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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.

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Biden taking first major steps toward decriminalizing marijuana
The Lead with Jake Tapper
Oct 6, 2022

President Biden announced today that certain marijuana convictions will be pardoned. How quickly will we see Biden’s next steps on this issue? North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles, marking six total in less than two weeks. How far will U.S. and allies go to try to calm tensions in the region? Plus, a former Oath Keeper testifies that the group’s leader was in touch with Secret Service in the run-up to the 2020 election.