May 5th, 2015
04:58 PM ET

Baltimore police commissioner "surprised" by charges

In an exclusive interview with Evan Perez, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts speaks out for the first time

April 30th, 2015
06:12 PM ET

O'Malley: "This is one of our darkest days"

Part two of Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

April 30th, 2015
05:24 PM ET

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reacts to citizens' critisism

Part one of Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

April 14th, 2015
06:12 PM ET

Sen. Marco Rubio: Never assume every Hispanic has to vote for me

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to discuss his upcoming campaign and the latest on the Iran nuclear deal. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

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Marco Rubio on immigration, economics, same-sex marriage

The full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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December 4th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Homeland Security chief: No carry-on bag ban 'at this time'

Washington (CNN) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says airport security officials are not considering a ban on carry-on luggage "at this time."

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "The Lead," Johnson was asked about a National Public Radio report that counter-terrorism officials are considering implementing a Transportation Security Administration ban on carry-on bags at airports.

The report cited concerns that al Qaeda could be planning attacks on major airlines in Europe before the Christmas holiday. Johnson said the department continues to focus on security, particularly at airports overseas, so as not to burden the traveling public.

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November 14th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Ex-SEAL describes night Osama bin Laden was killed

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

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November 12th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Parts of Jon Stewart's new movie 'Rosewater' actually filmed in Iran

(CNN) – Comedian Jon Stewart's job, for decades, has been to make people laugh.

For 15 years Stewart has been mocking politicians and the media as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." So the first film Stewart has written and directed might be something of a surprise for his fans. "Rosewater" is a deadly serious drama about Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was thrown in prison for reporting on 2009's so-called Green Movement.

When Stewart told people he wanted to do it, his team thought it was a little crazy.

Bahari, portrayed in the film by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, appeared on "The Daily Show" just days before his arrest. He spent 118 days in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, where he was repeatedly interrogated and tortured.

Even though interrogators used "The Daily Show" skit as evidence of Bahari's work as a spy, it likely didn't play a major role in Bahari being jailed, says Stewart.

"You have to view it in the context of what was happening in the country at that time," he said. "Maziar stood in as a perfect hub because he's someone who has connections to many of the reformists within the country."

And that's the story the film tells.
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November 10th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Why did N. Korea release detainees now?

Two Americans who spent months imprisoned in North Korea are back on U.S. soil after Kim Jong Un ordered their release. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

November 3rd, 2014
06:41 PM ET

False and shocking political ads: The worst of the worst

(CNN) – Voters can't turn on a TV these days without hearing a narrator in a deep baritone telling you all the reasons why casting a vote for one political candidate over another could potentially destroy all that is good and righteous in this country.

And while Americans have grown accustomed to negative ads in the heat of an election season, what never gets old is just how far ads are willing to go to shock voters, and in some cases just flat-out lie to them.

The Washington Post's Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler waded knee-deep into the muck to weed out what he called the most "fact-challenged" ads of the 2014 midterms. He shares his top three with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," and CNN's chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash singles out her top three shockers on the airwaves.

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:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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.

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