The Lead with Jake Tapper

By The Lead with Jake Tapper | In depth news and analysis on today's leads - from politics to money, sports and popular culture. Curated by The Lead team and CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Why David Letterman grew that bushy, white beard

Papa Smurf, Hershel Greene from The Walking Dead? Or is it David Letterman?

The big beard isn't sprouting from his face because David Letterman thinks …

David Letterman

Jeb Bush: The man who killed Trump's casino dreams

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump openly boasts that he donates to politicians so he can exact favors from them after they reach office.

He did so for Jeb Bush in 1998, holding a high-dollar fundraiser for the gubernatorial candidate in Trump Tower and shelling out $50,000 to the Florida Republican …

Jeb Bush

Obama before three hour boat tour of Resurrection Bay in Alaska. http://t.co/jA8T7P59B3

Gaza could become 'uninhabitable' by 2020, UN report warns - Middle East

A new United Nations report says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue.

The report released …

Gaza

Comedian, Roger Stone pair up for Donald Trump music video

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump has been inspiring comedians since before he launched his presidential bid, but now one comic has put the larger-than-life campaign to music.

Comedian and two-time Miami Beach mayoral candidate Steve Berke croons that Trump is "in your head" in his in his latest parody …

Donald Trump

CNN ranks #2 in cable news, "New Day" tops "Morning Joe" in demo for August

CNN RANKS 2ND IN CABLE NEWS FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

New Day Beats Morning Joe for 14th Straight Month;

Joe Finishes Last in Cable News in Demo Again, Behind HLN and CNN

State of the Union with Jake Tapper is Up vs. A Year Ago

CNN Original Series Rank Either #1 or #2 in Time Period

For the 14th straight …

Jake Tapper

CNN amends GOP debate criteria

CNN amends GOP debate criteria for the September 16th debate, please view the full story here.

Republican Party

Fox Lake, Illinois. slain officer identified as Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. http://t.co/QHwiy3mhZs

Police chief weighs in on murder spike in St. Louis

Policing

Cops searching for 3 suspects involved in cop shooting

Policing

Police identify officer killed near Chicago

Policing

What's behind murder spike in major cities across U.S.?

Cities

Stocks start September with dramatic dive

Stocks

FIRST PHOTOS: Meet The Muppets' Kermit the Frog's New Girlfriend Denise

Well, that didn't take long.

It's been less than month since Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy announced they were splitting after four decades together, but it appears the plush amphibian has already moved on.

Kermit, who is still working with Miss Piggy on her late-night talk show Up Late with Miss

Kermit the Frog

President McKinley's assassin, executed in 1901 http://t.co/JYQJIIGf2e

Chris Christie might 'go nuclear' in next GOP debate

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talks about the next GOP debate on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

Republican Party

James Bond new book Trigger Mortis written by Anthony Horowitz: This is something I have wanted to do all my life

Skyfall? ‘Never liked it.’ Idris Elba? ‘Too ‘‘street’’ to play 007.’ Ian Fleming’s stories? ‘A bit slow.’ the writer tells why his new Bond novel …

EXCLUSIVE: Petraeus explains how jihadists could be peeled away to fight ISIS -- and Assad

Washington (CNN) — It was an arresting headline in The Daily Beast on Monday: "Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS." The report didn't quote retired Gen. David Petraeus directly, but suggested he had told associates that he supports using "so-called moderate members of al Qaeda's Nusra …

Middle East