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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.

Trump mocks calls for supporters to be “peaceful” The Lead with Jake Tapper
As New York prosecutors weigh indicting Donald Trump, the former president belittles keeping protests peaceful. Then, Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces a subpoena threat as lawmakers order him to turn over documents related to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) of the Foreign Relations Committee joins to discuss Xi-Putin talks producing no meaningful path forward on Ukraine. Plus, the CEO of TikTok is called before Congress to answer how much data from users the Chinese government can access.
Mar 23, 2023
Sen. Warren: I don’t think Jerome Powell should be FED chair The Lead with Jake Tapper
Jake sits down with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of the Finance Committee to discuss why she believes FED Chair Jerome Powell is a dangerous person to lead the Federal Reserve and why the U.S. could be headed towards a recession. Plus, a federal court ruled that Donald Trump’s defense lawyer has to be called back to answer more questions and turn over more documents as part of the criminal investigation into whether Trump mishandled classified documents.
Mar 22, 2023
Putin says talks with Chinese President Xi “substantive” The Lead with Jake Tapper
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping attended a state dinner, capping off two days of talks where they vowed more collaboration in oil production which gives the Chinese government an opportunity to further prop up Russia’s sanctioned, suffering economy. Plus, Republican officials are rushing to defend Donald Trump as the former president faces a possible indictment. Conservative lawyer George Conway joins to discuss if Trump's case rises to the magnitude of warranting an arrest.
Mar 21, 2023
Trump team tries to undercut Cohen testimony in hush money case The Lead with Jake Tapper
Former President Trump claims he is going to be indicted tomorrow in Manhattan in the hush money case involving Stormy Daniels. Plus, Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Moscow since the start of the Ukraine war. Also, a new push that could ban babies from the laps of their parents on planes, forcing parents to buy separate tickets for their infants.
Mar 20, 2023
International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin The Lead with Jake Tapper
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin today, accusing the Russian president of committing war crimes by deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. Also, a look at the new rules that will force phone companies to crack down on robotexts spamming your phone. Then, red tides and a massive seaweed belt threaten both of Florida’s coasts.
Mar 17, 2023
Big banks agree on $30B plan to rescue regional bank The Lead with Jake Tapper
Another troubled regional bank is about to get rescued and this time the big banks are stepping in to help. Will it be enough to ease market fears? Plus, the terrifying reality about women’s healthcare in America as the number of expectant moms dying from complications during pregnancy are soaring. Also, what U.S. officials are saying after releasing the stunning video of the moments a Russian fighter jet hit an unmanned American drone.
Mar 16, 2023
Dow tumbles over new fears about the banking sector The Lead with Jake Tapper
Is the banking industry suffering from a crisis of confidence? Markets around the world tumble as concerns grow over yet another possible bank failure. What might that mean for your money? Then, a Texas judge may overrule a decision made by doctors and scientists 20 years ago. The hearing today could block access to medication abortion. Plus, an unmanned American drone was forced to crash down in the Black Sea after a collision with two Russian jets.
Mar 15, 2023
Regional banks bounce back after two bank failures The Lead with Jake Tapper
Multiple investigations are reportedly launched after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank as panicked tweets are partly to blame for bank losing $40 billion in a single day. Vice Chairman of IBM Gary Cohn joins to discuss markets closing higher after days of volatility. Also, Russian fighter jets intercept an unmanned U.S. drone, forcing it down over the Black Sea. How will the U.S. respond? Plus, Trump makes his first election stop in Iowa as prosecutors weigh New York state criminal charges against him.
Mar 14, 2023
Two bank failures trigger fears of a banking collapse The Lead with Jake Tapper
President Biden reassures America’s banking systems remain safe after the biggest U.S. bank failure since 2008. Now, other banks are sounding the alarm as their stocks take a tumble. Plus, extreme weather coast to coast as a major storm bears down on the northeast and even more rain keeps California under water. Also, the Biden administration approves a controversial oil drilling project in Alaska.
Mar 13, 2023
Markets close down after second biggest bank failure in U.S. history The Lead with Jake Tapper
A new urgent warning about defective wheels after three Norfolk Southern train wrecks in five weeks. Plus, the alleged affair and hush money scheme that could trigger charges against Donald Trump. Also, a look at the second largest bank failure in U.S. history as Silicon Valley Bank collapses.
Mar 10, 2023
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