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.
First, government officials explain why many evacuation orders came within hours of Hurricane Ian’s landfall with little time for folks to escape. Then, Maggie Haberman joins to discuss her new book which provides a detailed look at former President Trump. Also, a report today reveals harassment and abuse in women’s soccer and efforts to hide what was going on.
Putin declares the annexation of four areas of Ukraine which the West is denouncing as illegal. Also, Ian strikes again, lashing South Carolina low county, pushing heavy rain and wind into cities that are already vulnerable to flooding. The storm has wiped out parts of Florida’s west coast, leaving parts of the state swamped, draining vital resources, and forcing emergency rooms to turn away patients.
Hurricane Ian strikes and decimates parts Florida’s Gulf Coast as authorities begin to assess just how many lives have been lost. Homes, buildings, and roads have been ripped apart. The storm is expected to regain strength once again before moving up the coast of the United States as it heads toward Georgia and South Carolina.
Hurricane Ian has made landfall on the western coast of Florida just after 3:00pm ET. The eye crossed over a barrier island near Fort Myers, Florida. Winds are 150 mph, making the storm just shy of a Category 5. More than 850,000 customers are without electricity across the state of Florida.
Florida’s west coast is getting ready as Hurricane Ian closes in on the United States. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warns of catastrophic flooding and life threatening storm surge. Also, we are live near Russia’s border where thousands of Russians are trying to avoid getting dragged into Putin’s war on Ukraine. Plus, a look at a new lawsuit which challenges President Biden’s plan to cancel student loans.
Evacuations are ordered as Hurricane Ian is on track to become a monster category 4 storm. Plus, someone in Trump’s White House called a rioter on January 6th. Who was it? Also, we speak with a former congressman about why he pressed the January 6th select committee to question the wife of a Supreme Court justice.
Sources say the attorneys for former President Trump are fighting to keep witnesses from testifying before a federal grand jury about Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Also, big Wall Street banks are warning the worst may yet be to come. Plus, Hurricane Fiona takes aim at Canada while another storm takes form and could be headed for the United States.
Jake sits down for an exclusive interview with French President Emmanuel Macron to hear his reactions to Putin’s increased aggression in Ukraine, the future of Europe, the rise of nationalist extremism around the world, and more. Plus, Donald Trump insists he had the power to declassify documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago home by just thinking about it. But, did he?
A new lawsuit from the NY attorney general against Donald Trump and his adult children takes aim at their entire real estate empire, which the attorney general says is built on a foundation of fraud, lies, and inflated financial values. Plus, protests ignite in Moscow as Russians revolt against Putin’s war in Ukraine. Then, the Federal Reserve raises interest rates again in an effort to get inflation under control.
The border crisis continues as Delaware prepares for a possible influx of immigrants shipped from Texas by way of Florida. CNN is on the ground in Puerto Rico with the National Guard as crews try to get the island back online after Hurricane Fiona leaves a trail of destruction. Then, the White House tries to explain President Biden’s comments about China and Taiwan as Biden heads to one of the largest gatherings of world leaders.