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CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, 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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Commuter Rail Coalition Vice Chair Mike Noland (South Shore Line) and Director of Government Affairs John Cline (Cline Strategic Consulting) discuss how the decidedly unsexy issue of excess liability insurance has become an existential threat to commuter railroads with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. They also share the innovative …
 
Sources: Biden intensely preparing for Putin summit; WH: Biden held meeting with Russia experts to prepare for Putin summit; Biden tells allies: America is back; Biden-Putin meeting likely to last 4-5 hours; No meals planned; Biden and Putin agree: relations at a “low point”; Kremlin: unsure if Biden, Putin will meet without aides; WH officials: Bi…
 
Biden hopes for NATO springboard ahead of Putin summit; Biden reassures NATO allies: “the United States is there”; Biden: “rock solid, unshakeable commitment” to NATO article that an attack on one ally is an attack on all; Sources: Biden preparing intensely for Putin’s tactics; Biden: will “make clear” to Putin that “we can cooperate if he chooses”…
 
Biden, other G7 leaders meet with queen, senior royals; Biden invokes WWII: U.S. will "build a new arsenal" to fight COVID; Biden, G7 leaders address COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, threat from Russia & China; No joint news conference expected after Biden-Putin meeting next week; One-on-one with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki; Biden on me…
 
Biden: U.S. will buy, donate 500m doses Pfizer vaccine; Biden prepares for crucial face-to-face with Putin; Biden meets with key allies before crucial Putin summit; U.S. hopes to agree on ambassadors retuning to Moscow, DC; Moderna asks FDA to authorize its vaccine for children ages 12-17; U.S. over 42% fully vaccinated, almost 52% partially vaccin…
 
Biden starts first overseas trip, meeting with G7 & NATO before high-stakes Putin summit; Biden agenda held up by bipartisan hurdles; GOP negotiators: no new taxes to pay for infrastructure; Warren: “it’s time to move forward” without GOP on infrastructure; “Problem Solvers” caucus unveils $1.25T infrastructure proposal; Biden’s infrastructure plan…
 
Biden wraps upcall with lead GOP negotiator on infrastructure; Bipartisan senate group working on new infrastructure plan; Democrats confront reality of narrowly split congress; Sen. Capito’s office: Biden’s call with lead GOP negotiator on infrastructure lasted 5 minutes; Dem senator: Time to “move on from bipartisanship”; Growing number of Dems c…
 
CN President and CEO JJ Ruest and Kansas City Southern President and CEO Pat Ottensmeyer discuss the two railroads’ pending merger in detail with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. How confident are the two chief executives that the Surface Transportation Board will approve their jointly filed voting trust application? What will the c…
 
Biden faces huge tests on infrastructure, allies abroad; Biden, GOP billions of dollars apart on infrastructure; Progressives lose patience with Biden & GOP talks; Manchin tanks Dems’ hopes of passing sweeping election reform bill; Manchin: partisan voting bills will “destroy” our democracy; Manchin vows to block Dems’ election reform, preserve fil…
 
Biden views cyberattacks as a “rising national security concern”; Biden to confront Putin about cyberattacks in upcoming summit; Biden wraps call with top GOP negotiator; Will talk infrastructure again on Monday; Biden faces critical moment in infrastructure negotiations; Biden uses job report to stress need for infrastructure deal; Biden: Now is t…
 
Locomotive engineers have been qualified and trained with simulation technology for years. Through technology, the opportunity to leverage simulation beyond locomotive engineers is quickly emerging. Heartwood scratched the surface by developing a virtual simulation platform to certify Transportation and Mechanical employees in conducting 49 CFR Par…
 
WH plans to distribute 80m+ doses globally by end of June; Fauci: “cautiously optimistic” about vaccinating kids under 12 by Thanksgiving; Arizona audit observers find massive security problems; Report: Trump believes he will be reinstated along with former AZ Sen. Martha McSally; Former Adviser: Trump listening to election conspiracies from “The b…
 
Biden declares June “month of action” to meet vaccine goal; CDC: 12 states have met goal to vaccinate 70% of adults with at least one shot by July 4; TX Republicans claim provision which would have harmed “souls to the polls” events was a typo; Ransomware attacks take major U.S. companies, infrastructure offline, holding internal networks hostage u…
 
CDC: 50.5% of total population is partially vaccinated; Study: Ending precautions early could cause increased virus spread; Las Vegas fully reopens to 100% capacity; Biden: I’m the first president in 100 years to come to “Acknowledge The Truth” of what took place in Tulsa; Biden: We’re here to shine a light, to make sure America knows the story in …
 
Texas Gov pledges to bring back voting bill in special session; Texas democrats block new voting restrictions, for now; Dems say TX voting law unfairly targets people of color; Michael Flynn appears to suggest there should be a Myanmar-Style coup in the United States; Biden’s week shifts from reflection to negotiation; Biden reflects on son beau, a…
 
Six republicans side with Dems on Jan 6 commission; vote fails; Mother & partner of fallen capitol officer react to senate republicans blocking insurrection commission; Partner of fallen officer: “very disappointed” with failed vote; Partner of fallen Officer Sicknick’s plea to lawmakers: “the time to do something is now”; Mother of fallen officer:…
 
GOP leaders confident they will defeat Jan 6 commission bill today; McConnell asks senate republicans to vote no on Jan 6 commission as “a personal favor”; Manchin will not break GOP filibuster on commission bill: “I’m not ready to destroy our government”; Padilla calls for gun law reform after San Jose attack; Two arrested after alleged Anti-Semit…
 
Ohio gov: 45% jump in vaccinations after $1m lottery offer; Senate expected to vote on “endless frontier” bill to boost competition with China; Biden tasks U.S. intel community to report on Covid origins in 90 days; Officials give update on deadly mass shooting in San Jose To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy…
 
Minnesota Gov. leads moment of silence in honor of George Floyd for 9 mins, 29 secs; Floyd family discussed police reform with members of congress, met privately with president Biden; Pres. Biden & VP Harris meet with George Floyd’s family one year since his murder; Negotiators optimistic for deal on George Floyd justice in policing bill; Sticking …
 
CDC: nearly 50% of all U.S. adults are fully vaccinated; CDC: 25 states & DC have fully vaccinated at least 50% of adults; U.S. cases & deaths drop to lowest levels since last summer; NJ to lift most mask & social distancing requirements Friday; CNN: Wuhan lab illnesses raise new questions about COVID origins; CNN: several Wuhan lab scientists hosp…
 
Violent skirmishes threaten fragile Middle East ceasefire; Biden credits his team’s “quiet and relentless diplomacy” for helping broker a ceasefire between Israel, Hamas; Sources: Biden believes close relationship with Israel’s Netanyahu helped him negotiate ceasefire; Soon: Biden speaks after meeting with South Korean president; Gaza in shambles a…
 
New bodycam video shows Ronald Greene kicked, tased, dragged; 2019 police report never detailed the use of force; Lawsuit: Police told Greene’s mother her son died in crash after his car hit a tree; McCarthy says “sure” he would testify if Jan. 6 commission bill passes; Dems mull forming select committee to investigate Jan. 6 as bipartisan support …
 
Soon: House votes on commission to investigate insurrection; GOP leaders in January: McConnell said Trump “provoked” the Capitol mob, McCarthy said Trump “bears responsibility”; Trump relocates for the summer to New Jersey golf club; Rep. Jayapal calls for ceasefire & U.S. delaying arms sale to Israel; House Dems introduce legislation to block $735…
 
MidRail LLC Chairman Gil Lamphere offers his views on the competition between Canadian Pacific and CN to acquire Kansas City Southern, discussing the details of voting trusts and the role of the Surface Transportation Board, and other railroad merger-related issues, with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. Lamphere has nearly 40 years …
 
Biden declines to take a question on Israel at Ford event; Israeli Prime Minister says operations will continue “as necessary”; Ninth day of violence between Israel and Hamas; Israeli warplanes pound Gaza as Hamas rocket fire resumes; WH pushes “quiet and intensive diplomacy” amid escalating violence; Sen. Kaine: publicly calling for a ceasefire is…
 
U.S. record lowest number of new daily cases since March 2020; CDC’s abrupt reversal on mask guidance sparks confusion; CDC director: new mask guidance relies on “honor system”; CVS joins other major retailers in dropping mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers; CDC director: working on updated summer camp guidance; NY to drop mask mandate…
 
New CDC guidelines under review in 16 states with mask mandates; Hawaii among 16 states to keep mask mandates for now; DHS: fully vaccinated federal employees no longer need to wear masks in federal buildings; Kroger, Home Depot, Starbucks among retailers keeping mask riles in place; Poll: 42% of republicans unwilling to get COVID vaccine; Talladeg…
 
Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel, Executive Vice President Operations Mark Redd and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer​​​John Brooks discuss CP’s proposed merger with Kansas City Southern with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. Podcast Sponsored by Trinity Rail.…
 
Biden after new CDC mask guidance: It's a good day for the country; CDC Dir. to Dr. Gupta: Science was clear to loosen mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans; TSA requiring masks on planes, trains & buses until Sept. 13; Source: McCarthy hoped Cheney would resign before vote; Cheney doesn't rule out a run for president against Trump; Cheney: …
 
Acting defense secy didn’t speak with Trump on Jan. 6; Republicans vote to remove Rep. Cheney from GOP leadership; Rep. Cheney on potential challengers backed by Trump in 2022: “bring it on”; Biden: U.S. on track to get 60% of adults with one shot by next week; Biden speaks after CDC panel endorses Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 yr olds; Biden comments o…
 
Court order allows family to see more footage of Andrew Brown Jr. killing as community demands transparency; Judge’s order restricts Brown’s family to 18 minutes of nearly two hours of body cam footage that exists; Rockets exploding over Tel Aviv as Israel-Hamas conflict worsens; Palestinians claim 30 killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 childre…
 
Colonial Pipeline aims to restore service by week’s end, shutdown fuels fears of surge in gas prices; White House: Colonial Pipeline has not asked Biden admin for cyber support; White House won’t say if pipeline company paid ransom demand; Biden: no evidence Russian govt behind pipeline cyberattack; Fauci: it may be time to ease indoor mask mandate…
 
Biden: “we’re still digging out of an economic collapse”; April jobs report falls way short of economic forecasts; U.S. added 266,000 jobs in April, well below the 1M expected; Treasury secy. admits she expected a better jobs report; Republicans argue some people aren’t looking for work because there’re making more money from unemployment; Montana …
 
Infectious Disease Expert: U.S. is turning the corner on Covid; U.S. Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Hit Lowest In Months; Moderna Head: Vaccine Boosters Likely Needed Every 9-12 Months; Broadway Tickets on sale again, cruises running trial voyages; Poll: Number of Republicans who have gotten, or will get vaccinated up 9% in recent months; Moderna …
 
NFL gives vaccinated fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets; CDC director warns of a possible winter Covid surge; Former president still banned on Facebook; Facebook oversight board keeps ban on Trump’s account, forces Zuckerberg to review decision within six months; Trump, House GOP leaders back Stefanik’s efforts to replace Cheney; McConnell say…
 
FDA expected to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15; Senior house republican” “Liz is gone just a question of how & when”; Sources: It’s over for Cheney in leadership house GOP vote expected on May 12th; House GOP Rep whop supported Cheney: She’s “In real trouble”; Russia launches missile in “Navel exercise,” intimidating Ukraine; Secy Blinken …
 
Romney booed while speaking at Utah’s GOP convention; Trump: nice to see “stone cold loser” Mitt Romney booed; Rep. Cheney’s future with GOP unclear as criticism mounts for speaking out against Trump & the big lie; Cheney: spreading the big lie is poisoning our democratic system; Source: McCarthy “furious” at Cheney for Trump criticism; Trump issue…
 
VP Harris: We have a responsibility to the people of India; Biden admin expected to restricts travel from India starting May 4; One hundred million Americans now fully vaccinated; Moderna to seek FDA vaccine authorization for children ages 12-15; Giuliani denies wrongdoing after FBI raids home & office; TSA extends mask requirement until September …
 
President faces bipartisan pushback over new economic plans; Manchin joins GOP in raising concerns about cost of plans; Biden’s infrastructure, families plans would cost nearly $4T; Biden’s first 100 days show biggest market gains since JFK; Fed Chair: Economy will fully recover when the pandemic is over; New CNN Poll: 44% of Republicans VS. 8% of …
 
One month after Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern announced their intent to merge into CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas City), CN made a counter-offer it said is a “superior proposal” that “will result in a safer, faster, cleaner and stronger railway.” KCS, while moving forward with the CP deal, is now considering CN’s proposal. CN President a…
 
Raid at Giuliani’s apartment & office as Feds advance criminal investigation into his lobbying activity in Ukraine; Only limited amount of lawmakers, no guests allowed in House chamber during Biden’s speech due to pandemic; Judge denies public release of Andrew Brown Jr. body cam video; Capitol tightens security for Biden’s joint address tonight; S…
 
New CNN poll: 77% of Americans satisfied with Chauvin verdict; Majority of Americans agree some changes need to be made to policing; 53% of Americans expect real changes in the way minorities are treated in American society; Both parties express cautious optimism on police reform bill; Biden: vaccinated Americans no longer need a mask outdoors if n…
 
Family attorney calls fatal shooting by deputies an “execution”; Death certificate in Elizabeth City, NC shows Andrew Brown Jr. died of gunshot would to head, shot by others; Elizabeth City, NC prepares for protest tonight as Andrew Brown’s family views body cam video of fatal police shooting; AG Garland announces DOJ investigation into police prac…
 
For the first time, Railway Age and Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. sister publication Marine Log join forces to discuss the global rail and marine intermodal logistics scene with Bill Shea, CEO of DCLI (Direct Chassis Link Inc.) and Chairman of supply chain technology company Blume Global, and Pervinder Johar, Blume Global CEO. They offer their …
 
CDC panel debating whether J&J vaccine is safe for Americans or if it should no longer be administrated; CDC now recommends pregnant women get cover vaccine; Federal prosecutors examine whether Gaetz took gifts, including travel and paid escorts for political favors; Speaker Pelosi’s retirement, “complicated” relationship with “The squad” & tumultu…
 
Daunte Wright’s aunt: why do we have to keep burying our babies?; Ben Crump: too often “traffic stops end up as deadly sentences”; Funeral for Daunte Wright held in Minneapolis; Two more cities on edge after deadly police shootings; In reversal from Trump-era, Biden vows to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030; White House kicks off Earth day wit…
 
Chauvin in restricted housing unit in prison for safety; Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison; Ohio police officer shoots, kills teen girl who appears to lunge at someone with a knife; New poll: 43% of Republicans say they will avoid the vaccine; Biden: Congress needs to pass policing act in honor of Floyd; Senate to vote on anti-Asian hate…
 
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