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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.
 
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Court order allows family to see more footage of Andrew Brown Jr. killing as community demands transparency; Judge’s order restricts Brown’s family to 18 minutes of nearly two hours of body cam footage that exists; Rockets exploding over Tel Aviv as Israel-Hamas conflict worsens; Palestinians claim 30 killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 childre…
 
Colonial Pipeline aims to restore service by week’s end, shutdown fuels fears of surge in gas prices; White House: Colonial Pipeline has not asked Biden admin for cyber support; White House won’t say if pipeline company paid ransom demand; Biden: no evidence Russian govt behind pipeline cyberattack; Fauci: it may be time to ease indoor mask mandate…
 
Biden: “we’re still digging out of an economic collapse”; April jobs report falls way short of economic forecasts; U.S. added 266,000 jobs in April, well below the 1M expected; Treasury secy. admits she expected a better jobs report; Republicans argue some people aren’t looking for work because there’re making more money from unemployment; Montana …
 
Infectious Disease Expert: U.S. is turning the corner on Covid; U.S. Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Hit Lowest In Months; Moderna Head: Vaccine Boosters Likely Needed Every 9-12 Months; Broadway Tickets on sale again, cruises running trial voyages; Poll: Number of Republicans who have gotten, or will get vaccinated up 9% in recent months; Moderna …
 
NFL gives vaccinated fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets; CDC director warns of a possible winter Covid surge; Former president still banned on Facebook; Facebook oversight board keeps ban on Trump’s account, forces Zuckerberg to review decision within six months; Trump, House GOP leaders back Stefanik’s efforts to replace Cheney; McConnell say…
 
FDA expected to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15; Senior house republican” “Liz is gone just a question of how & when”; Sources: It’s over for Cheney in leadership house GOP vote expected on May 12th; House GOP Rep whop supported Cheney: She’s “In real trouble”; Russia launches missile in “Navel exercise,” intimidating Ukraine; Secy Blinken …
 
Romney booed while speaking at Utah’s GOP convention; Trump: nice to see “stone cold loser” Mitt Romney booed; Rep. Cheney’s future with GOP unclear as criticism mounts for speaking out against Trump & the big lie; Cheney: spreading the big lie is poisoning our democratic system; Source: McCarthy “furious” at Cheney for Trump criticism; Trump issue…
 
VP Harris: We have a responsibility to the people of India; Biden admin expected to restricts travel from India starting May 4; One hundred million Americans now fully vaccinated; Moderna to seek FDA vaccine authorization for children ages 12-15; Giuliani denies wrongdoing after FBI raids home & office; TSA extends mask requirement until September …
 
President faces bipartisan pushback over new economic plans; Manchin joins GOP in raising concerns about cost of plans; Biden’s infrastructure, families plans would cost nearly $4T; Biden’s first 100 days show biggest market gains since JFK; Fed Chair: Economy will fully recover when the pandemic is over; New CNN Poll: 44% of Republicans VS. 8% of …
 
Raid at Giuliani’s apartment & office as Feds advance criminal investigation into his lobbying activity in Ukraine; Only limited amount of lawmakers, no guests allowed in House chamber during Biden’s speech due to pandemic; Judge denies public release of Andrew Brown Jr. body cam video; Capitol tightens security for Biden’s joint address tonight; S…
 
New CNN poll: 77% of Americans satisfied with Chauvin verdict; Majority of Americans agree some changes need to be made to policing; 53% of Americans expect real changes in the way minorities are treated in American society; Both parties express cautious optimism on police reform bill; Biden: vaccinated Americans no longer need a mask outdoors if n…
 
Family attorney calls fatal shooting by deputies an “execution”; Death certificate in Elizabeth City, NC shows Andrew Brown Jr. died of gunshot would to head, shot by others; Elizabeth City, NC prepares for protest tonight as Andrew Brown’s family views body cam video of fatal police shooting; AG Garland announces DOJ investigation into police prac…
 
CDC panel debating whether J&J vaccine is safe for Americans or if it should no longer be administrated; CDC now recommends pregnant women get cover vaccine; Federal prosecutors examine whether Gaetz took gifts, including travel and paid escorts for political favors; Speaker Pelosi’s retirement, “complicated” relationship with “The squad” & tumultu…
 
Daunte Wright’s aunt: why do we have to keep burying our babies?; Ben Crump: too often “traffic stops end up as deadly sentences”; Funeral for Daunte Wright held in Minneapolis; Two more cities on edge after deadly police shootings; In reversal from Trump-era, Biden vows to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030; White House kicks off Earth day wit…
 
Chauvin in restricted housing unit in prison for safety; Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison; Ohio police officer shoots, kills teen girl who appears to lunge at someone with a knife; New poll: 43% of Republicans say they will avoid the vaccine; Biden: Congress needs to pass policing act in honor of Floyd; Senate to vote on anti-Asian hate…
 
Eight killed, several injured in America’s latest mass shooting; Sources: FBI previously investigated FedEx suspect after family member reported potential for violence; FBI: “Premature to speculate” on FedEx shooter’s motive; ER doctor on how “gun violence affects literally all of us”; Officials give update on FedEx mass shooting investigation; Pol…
 
No action on Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers, despite Biden criticizing Trump for lack of response; U.S. confirms Paul Manafort associate gave internal Trump polling data to Russia; Closing arguments start Monday after defense rests; Pulmonology expert: “No, I do not believe” Floyd’s carbon monoxide levels could have been as high as defense propo…
 
President Biden: It is time to end America's longest war; Biden visits Arlington national cemetery, says troop withdrawal was not a difficult decision to make; Biden: I will not pass the Afghanistan war to a fifth president; Official: Biden thinks a conditions-based withdrawal is "a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever"; Biden: We can't keep w…
 
Paramedic testifies George Floyd ingested drugs when confronted by police during 2019 arrest; Prosecution cross-examines defense’s use-of-force expert; CDC, FDA recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; WH says there is “plenty” of supply to keep up vaccine pace despite Johnson & Johnson pause; Boehner rips GOP leaders, says Republican party is…
 
Police chief releases body cam video, says he believes officer accidentally discharged gun instead of taser; Three officers shot during police car chase in Georgia; One suspect dead, another in custody following GA police chase; Army lieutenant files lawsuit alleging excessive force by two officers; Police: multiple gunshot victims including a poli…
 
Medical examiner: I believe heart disease, drugs played role in death; Fauci “not surprised” by small number of fully vaccinated Americans dying from Covid; GOP Congressman calls on Rep. Matt Gaetz to resign; Gaetz to speak at women’s summit today amid sex trafficking probe; 42-year-old volunteer firefighter dies of coronavirus; To learn more about…
 
Medical expert: Being handcuffed, having knee on neck, knee on back all contributed to fatally low oxygen; Fentanyl would have reduced George Floyd’s respiratory rate, but his rate was “normal”; Medical examiner still expected to testify; Found Floyd’s drug use, health conditions were “significant” conditions; Medical expert refutes defense argumen…
 
Unclear what George Floyd said about drugs while detained by police; EU mises first key vaccination target for elderly and health care workers; Biden moves up vaccine deadline, all adults eligible by April 19; Sources: Rep. Gaetz sough preemptive pardon during end of Trump presidency, but request never seriously considered; Mississippi Secy of Stat…
 
Police Lieutenant: Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck would not be an authorized use of force; Use-of-force instructor who trained Chauvin testifies; Police Lt: Chauvin did not use a proper neck restraint but may have followed other police training; Floyd family prays outside of Minneapolis courtroom; Use-of-force instructor: “We don’t train” officers …
 
Chief: Chauvin did not use reasonable force with George Floyd; Chief: Chauvin “absolutely” violated neck restraint policy; MN Rep. Omar: Chauvin trial has “been really traumatizing”; Expert: U.S. at beginning of forth wave of infections; U.S. administers 4M+ shots in one day for first time; Nearly 40,000 children have lost a parent to COVID-19; One…
 
Paramedic: Even from a distance I could tell George Floyd was unresponsive, not breathing; Floyd’s girlfriend: We both struggled with opioid addiction; Floyd’s girlfriend: His neck injury led to his opioid use; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacyBy CNN
 
Worker testifies about getting alleged fake bill from Floyd; Pfizer: vaccine 100% effective in children aged 12-15; CDC: Covid-19 was third leading cause of death last year To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacyBy CNN
 
Witness: I stay up at night apologizing to George Floyd; Witnesses to Floyd’s death: “It wasn’t right. He was suffering”; Witness: No violence from bystanders, only from officers; Witness who recorded video of Floyd’s final moments testifies; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy…
 
Trial begins for Ex-officer charged in George Floyd’s death; Prosecution, defense offer competing causes of death for Floyd; Prosecutors show video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck; Defense: Chauvin “did exactly what he had been trained to do”; First witness is 911 dispatcher who watched Floyd’s death on live video & called police sgt over use o…
 
Biden suggests Justice Dept look into GA voting law; Georgia law restricts voting, Fox sued for $1.6 billion as Trump whitewashes MAGA mob; Kemp defends GA voting law: “It wasn’t a voting rights bill, it was an election security bill”; Black Georgia legislator arrested for knocking on door during governor’s bill signing; “Covid War: The Pandemic Do…
 
Biden: “I make no apology” for ending policy on “separating children from their mothers”; Biden: GOP measures to restrict voting are “unamerican… it’s sick”; Biden: Republican party must decide whether to work together or “divide the country”; Biden blames many border issues on Trump administration; Biden: “Going to be hard” to withdraw U.S. troops…
 
Toomey, Manchin may revive bipartisan background checks bill; New video shows attack on slain officer during Jan. 6 riot; Admissions have dropped for ages 65+ with more vaccinations; Osage Nation health care workers hit the road to put Covid shots in the arms of their community; March 24 symbolizes how far into 2021 women must work to earn same pay…
 
Witness live streams as shots ring out, bodies on floor; Biden: Gun control shouldn’t be partisan, “we have to act”; 3 crises in America all in focus today: Boulder massacre, border emergency and big lie; Police: Supermarket shooter’s motive still unclear; Officer, who was father of 7, among 10 killed in Boulder rampage; Witness: Grocery store work…
 
Number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing U.S.-Mexico border continues to rise; New images show conditions for kids inside border facility; DHS secy: Border “closed but still accepting unaccompanied children; DHS chief won’t give timeline for facilities capable of handling surge of accompanied children; Biden says he’ll visit border “at som…
 
CDC cuts distance needed in schools to 3 feet from 6 feet; Teacher’s unions skeptical of CDC change to distancing guidance; More states relax restrictions as experts warn of variants; U.S. averaging 2.5 million vaccine shots a day; WH says it may not be best messenger to convince reluctant Trump voters to get coronavirus vaccine; Biden urges Congre…
 
Biden touts progress as U.S. nears 100M shots under his presidency; Official: CDC is expected to update physical distancing guidance for schools to three feet instead of six feet tomorrow; Biden admin considers sending AstraZeneca doses to Canada, Mexico; Fauci: We are in a race between vaccines and variants; Dr. Fauci, Sen. Paul get in tense excha…
 
Cuomo response to Biden: that’s true, if you committed a crime you can be prosecuted; CDC director won’t say if she believes President Trump is responsible for 500,000 American Covid deaths; Biden on vaccine hesitancy: “why don’t you be a patriot and protect other people?”; 14 states report new cases at least 10% higher than last week; CDC: strains…
 
LA County reopens indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters; Miami Beach mayor: “Now we’re politicizing a vaccine… it’s crazy”; Number of U.S. adults who have had Covid may be double the official case count, study finds; California Gov launches campaign to stop recall efforts against him; Recall organizers cite Newsom’s handling of pandemic, dining with …
 
Biden announces former economic official Gene Sperling will lead implementation of $1.9T stimulus package; Biden, Harris & spouses sell stimulus on “help is here tour”; Biden: local doctors, leaders would be more effective at convincing skeptical Americans about vaccine than Trump; CNN poll: 46% of republicans say they will not try to get a vaccine…
 
Biden: People will get stimulus checks as soon as this weekend; Biden on Covid relief: Now we have to implement it; After Covid relief, what’s next on Biden’s legislative agenda?; Emotional reunions as more Americans get vaccinated; Biden’s new goals: All adults eligible for vaccine by May 1, small gatherings with friends & family on July 4; Capaci…
 
Biden, Harris & top officials to sell relief law to public; Tonight: Biden’s first primetime address on heels of relief bill victory; Rep. McCarthy: Covid bill isn’t about pandemic, is a “payoff for Pelosi’s political allies”; WH: Stimulus checks will begin hitting bank accounts this weekend; One year ago today: COVID-19 infects Tom Hanks, shuts do…
 
Biden: Covid relief bill a “historic victory for the American people”; Texas opens “100 percent” despite health officials warning against it; Alaska first state to open vaccine to all people 16 and older; Starving, dying children pack Yemen hospitals amid civil war; Right now: jury selection happening in trial of ex-cop To learn more about how CNN …
 
Covid relief deal includes $1,400 checks, more unemployment aid, billions for small businesses, vaccines & school improvements; WH still won't call influx of migrants at the border a "crisis"; Debate starts at 9am tomorrow on massive stimulus bill; About 60% of Americans 65+ have received at least one vaccine dose; Texas to lift mask mandate, fully…
 
There are now more Americans fully vaccinated than Americans who have ever been infected with COVID; New daily cases in the U.S. level off around 60,000; CDC recommends no travel even if you are fully vaccinated; CDC guidance: vaccinated Americans can gather without masks, distancing in some situations; U.K. prime minister: no comment on Harry & Me…
 
Senate at standstill as Dems try to win over Manchin on change to unemployment benefits; WH: $15 minimum wage is a priority for President Biden; GOP Sen: We have “a hundred” amendments “in the hopper”; With 50-50 split, Senate Dems have no room for error in passing relief; NYT & WSJ: Cuomo aides altered data to lower Covid nursing home deaths by ne…
 
Fauci: “Inexplicable” for states to lift restrictions; TX Gov defends decision to lift mask mandate: still suggesting masks, just not requiring them; Dr. Fauci: Texas decision to end restrictions is “ill advised”; CDC Dir: People should wear masks even if state doesn’t mandate it; Study: A person with UK variant can infect 43% to 90% more people; D…
 
DC National Guard chief says it took more than three hours to approve request to send troops to Capitol on Jan. 6th; McCaul agrees Secy of Army needs to testify to explain why National Guard wasn’t deployed sooner; Biden admin hits Russia after intel shows FSB responsible for poisoning Putin critic; Biden: “neanderthal thinking” by states to stop m…
 
FBI Director rejects GOP conspiracy theories, says no proof antifa or fake Trump supporters involved in Capitol attack; Wray: Report warning of Jan 6th violence was sent to law enforcement agencies in 3 different ways; Biden: Merck will help J&J manufacture one-shot vaccine; Biden: We’re now on track to have enough vaccine for every adult by the en…
 
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