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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.


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3.7 out of 5 stars from 2k ratings
  • Slow upload

    By the time the podcast is actually posted, the news is 3 days old. Episode available talks about an upcoming election… but that election was over 3 days ago. I give up. The podcast itself is great

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    mad 55151
    Canada16 days ago
  • don't vote !!! fuck the politician tell them by not voting !!!

    Adam Balogh
    a month ago
  • journalist not allowed to ask questions that might drive down the value of the stock !!! bad for shareholders !!! dont you know???

    Adam Balogh
    a month ago
  • Very good podcast and Tapper fair

    I listen to or watch this show from Australia. Tapper’s podcast is very good and he’s the fairest CNN media commentator, he asks the hard questions and calls out the Democrats at times - definitely worth listening to our watch. I follow US politics as a neutral observer.

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    Hunter Huntsman 31
    Australia2 months ago
  • Substitute Host Unrelentingly Partisan

    Whoever the host was for the January 10, 2024 episode was so gratingly and transparently left leaning it bled into the interview, so much so that the guy wasn’t even allowed to make his point. He’s an elected official, even if we don’t agree with his politics. I typically like Jake and also appreciate that center-right folks aren’t really welcome on most news platforms (including the lionshare of CNN shows), so perhaps this review really reads like a triumph for this host. Anyways, unfollowing... more

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    United States2 months ago

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