March 11th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Former CIA official: I'd 'bet a heavy paycheck' against Flight 370 being terrorism

(CNN) – Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is coming to the U.S. and will meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, as upheaval in Ukraine has spiraled into an increasingly tense dispute between Russia and the West.

But it seems like Ukraine's Crimea is already lost, as former defense secretary Robert Gates told Fox News Sunday; Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely not going to withdraw Russian troops from there the southern peninsula.

So what is the end game now?

"It's a little bit too negative to say that Crimea is lost," said president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass. "We've got to give it a little more time. For all we know, Russians are going to feel the effects of the sanctions, of some of their diplomatic isolation."


January 31st, 2014
06:55 AM ET

CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal," he said.

Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions - with a pen or phone - if a divided Congress won't or can't act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.

But in an exclusive interview airing Friday on CNN, the President insists he has not recalibrated his ambitions.

"In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we've got a divided government right now," Obama said.

"The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine. And in that kind of environment, what I don't want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation. We've all got to work together to continue to provide an opportunity for the next generation."


January 30th, 2014
04:22 PM ET
CNN’s Jake Tapper to Interview President Barack Obama
January 28th, 2014
11:12 PM ET

CNN’s Jake Tapper to Interview President Barack Obama

CNN anchor Jake Tapper will talk exclusively with President Obama about a wide range of topics, including the economy, immigration, jobs, national security and foreign policy. This will be the president’s first interview coming off of tonight’s State of the Union address.

Tapper’s interview will air Friday, Jan. 31 on New Day, which begins at 6 a.m., ET and during The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m., ET.

Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined CNN in January 2013.  His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. Tapper joined CNN from ABC News, where he covered President Obama extensively as senior White House correspondent and congressional correspondent. While at ABC News, Tapper was honored with the Merriman Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage for three consecutive years. FULL POST

November 13th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

Sarah Palin talks with CNN's Jake Tapper about her path to faith

Sarah Palin shares that she is a born again Christian, and talks about her fight against the "war on Christmas."

CNN’s Jake Tapper Secures Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Election Day Interview with Gov. Christie
November 4th, 2013
04:22 PM ET

CNN’s Jake Tapper Secures Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Election Day Interview with Gov. Christie

CNN anchor Jake Tapper will travel to New Jersey to spend Election Day with Gov. Chris Christie on the campaign trail on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tapper will chronicle the governor’s daily campaign events—from casting his vote to his election night party—and sit down with the governor for an exclusive interview. Tapper will anchor his weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper from the Christie headquarters at 4 p.m. ET, and will also host a special Election Night 2013 program to analyze the day’s results at 11 p.m. ET.

Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and chief national correspondent John King will provide the latest election updates during the network's regular programming.

In addition to the 6:30 p.m. edition of Crossfire, hosts Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will return at 11:30 p.m. ET to debate the winners and losers from Election Day. The duo will also discuss what the election results mean for the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.

Follow @JakeTapper for the latest from his Christie interview and visit for additional information.


October 31st, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Sen. Menendez to CNN's Jake Tapper: "...Syria's becoming the Somalia of the Middle East and attracting an all-star cast of violent extremists."

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to CNN’s Jake Tapper –  “It seems that we're having meetings about how we get to meetings in Geneva, while Syria's becoming the Somalia of the Middle East and attracting an all-star cast of violent extremists.  And it's beyond my imagination that, at this stage, we don't have a comprehensive plan to try to get Syria into a different track, when we have all of the consequences to the region, to our allies, and to our own national security because of Syria ultimately becoming a breeding ground for terrorists.

A full transcript of The Lead with Jake Tapper will be posted on


October 28th, 2013
03:37 PM ET

Dick Cheney to CNN's Jake Tapper on Edward Snowden: I think he's a traitor...I hope we can catch him at some point

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with former Vice President Dick Cheney to discuss his new book Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, NSA spying, his daughter's Wyoming Senate race and more. This interview will air today on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. ET. A preview from the interview is below.

Please credit all usage to CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper


The Lead Blog: Dick Cheney on latest NSA disclosure, spying on allies: You never know what you're going to need, when you need it
October 10th, 2013
05:02 PM ET

Rep. Lankford to CNN's Jake Tapper about Obamacare: "That's currently off the table, we understand that."

Ahead of the GOP leadership meeting with Pres. Obama, CNN's Jake Tapper spoke with Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) about the federal government shutdown and current negotiations.

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