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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June 29, 2022 77 min

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.

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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.

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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.

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June 24, 2022 76 min

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.

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June 23, 2022 17 sec

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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The January 6th select committee lays out evidence that Donald Trump knew what he was saying about the election was a lie, but he kept going anyway. Testimony from the hearing includes Trump’s attorney general, campaign manager, and Trump’s own daughter. Then, Vladimir Putin admits the real reason he invaded Ukraine with a new propaganda message.

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Turbulence continues on Wall Street as inflation hits a new 40-year high. President Biden paused from a regional summit to address what his team views as the most pressing issue: high prices. Plus, the seven-part plan the January 6th committee says Donald Trump had to overthrow the government.

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More than year after we all saw the deadly Capitol riot playing out in real time, we are learning how individuals and groups plotted and schemed for months to overturn the will of voters and keep Donald Trump in power. Plus, the ramped up security plans after the FBI says an armed left-wing would-be assassin wanted to kill a Supreme Court justice.

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Grieving parents, a distraught doctor, even a fourth grade survivor provide gripping testimony today on Capitol Hill after the Uvalde mass shooting changed and destroyed lives. We examine what they want versus what lawmakers are willing to do. Jake speaks with key gun reform GOP negotiator Senator Pat Toomey.

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A key Senator pivotal to gun negotiations is spotted at the White House. Sen. Jacky Rosen joins to share her perspective on whether gun legislation can reduce mass shootings in America. Plus, more workers are facing difficult return to the office ultimatums.

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After a horribly bloody weekend in America with mass shootings at a popular night spot and another at a graduation party, are our elected leaders doing anything to try to stop gun violence? Plus, the credibility of the leader of a major U.S. ally is called into question as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s political fate comes down to a secret vote.

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A top Pence aide was reportedly so worried about Trump’s fury with Pence for refusing to overturn Democracy, he warned Secret Service before January 6th. This as another top Trump White House aide is indicted, arrested, and brought to court. Plus, President Biden tries to celebrate a strong jobs report while his attention is otherwise consumed with inflation, gas prices, gun massacres and more.

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233 mass shootings in the United States already this year and it is only June 2nd. In Oklahoma, four people have been killed by a gunman targeting his doctor and anyone who got in his way. Rep. Mondaire Jones speaks with Jake about attempts to advance gun restrictions in congress.

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