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The Lead with Jake Tapper

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.

Parents Scramble For Baby Formula As Shortage Worsens The Lead with Jake Tapper
The White House is refusing to call the baby formula shortage a crisis as the Biden administration responds after shortages have existed for months. Plus, the Kremlin is threatening to cut Russia's power supply to Finland after Finland looks to join NATO. Also, a chaotic scene unfolded as Israeli police beat mourners at the memorial procession of a slain Palestinian American journalist.
May 13, 2022
Jan 6 Committee Subpoenas McCarthy The Lead with Jake Tapper
Rep. Zoe Lofgren of the January 6th committee joins to discuss the new subpoenas issued for Kevin McCarthy and four other House Republicans. Plus, the man who led the Pentagon during the Trump administration weighs the United State’s involvement in Ukraine as Putin’s army is pushed back. Also, American farmers are warning that food prices cold soon skyrocket even more.
May 12, 2022
Democrats’ National Abortion Rights Bill Fails In Senate The Lead with Jake Tapper
Democrats bill on abortion rights goes farther than Roe v. Wade does but fails after a Senate vote. Plus, Ukrainians retake captured towns near Russia’s border as Putin’s forces make a new play in southern Ukraine. Also, a woman’s lacrosse team from a historically black college said it was racially profiled during a stop in Georgia. The case is now catching the attention of Capitol Hill.
May 11, 2022
Biden Defends His Plan To Fight Inflation The Lead with Jake Tapper
President Biden says the U.S. economy went from on the mend to on the move but in what direction? Gas prices hit a record high and are on track to go even higher. Plus, Putin is now targeting the port city of Odesa with hypersonic missiles. Also, as the water drops at America’s largest reservoir, human remains continue to be found with possible mafia connections.
May 10, 2022
Russia Steps Up Attacks On Railways Used For Evacuations The Lead with Jake Tapper
Putin used Russia’s World War II commemoration parade to defend his invasion of Ukraine and slaughter of civilians while his forces are accused of dropping a bomb on a school killing dozens. Also, analysts say to get ready for gas prices to skyrocket further in coming days as economic turbulence continues for the stock market.
May 9, 2022
Privacy Advocates Raise Concerns Over Digital History Potentially Used To Prosecute Abortion Cases The Lead with Jake Tapper
Internet search history, location data, social media posts, and other digital information could be used for prosecution to target people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion becomes a crime. Then, the Kremlin is putting up Russian road signs and erecting statues of Soviet leaders in the besieged city of Mariupol. Plus, more than 90% of the 22 million jobs lost in the height of the pandemic are back.
May 6, 2022
Wall Street Plunges After Fed Hikes Interest Rates The Lead with Jake Tapper
Russian troops have broken into part of the Mariupol steel plant. Will the remaining innocent Ukrainians trapped inside actually be given a chance to get out alive? Then, how a little pill could be the next target for the anti-abortion movement when and if Roe v. Wade fails. Plus, a huge selloff on Wall Street today as the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P take huge hits.
May 5, 2022
Stocks Close Higher After Fed Raises Interest Rates The Lead with Jake Tapper
Why are some economists saying the biggest interest rate hike in more than two decades should help us all in the United States and bring prices on everyday items down? Plus, Ukrainian forces push back against Kremlin fighters trying to storm the Mariupol steel plant while civilians try to escape. Also, new audio of House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy discussing using the 25th Amendment to try and remove Donald Trump just days after the January 6th Capitol attack.
May 4, 2022
Supreme Court Poised To Strike Down Roe v. Wade The Lead with Jake Tapper
Protests begin outside the U.S. Supreme Court after Politico publishes a draft ruling that would strike down Roe v. Wade and effect the lives of tens of millions of Americans. So, what happens if and when abortion rights are actually struck down in the United States? 

Then, bus loads of Ukrainians are arriving on safe ground after months trapped inside the Mariupol steel plant as the Russians are closer than ever to taking over Mariupol.
May 3, 2022
German FM: Ready To Agree To Embargo On Russian Oil The Lead with Jake Tapper
After weeks surviving constant Russian attacks and shelling, holed up in underground bunkers, some Mariupol residents are now above ground and out of the besieged city. But, many are ending up in Russian controlled territory. Are they being forced there?

Plus, the U.S. border crisis that has even some Democrats running ads distancing themselves from President Biden for lifting a Trump era policy.
May 2, 2022
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