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.

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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.

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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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May 28th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Tony Blinken: Obama finds latest VA report 'deeply troubling'

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with National Deputy Security Advisor Tony Blinken about President Obama's reaction to the latest report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

Blinken on White House response to latest report: “Just before coming to talk to you, it's my understanding that Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, briefed the president on this interim report.  My understanding is the president found the findings of the interim report deeply troubling. He has already urged the V.A.  To move out now on making sure that veterans have the access and care that they need, not to wait for the findings of interim reports or final reports.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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May 28th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Rep. Jeff Miller calls for Shinseki's resgination

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs US Congressman Jeff Miller (R., Fla.)   about his calling for the resignation of Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

 

Full Transcript available after the jump.

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May 27th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Rear Adm. Kirby on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: "it's not a hard out"

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby about President Obama’s announcement regarding U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

A full transcript is available after the jump.

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May 27th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Why would soldiers 'miss' war?

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with American journalist, author and documentarian Sebastian Junger about his new documentary Korengal, which explores the psychological effects of war on soldiers.  The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

A full transcript is available after the jump.

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May 15th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

How can Obama still have confidence in Shinseki? WH chief of staff answers

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is standing by Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who is under fire after veterans died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals.

"Shinseki has dedicated his life to the armed forces of the United States, to the defense of this country," White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

But it was Shinseki who put out a new order saying that any new applicants to the VA for primary care need to be seen within 14 days. Many critics wondered at the time if the VA was capable of meeting that target. Several VA hospitals are now under fire for cooking the books on wait times.

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