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.
The January 6 committee stares down a fast-approaching deadline to complete its work and Rep. Zoe Lofgren of the January 6 Select Committee joins to discuss the timelines of potential consequences including criminal referrals to the DOJ for members of Congress who ignored subpoenas. Plus, more than a dozen letters containing blood or explosives have been sent to Ukrainian diplomats around the world.
Following the Senate vote to avert a rail shutdown, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joins to discuss the tentative agreement and paid sick leave for rail workers. Plus, a letter bomb was sent to the U.S. embassy in Spain, prompting increased security. Also, the Supreme Court keeps a block on the Biden student debt plan, scheduling arguments for February.
Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke about the landmark verdict in the Oath Keepers trial, calling the decision a significant victory for the American people. His remarks come after a jury found the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers and his deputy guilty of seditious conspiracy for their role in the Capitol insurrection. Plus, the House passes legislation to avoid a rail strike and shutdown.
Congress is going around labor union negotiations to try to prevent a rail strike that President Biden says would devastate the U.S. economy. Also, a consequential and controversial vote on same-sex marriage legislation is drawing criticism from both the religious right and the LGBTQ community. Plus, how DNA evidence helped a couple find their missing daughter 51 years after she was kidnapped. Then, two Oath Keepers members have been found guilty of sedition.
Republican officials remain largely publicly silent after Trump posted and dined with two antisemites at Mar-a-Lago. Top House Republican Rep. James Comer joins to discuss why Republicans do not speak out about Trump’s actions more often. Plus, Dr. Fauci joins to discuss the protests in China as its citizens fight against new Covid-19 restrictions.
Tonight we lead with new details about the recent shooting in a Walmart in Chesapeake, VA – a note has been found on the shooters phone that details grievances he had with colleagues and himself. In world news - New clues in a deadly mystery of a North Carolina woman who died on vacation in Mexico and a man vanishes from the Carnival cruise ship Valour and is found alive 15 hours later in the middle of the sea. And Black Friday is upon us again and crowds are as big as ever, despite inflation and recession fears. A senate race in Georgia is on the line and there is a push for early in-person voting rather than mail in voting. Kasie Hunt is in for Jake Tapper
CNN shares live coverage of a press conference with Moscow, Idaho’s police force, as they update the public about their investigation into the killings of four University of Idaho students. They issue a plea to the public to come forward with evidence. This, as the second mass shooting hits the U.S. in less than a week; a Walmart employee in Virginia shot and killed 6 coworkers.
Senator Lindsey Graham testifies before a Georgia Grand Jury in the probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. With the 2024 election on the horizon, Biden plans to spend the holiday mulling over whether to run. Plus, CNN talks to army veteran Richard Fierro, who tackled and disarmed the Colorado gunman, saving countless lives in the Club Q tragedy.
A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing at least five people before patrons confronted and disarmed him. Prosecutors say they are ready to convict the suspect, and CNN talks to a victim. Plus, Biden pokes fun at Republicans at the annual turkey pardon, and Iranians speak out against the assaults and brutality they have endured from the Iranian regime, as the World Cup continues in Qatar.
The Department of Justice has appointed Jack Smith to be special counsel to oversee the criminal investigation into former President Trump regarding the potential mishandling of national secrets. The special counsel will also oversee parts of Trump’s role in the events leading up to the Capitol riots. Plus, a look at why home heating prices have been rising across the country.