closing several locations, but not because of slow sales. Is this about worker safety ... or unionization?  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Cheney: Trump tried to contact Jan 6 witness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 65:29

    The January 6th select committee presented a number of new details today including evidence that Trump allies Michael Flynn and Roger Stone worked with far-right militia leaders ahead of the riot. Also, Rep. Liz Cheney of the panel says Trump tried to contact a witness who has not yet been publicly identified. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Bannon now says he'll testify to 1/6 committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 74:25

    The January 6th select committee is planning to lay out the role violent extremist groups such as the Oath Keepers had in the 2021 insurrection, including a death list and potential connections to Trump allies. Then, new testimony from the Uvalde Sheriff about the bungled law enforcement response to the school shooting. Plus, a new Covid-19 variant is spreading at an alarming rate throughout the United States. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden touts 372K jobs added in U.S., yet inflation sits at 40-year high

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 39:22

    After a better than expected June jobs report, we discuss why the good news presents a problem for inflation. Then, the shocking assassination of the former Prime Minister of Japan. The suspect appears to use a handmade gun in a country with very little gun violence. After, America's national parks are disappearing faster than ever before due to flooding, fires, and drought. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Suspected gunman's father to NY Post: “I didn't do anything wrong”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 39:01

    The father of the Highland Park parade shooter explains why he approved his son's guns purchase and reveals they talked about another mass shooting before the massacre. Then, Brittney Griner pleads guilty to the drug charges that have led to her being held in Russia. Could this help her get released? The former DOJ legal advisor to the US Embassy in Moscow joins to answer what factors could be considered by a Russian court. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Fmr. WH counsel to sit for videotaped interview with 1/6 committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 39:09

    A confession from the alleged gunman in the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting. This as we learn he contemplated carrying out a second attack at another Fourth of July celebration. Then, a key interview has been granted to the January 6th committee from the man who reportedly warned White House aides about Trump going to the Capitol.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Death toll rises to seven in Illinois mass shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 48:03

    Part of the Illinois mass shooting suspect's plan was dressing in women's clothing to blend in with the crowd as they fled in terror. Investigators provide another update on the deadly mass shooting that left dozens injured and seven dead. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Six killed, dozens injured in Illinois parade shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 99:32

    Six people have been killed and over two dozen more have been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a shooting during a 4th of July parade in Illinois. The suspect remains at large as law enforcement provide more details about the investigation. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Flight cancellations plague airlines as millions travel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 78:12

    If you thought it would be easier to fly than paying soaring gas prices this weekend, brace yourself. Flights are so overbooked and the schedule is so precarious that one airline is offering $10,000 for passengers to give up their seats. Plus, sources reveal who may have tried to influence Hutchinson's testimony to the January 6th select committee. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Trump & his allies attempt to discredit key witness testimony

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 77:54

    Sources tell CNN Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson claims she was contacted by somebody from the Trump world trying to influence her testimony. Plus, President Biden calls for dropping filibuster rules to pass abortion rights into law.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Jan 6 committee hints at evidence of witness tampering by Trump world

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 77:38

    MAGA media, Rudy Giuliani, and even former President Trump all trying to discredit star witness testimony that may actually reveal crimes committed in the days leading up to and on January 6th. Also, more undocumented migrant deaths linked to a tractor trailer abandoned in the hot Texas sun. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Ex-WH aide provides first-hand account of Trump's actions on Jan 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 66:02

    Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave her testimony to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill insurrection today where she said Trump and his chief of staff were warned about violence. Hutchinson recounted a secondhand incident where Trump reached for steering wheel to turn and head to the Capitol. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Roe ruling unleashes fierce battle over abortion in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 38:53

    In the streets, court rooms, and legislative chambers nationwide, new actions occur as abortion rights wade into a new post Roe era. Actions include peaceful demonstrations to scuffles to vandals also trying to inflame the debate. Plus, a CNN exclusive one-on-one with Vice President Kamala Harris about her take on such a pivotal decision which divides the nation. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 76:19

    In perhaps the most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades, Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that federally protected abortion, has been overturned. CNN is live as crowds swell outside the Supreme Court. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Update for June 23, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 0:17

    There is no new episode of The Lead showcast. If you haven't already, please check out CNN's other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden calls on Congress to approve 3-month gas tax holiday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 76:14

    D.C.'s new big debate is whether you should get 18 cents off a gallon of gas. President Biden calls on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, a proposal his former boss, President Obama, once called a gimmick. Plus, key Republicans publicly defend their support for a bipartisan gun bill. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Jan 6 committee: Trump WH counsel should testify

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 80:43

    Today, revelation after revelation from the House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection. The Arizona House Speaker, the Georgia Secretary of State, his top deputy, all conservative, all giving new insights into the multi-layered Trump intimidation campaign to subvert the 2020 election. Rep. Adam Schiff from the January 6th committee joins to provide further insight into the fourth hearing. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Jan. 6 committee Republican: “there's violence in the future”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 76:14

    The January 6th select committee says a scheme to overthrow democracy went well beyond rioters at the Capitol. The committee plans to show how Donald Trump was allegedly involved in a fraudulent electors scheme after he lost the election. Plus, airlines cancel more than 5,000 flights over the weekend and warn of more cuts on the way.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Jan. 6 committee asks wife of Justice Clarence Thomas to testify

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 76:21

    New scrutiny over the emails between a Trump lawyer pushing the election lies and Ginni Thomas, the wife of the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Plus, a new reminder today of just how blood thirsty some members of that MAGA mob were. Then, police say a 70-year-old man opened fire at an Alabama church group's meeting. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Today's 1/6 hearing focused on Trump's attempts to pressure Pence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 72:01

    The House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection on Thursday detailed how former President Donald Trump tried to pressure his vice president to join in his scheme to overturn the presidential election. Two witnesses testified at Thursday's hearing who advised Pence that he did not have the authority to subvert the election. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Biden targets oil giants: your high profit margins are “not acceptable”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 76:04

    President Biden is telling gas and oil companies to cut the soaring profits or else. This as the Federal Reserve announces a historic rate hike which will cause Americans to pay more for houses, cars, and credit card bills. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

    Federal Reserve weighs largest interest rate hike since 1994

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 76:25

    The Federal Reserve is set to put in place the latest interest rate hike in decades. Now, some economists say this is a good thing, but American families struggling to get by may not agree. Then, the same kind of technology used for the best Covid-19 vaccines, mRNA, is showing promise in treating other conditions, including some cancers. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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