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The Lead with Jake Tapper


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.

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.






CA gov orders bars to close, no indoor dining at restaurants; WH attempts to discredit Dr. Fauci after split with Trump; Los Angeles & San Diego to restart school online only in fall; Florida reports more new cases than all but 3 countries; Trump claims t

California gov. rolls back reopening plans, orders bars to close & ends indoor dining at restaurants; Study: after infection, coronavirus immunity could decline in months; Trump turns on Fauci as virus surges; Trump claims to have a good relationship with Dr. Fauci but doesn’t always agree with him; Trump retweets conspiracy theorist & fmr. Game show host falsely suggesting CDC is lying about coronavirus; Trump admin insists all school reopen, offers no specifics on how to do so safely;...


Trump fundraises in Florida as state’s cases top 11K in one day; New poll: 67% disapprove of Trump’s handling of coronavirus; Fauci says he has not briefed President Trump in two months; COVID hits black and Latino communities at staggering rates; Big Ten

Trump visits virus epicenter, but not to address pandemic; Trump and Fauci not speaking as pandemic worsens; Fauci “trying to figure out” Trump’s claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are “harmless”; Trump says economy “getting back on track” as COVID crisis worsens; NY to help FL fight COVID-19, plans to send Remdesivir drug; FL Gov. Ron DeSantis defends state reopening as Fauci says states like Florida reopened too quickly; Georgia sets new record, 4,400+ new cases; President Trump claims he...


Cases spike in 33 states; Hospitalizations at record level in 12; Supreme Court rules prosecutors can subpoena Trump finance docs; White House: Ruling was “a win for the President”; CDC says it won’t revise school guidelines despite Trump’s criticism;

Dr. Fauci: States having serious problems should “look at shutting down” or pausing re-opening; Today: California & Florida set daily record for COVID deaths; Doctors raise alarm on testing backlog & lack of equipment; CDC Dir now says no changes to guidelines on opening schools; Florida reports single day record of 120 deaths; Trump loses financial docs fight, but ruling buys him time; Roberts, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch side with liberal-leaning justices; Fauci: “We are all in this together”...


Trump pressures governors to reopen schools, as U.S. surpasses three million coronavirus cases; U.S. sets record of more than 60,000+ new cases Tuesday; Supreme Court allows employers to opt out of Obamacare's birth control mandate on religious, moral gro

CA gov: hospitalization rate up 44% over last two weeks; U.S. sets record of more than 60,000+ new cases Tuesday; Pence: "absolutely essential" to get kids back to school; Birx: states with surges should go back to Phase 1 guidelines; Trump says U.S. will be in "very good shape" in 2 to 4 weeks; CDC director defends guidance on reopening of schools after Trump calls them "very tough & expensive"; CDC health experts "discouraged" & at odds with White House officials; This fall: NYC schools to...


Top doctor: U.S. in “free fall” as pandemic accelerates; Coronavirus test results lagging as demand surges; Trump says he will “put pressure on governors” to reopen schools; Trump’s niece slams his character in new book obtained by CNN; Florida still not

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying and dismissing the virus; TX Gov. Abott warns Texas of “greater fatalities” in coming weeks; Miami Dade Co. hospitalizations up 90%, 86% of ICU beds filled; Florida orders schools to reopen despite coronavirus surge; San Francisco cases up 25%, indoor dining postponed; Trump’s niece: He paid someone to take SAT test for him; Trump’s niece: His “hubris and willful ignorance” threaten the U.S.; Trump to...


W.H. claims world looking at U.S. as “leader” on COVID-19; Trump embraces confederate flag, lashes out at NASCAR for banning it; Houston official warns hospitals could be overrun in two weeks;

32 states increase in cases, 14 states steady, only 4 declining; At least ten states seeing record level of hospitalizations; Americans pack beaches, parties as infections surge in U.S.; Cuomo: New York shouldn’t get “cocky” & invite curve to go up; Austin mayor: 2 weeks away from hospital beds running out; Hospitalizations in Miami-Dade county up 88%; Record cases in Florida, Texas as some officials say the states reopened too early; FDA chief won’t defend Trump’s claim that 99% of...


Special Edition: U.S. hit record high: 52K+ cases in one day; CDC projects 20,000 more U.S. deaths by July 25th; 11-year-old now Florida’s youngest covid-related death; Trump to attend massive July 4th event as COVID-19 cases soar; New restrictions in pla

One study finds hydroxychloroquine helped coronavirus patients survive; COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates rise in California; Growing fears holiday weekend will fuel surge in Cali cases; More California cities announce fines for face mask defiance; First U.S. clinical vaccine trial delayed; Florida leads nation in daily covid cases; another 9,488 reported today; Corpus Christi Mayor: Texans got rather relaxed with low cases for so long; Texas Republican party plans to hold in-person...


Special Edition: Top GOP, Dem leaders & Intel committee heads briefed today; Bolton: I didn’t see evidence Trump read the daily brief; Study: New mutation of coronavirus is more infectious; U.S. hit record high number of cases: 50K in one day; Epstein’s e

NYT: Afghanistan businessman was middleman in Russian bounty scheme targeting U.S. service members; NYT: Afghan contractor served as middleman to pay Taliban; Dem Senator freezes military confirmations until Defense Secy confirms promotion for Lt. Col. Vindman; ICU manager: If you want to see Aug 1st, stay home July 4th; Herman Cain hospitalized with COVID-19; Attended Trump’s Tulsa rally; Florida sees 10k cases in one day, the highest yet; USC reverses decision to hold in-person classes in...


19 states pause reopening plans as infections surge in U.S.; 37 states increase cases, 11 flat, only 2 states declining; Trump tweetstorm stirs culture wars on race, ignores coronavirus

CA gov. closes indoor activities for 19 counties on "watch list"; Pence meets with Arizona gov as cases surge there; U.S. sees 75% jump in daily cases from 2 weeks ago; Texas lt. gov: I don't need to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci; 37 states increase cases, 11 flat, only 2 states declining; New study: deaths from COVID-19 could actually be 28% higher; Trump calls Russia bounty allegations a "hoax" despite sources saying it was included in his daily briefing; Trump calls "black lives matter"...


Special Edition: Fauci: U.S. could see 100,000 cases per day if surge continues; Official: Russia bounty intel was included in the presidential daily briefing sometime in spring; House Dems slam White House for insufficient briefing; Biden: “Trump failed

CDC Director urges younger generations to wear masks; Cases rising in 36 states; flat in 12 states; declining in only 2 states; NY, NJ, CT expand travel advisory to 8 more states; 17 states pause or change reopening plan as new cases surge; Texas bar owners sue Gov. Abbott over emergency order shutting bars back down amid surge in cases; Sources: Officials alarmed at Trump’s calls with leaders due to abusive language with allies & pandering to Putin; Fauci: “Cautiously optimistic” for...


Special Edition: At least 14 states pause or suspend reopening plans; Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law; WH: “no consensus” in intel community on Russian bounty report;

46 states increase or flat in new cases, just 4 states declining; U.S. death toll tops 125,000 as cases continue to surge; CA Gov: state seeing 45% rise in positive tests over last week; Florida leads U.S. in new coronavirus cases; South Florida beaches to close July 4 weekend; Jacksonville mandates masks ahead of GOP convention; Arizona hospitals at nearly 90% capacity as cases surge; Arizona reports largest one day increase in cases amid surge; W.H.O. the pandemic “is not even close to...


U.S. reports highest single day increase in COVID-19 infections; GOP Rep. Cheney tweets #RealMenWearMasks; Houston area raises alert level citing “uncontrolled” outbreak; Local Florida lawmakers enforce mask requirements, governor refuses to make requirem

32 states increasing cases; 11 flat; 7 states showing a decline; Fauci: U.S. seeing “serious problems” in some areas; San Francisco delays reopenings scheduled for Monday; Gov advises Southern CA County to reinstate stay-at-home order; Source: Schism within coronavirus task force on issue of testing; Trump puts focus on protecting statues as U.S. hits COVID peak; Houston Mayor: Infection rate tripled in last 3 months; Texas Gov. puts restrictions back in place as cases soar; Trump Admin...


Special Edition: Texas, Florida, California hit record virus levels as cases surge; 5,000+ new cases in California today; Trump accuses a BLM leader of “treason, sedition, insurrection!”; Multiple Trump Campaign staffers quarantining after Tulsa rally; Go

Texas pauses phased reopening as cases, hospitalizations spike; Doctor in Texas warns surge in cases could be “apocalyptic”; Texas Medical Center website says 100% of ICU beds in use; Texas Gov recommends masks in public but won’t require them; CA Gov: Coronavirus hospitalizations up 32% in last 2 weeks; Florida records 5,000+ new cases in 24-hour period; Miami-Dade County reported 27% positivity rate Wednesday; Florida Gov refuses to issue mandatory mask order; WH Econ Adviser: “There will...


Trump holds joint new conference with president of Poland; Trump speaks as states report record Covid-19 cases; Senate Democrats block debate on GOP reform bill

CA, TX, & AZ see spike in new cases, hospitalizations; Health system in Miami reports 101% increase in Covid-19 patients; Two candidates endorsed by Trump lose their elections


Dr. Fauci: “Disturbing surge of infections” in parts of U.S.; Trump says he wasn’t kidding about slowing down virus testing; Senate Dems: GOP bill is not “salvageable” & nonstarter; E.U. considers blocking U.S. visitors due to surge in COVID-19 cases;

Fauci: “Disturbing” and “troublesome” surge of cases; Texas cases numbers nearly quadruple, Florida case count triples; CDC Director: COVID has “brought this nation to its knees”; California sets another daily record with 5,000 new cases; Fauci “cautiously optimistic” vaccine could be ready by 2021; Trump visits border, wall is key campaign pledge; Trump may sign executive order to protect controversial statues; Family & friends honor Rayshard Brooks at historic Atlanta church; Officer...


WH defends Trump’s use of racist coronavirus term; White House admits Trump involved in firing of top U.S. attorney after Trump claimed he wasn’t; DOJ investigating noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage; Hospitals in FL, WA, AZ under pressure as new cases

WH defends Trump’s use of racial slur to describe coronavirus; Trump refuses to clarify if he asked for coronavirus testing to be slowed down; Trump says he told staff to “slow testing down” on coronavirus, WH press secretary downplays, says it was “in jest”; Sources: Trump “seething” from low attendance at Tulsa rally, WH press secretary says he was “quite pleased”; Two additional Trump campaign staffers test positive for coronavirus after Tulsa rally; Fellow NASCAR drivers offer show of...


Trump to hold rally as he faces pandemic & protests; Juneteenth rallies nationwide amid America's racial unrest; Calls grow for Biden to pick woman of color as running mate; 8 states see highest 7-day average of new daily cases; 3,000+ doctors in AZ sign

Black lives matter co-founder on what comes next; Interim Police Chief: Hankison "blindly" fired 10 rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment; Breonna Taylor's family attorney: There is still a ways to go before we have justice; WH Press Secy defends Trump hiring Bolton, compares to Lincoln's team of rivals; Klobuchar drops out of VP race, pushes Biden to choose a woman of color; AZ sees record cases in a single day; 3,246 new cases; AZ Gov flips on mask, allows mayors to mandate wearing masks;...


Trump in turmoil: Virus, protests, court losses, Bolton book; Ex-officers involved in Brooks killing turn themselves in; Models show Florida could be “the next large epicenter”; Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA; Black voters in crucial battlegr

Atlanta ex-cop turns himself in, charged with killing Rayshard Brooks; Officer charged with assault in Brooks case released from custody; Sources: More officers calling out sick in Atlanta today; Some Atl officers not responding to calls in protest of charges; Brooks’ family atty: Murder charge is “first step towards justice”; Dr. Fauci calls “anti-science” bias” a problem in America; California governor mandates masks statewide; Trump says COVID “numbers are very small” as 10 states see...


Felony murder among 11 charges filed against ex-Atlanta cop who killed Rayshard Brooks; WaPo: Bolton claims Trump asked China's Xi to help him win re-election; VP Pence touts coronavirus progress as 21 states report an increase in new cases

NYT: Bolton writes Trump's corruption went well beyond actions with Ukraine; Tulsa Health Dept director "wishes" Trump rally would be postponed; Now: VP Pence leads closed door coronavirus task force briefing; Texas, North Carolina COVID hospitalizations hit record highs as Florida, Arizona see massive spike in cases; Disinfecting tunnels installed at Putin's home, office


Trump signs policing reform order, defends police; Model cited by WH predicts 201,000 deaths by October; Study: People under age 20 half as likely to contract virus; "Vigilante" militia suspected of instigating violence at protest; Food banks overwhelmed

Trump signs executive order incentivizing police reform; VP Pence can't say whether it's harder to be black in America; Trump defends police, says "very tiny" percentage of cops are bad; Trump order incentivizes local depts to ban chokeholds, doesn't mandate ban; New model predicts 201,000+ deaths by October, blames easing of social distancing for new spikes; NYT: Pence tells govs. to push misleading stats on testing; NJ will publicly identify cops who commit "serious" violations; Pence...