October 21st, 2014
09:28 PM ET

Transcript: CNN and WJXT-TV Host Florida Gubernatorial Debate

CNN and WJXT-TV in Florida partnered to host the nationally televised debate between gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The debate was moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper and aired on CNN at 7p.m. (ET). WJXT's anchor and reporter Kent Justice co-moderated the one-hour debate. The debate will re-air on CNN at 11p.m. (ET).

Please credit all usage to CNN and/or CNN's Jake Tapper

Transcript from Debate:

ANNOUNCER: Tonight, the final debate in the Florida governor's race. One of the closest, most negative, and most important contests of the year. Republican Rick Scott is fighting to keep his job.

GOV. RICK SCOTT (R), FLORIDA: Let's keep working.

ANNOUNCER: He's a former Tea Party darling backed by the GOP establishment he once ran against.

CHARLIE CRIST (D), FLORIDA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDIATE: Governor Scott has delivered to the people of this state.

ANNOUNCER: Democrat Charlie Crist is fighting to reclaim his old job.


October 20th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

US Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with CNN's Evan Perez

CNN’s Evan Perez sat down with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss Ferguson, national security and Leon Panetta’s recent criticism of President Obama.  Holder also took time to reflect on his time as Attorney General and one of the longest serving members of the Obama administration.  The interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5  p.m. E.T.

Please credit all usage to CNN’s Evan Perez

Highlights from the interview are available after the jump.

October 10th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Gay Republican congressional candidate accused of sexual harassment

By Chris Frates and Scott Zamost, CNN

San Diego (CNN) – Charges of sexual misconduct, plagiarism and burglary have pitted a former staffer against a high-profile congressional candidate just weeks before the midterm elections.

The drama is unfolding in a city that just weathered a sexual harassment scandal ending the career of its Democratic mayor. The latest accusations by a former campaign aide could derail the career of up-and-coming Republican Carl DeMaio.

In a story of charges and counter charges, the one constant is this: they both insist the other is lying.

DeMaio has won national name recognition as a "new generation Republican," calling on his party to ditch social issues and winning plaudits for helping the Grand Old Party shed what many see as its intolerant image.

The openly gay, former San Diego city councilman has won support from GOP heavyweights like Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and even former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

But behind the scenes, things are much messier. DeMaio's former campaign policy director is accusing the candidate of sexual harassment, even saying DeMaio masturbated in front of him. DeMaio vehemently denies the allegations, saying they're the cover story of a plagiarist and suspected criminal.

This is not the first time DeMaio has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior. Last year, a fellow city councilman said he twice caught DeMaio masturbating in a city hall restroom - an allegation DeMaio denied.


October 6th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
October 3rd, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Father of NBC cameraman diagnosed with Ebola talks with CNN's Jake Tapper

DR. MITCHELL LEVY, FATHER OF EBOLA PATIENT TELLS CNN'S JAKE TAPPER:"You realize the degree to which the health care system in Liberia is completely overwhelmed, people outside clinics with no room to get in, outside makeshift tents with no access to intravenous fluids and literally dying on the streets.
And Ashoka, for the two or three weeks that he was there, when I would talk with him, would tell us with heartbreaking poignancy watching people just die in the streets because they couldn't get fluids. And I think that is what his hope was in going, was to really shed light on that and the plight the Liberian people are experiencing, both socially and culturally through the Ebola epidemic."

Please credit — CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper

A full program transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/cg.html.

August 13th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

U.S. weighs options to rescue Yazidis

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on what options the U.S. has if President Obama orders a rescue mission to save the Yazidis.

July 16th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

In interview with CNN, O'Malley defends call with White House on immigrant kids

(CNN) – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley defended his criticism of Obama administration plans to return thousands of undocumented children to Central America, even after his remarks sparked a heated discussion with a senior White House official.

In an interview with CNN, O'Malley acknowledged that he asked White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz that the immigrants not be sent to a site in western Maryland that was under consideration.

"What I said was that would not be the most inviting site in Maryland. There are already hundreds of kids already located throughout Maryland," O'Malley said of his phone conversation with Munoz.


July 14th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Fmr. U.S. Mideast envoy: Kerry was naive

Sec. Kerry was naive to announce a bid to reach a peace deal in nine months last July, says Gen. Anthony Zinni (Ret.).

June 4th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Bergdahl's former squad leader: He did not serve with honor and distinction

(CNN) – When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl first joined his squad in Afghanistan, he was a "good soldier," says former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gerleve, Bergdahl's former squad leader.

"He listened to what we needed to do, and got done what he was asked to do. He was willing to train, and always asked a lot of questions on what needed to happen," says Gerleve.

But the former Army staff sergeant says he believes Bergdahl "totally deserted not only his fellow soldiers, but also his leadership."

According to firsthand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl shed his weapons and walked off the observation post with nothing more than a compass, a knife, water, a digital camera and a diary.


May 29th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Rep. Steve Israel on Shinseki: "He should reisgn, in my view"

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) tells CNN’s Jake Tapper Eric Shinseki should resign, but resignation alone will not solve the problem.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

Full Transcript of the interview is available after the jump


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