12:12 AM ET, November 19th, 2014

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper Airs Sunday, December 7 at 8PM ET Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star […] Full Post

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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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.
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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.

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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.

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