About the Show

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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

We've moved! Come join us at our new show page.

We've moved! Come join us at our new show page.

world lead

July 8th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Rockets fired into Israel

Jerusalem (CNN) - Israel intercepted a rocket fired at Tel Aviv on Tuesday and killed militants who stormed into Israeli territory, the military said, as people on both sides of the Gaza border were living under a barrage of attacks from the air.

In a dramatic escalation of the conflict, militants fired more than 130 rockets at Israeli civilians, Israel said. Palestinians reported 16 people in Gaza were killed in Israeli airstrikes targeting militants. Israel said it targeted about 150 "terror sites" in Gaza.

FULL POST

Posted by , ,
Filed under: World Lead

buried lead

July 8th, 2014
05:11 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: 65% of U.S. food aid budget not spent on food

Editor's note: Voters and lawmakers often express frustration about the gridlock in this town. Some of it is ideological, sincere difference on issues, but often there are other reasons why things here just don't function. "Why Won't Washington Work" is our series, attempting to shine a light on the reasons, the root causes, behind some of the hurdles to solving problems.

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, and Kim Berryman

Washington (CNN) – International typhoons, hurricanes, and earthquakes leave behind devastating scenes of poverty and need.

If you had about a $1.5 billion every year to send food to such desperate areas, how would you do it?

That is the job of Dr. Rajiv Shah, of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. His goal is to have the flexibility to buy food as close to disaster sites as possible, and get it to those in need as if their lives depended upon it, which they do.
FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under: Buried Lead

politics lead

July 8th, 2014
05:10 PM ET

Sen. Menendez suggests Cuban smear, says U.S. should investigate

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez, who has been dogged by a corruption probe, suggests he was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot about allegations - which the FBI has discounted - that he had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

The New Jersey Democrat told CNN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that the Justice Department should look at any evidence it may have that he was the subject of a conspiracy by the regime to spread false allegations.

FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under: Politics Lead

politics lead

July 8th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Obama and Perry to meet, after much conflict

(CNN) – President Obama will meet Wednesday with Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry, Obama's chief antagonist on the crisis at Perry's border.

What the governor really wanted was not a private meeting, but a public trip, together to the border, to give the President a first-hand look at the effects of thousands of children flooding to the U.S. illegally. Obama will be on a trip to Texas that includes a pair of political fundraisers.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Posted by
Filed under: Politics Lead

national lead

July 8th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

Border Democrat: This immigration crisis didn't just happen recently

(CNN) – The White House is still saying it does not plan to schedule a trip to the border while President Barack Obama visits Texas.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, whose district runs along the U.S.-Mexican border, says the President is one step behind on this issue.

"This just didn't happen last month," Cuellar said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. "It started happening since last year, and maybe even before that. So the administration knew this was going up."
FULL POST

newer posts »