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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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March 18th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Michael Bloomberg: Crusader or meddling nanny?

He is the most powerful mayor in the nation, and if New York's Michael Bloomberg is starting to feel the limits of his reach, he's not showing it. He has aggressively attempted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, championed gun control, and today he's going after one of his favorite targets: big tobacco, announcing a new initiative to force stores to hide cigarettes, keeping them out-of-sight, and hopefully out-of-mind, for New Yorkers.

"Everybody understands smoking kills, and particularly the most vulnerable need our help," says Bloomberg. The mayor's proposal is trying to "de-glamorize" cigarettes, and remind consumers that cigarettes are not "normal" products.
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March 18th, 2013
05:05 PM ET

#You're it: Hosting tips for Jake Tapper

The Lead's Jake Tapper asked comedian Stephen Colbert for advice on anchoring a show. We asked you to tweet us your hosting tips. Our thanks to @learninfromu, @cynicallongkat, and @revmikecohen for their tweets.

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March 18th, 2013
08:30 AM ET

Lead, led, or lede? Stephen Colbert on Jake Tapper's new show

The Lead with Jake Tapper starts Monday, March 18th.

Comedian Stephen Colbert talks with CNN's Jake Tapper, and seeks some pronunciation guidance on the title of the CNN anchor's new show.


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5 reasons to watch The Lead with Jake Tapper

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March 18th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

5 reasons to watch The Lead with Jake Tapper

The Lead starts today, Monday, March 18th at 4 p.m. ET.

1) We've got a great line-up of guests for our debut show: Stephen Colbert, Lebron James, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

2) It's not your typical Washington, D.C. show - sure we've got politics, but we will also cover the most important topics at the 4 p.m. hour: world stories, national, business, sports, and pop culture.

3) You could be on the show - watch for the #YOU'RE IT segment, submit your response, and your tweet could be on-air.

4) The Lead looks into under reported stories in our segment The Buried Lead - bringing buried stories to the forefront.

5) Jake Tapper will speed-sketch a political cartoon on-air, while simultaneously texting, tweeting, and emailing news. Just kidding - but he could, because he's that good.

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