The Lead with Jake Tapper

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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January 27, 2023 39 min

Tyre Nichols’ mother calls for justice ahead of the release of the video which is being described as horrific and even sickening. This hour, what the public can expect and what the Nichols’ parents call the most telling part. Plus, a consequential vote for RNC chair is setting the tone for the future of the Republican Party. Also, at least 7 people have been killed in shooting at a Jerusalem synagogue. Israeli officials have descri...

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Tyre Nichols is the latest high-profile case of police brutality to result in murder charges. Five former officers have now been indicted. The victim’s family says he was beaten like a human piñata. Also, the first witness has been called to testify in the murder trial for Alex Murdaugh who is accused of killing his wife and son. Plus, democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is running in what’s shaping up to be a contested Senate race.

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January 25, 2023 17 sec

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A lawyer for Mike Pence found approximately a dozen classified documents at the former VP's Indiana home, according to CNN sources. Will the DOJ have to appoint yet another special counsel to investigate? Plus: California suffers three mass shootings in as many days. The latest is a case of workplace violence. And: Sources tell CNN the US is now ready to send its Abrams tanks to Ukraine as Germany also softens its opposition. W...

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36 mass shootings already in 2023 in the United States and we are not even a full month into the year. 11 victims are now dead in the latest update from the hospital from the massacre in Monterey Park, California. Plus, a high ranking FBI official is now in federal custody and is facing money laundering charges as well as questions about his connections to a sanctioned Russian billionaire. 

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The U.S. tries to push Germany to give some Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine while holding back the American-made Abrams model. Plus, a new investigation has opened in New Mexico into a Republican candidate’s campaign possibly being laced with money from fentanyl sales just days after the candidate's arrest in which he was accused of plotting to shoot the homes of his democratic rivals. Also, Erin Brockovich joins to discuss taking o...

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The fight over the debt ceiling could cause a global economic crisis including higher mortgage and credit card payments, 401(k) declines, delayed payments for veterans, delayed Social Security, and more. Plus, actor Alec Baldwin is going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the tragic deadly shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Also, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is in Germany trying to get top offici...

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A helicopter crashes outside of a kindergarten in the suburbs of Kyiv and a Ukrainian cabinet minister and a child are among the 14 killed. What caused this tragedy? Plus, Rep. Nancy Mace of the House Oversight Committee joins to discuss the differences in the classified documents investigations of Biden and his predecessor. As well, Rep. Mace answers why she believes the GOP approach to abortion is incautious.

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One city, four homes, each one shot at. Police say a candidate who lost his election in New Mexico tried to have his rival office holders killed. Plus, House Republicans are ready to investigate presidential son Hunter and presidential brothers James and Frank Biden for trying to use their access to the now president to make money. Also, Ukrainian troops arrive in Oklahoma for training on the Patriot missile defense system.

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Turns out the White House did not keep a visitors log for guests at President Biden’s private Wilmington home where five more pages of classified documents were found as the president’s personal lawyer tries to explain. Plus, Ukrainian officials say it was a Russian cruise missile designed to take out aircraft carriers that struck an apartment building killing at least 40 people.

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The White House's refusal to answer questions is not going to stop the questions from mounting. Why did the Biden White House wait so long to acknowledge that classified documents have been found at Biden’s private office, home, and garage? Plus, a rising death toll after tornados sweep through Alabama and Georgia as search crews look for survivors amid the piles of debris.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland has named former Trump U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to take over the investigation of classified documents found at Joe Biden’s home and private office. Plus, former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins to discuss Kevin McCarthy’s contentious fight to become speaker.

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The FAA is trying to get flights back on track after a pilot notification system failed causing thousands of flight delays. Plus, Attorney General Merrick Garland will weigh next steps over classified documents found at one of Biden’s offices as the Trump legal team sees benefit in the document revelation. Also, Iran orders harsher punishments to be issued to women who do not wear a hijab.

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The House GOP passes a bill to roll back $80 billion in funding for the IRS. Rep. Mike Johnson of the Judiciary Committee joins to discuss this bill and an approved rules package for the 118th Congress. Plus, President Biden is at the podium in Mexico City only to be overshadowed by questions surrounding multiple classified documents found in his private office.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy scrambles to ensure support for a new rules package. Plus, a college art professor says she lost her job for showing a 14th century painting of the Prophet Muhammad, renewing a debate over academic freedom. Also, President Biden is in Mexico City for the North American Leaders’ Summit where the issues of migration, drug trafficking, and border security will be front and center.

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It is day four of the standoff over the House speakership and for the first time this week there are signals there may be a finish soon. Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz joins to answer if she’s confident McCarthy will have enough votes to be elected speaker tonight. Plus, Pennsylvania governor elect Josh Shapiro taps Al Schmidt, a Republican targeted by Trump, for the top state elections job.

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In what is now the longest speaker contest in 164 years, Rep. Kevin McCarthy has suffered his 10th defeat to become House speaker. A nominee needs 218 votes, but the number required could change depending on if members withhold their votes. Rep. Michael Waltz joins to answer what has to change in order for a deal to occur.

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The House has adjourned after Rep. Kevin McCarthy fails on his sixth attempt to win a majority of votes to become speaker. We speak with GOP congressmen Rep. Dan Bishop and Rep. Dusty Johnson about a potential path forward between pro-McCarthy and anti-McCarty Republicans. Plus, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund joins to lay out the intelligence failures during the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

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For the first time since 1923, the vote for House speaker has gone to multiple ballots leaving Rep. Kevin McCarthy without enough votes. GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas joins to discuss his vocal opposition to McCarthy. Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney also joins to answer how he sees the future of the House playing out.

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Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become House speaker comes down to the wire and a group of Republican hard liners continue to push their demands. Plus, how police tracked down a suspected killer through DNA evidence, the web, and his Hyundai Elantra in those tragic Idaho college murders. Also, former White House communications director under the Trump administration Alyssah Farah Griffin joins to discuss the latest revelations from the Jan...

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