May 14th, 2015
01:56 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper to Host Letterman Farewell Special

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The CNN Special Report David Letterman Says Goodnight airs May 19th at 9pmET

After nearly 6,000 broadcasts over more than 30 years, David Letterman is saying goodnight to his late-night audience one last time this month.  To help say goodbye to the Top 10 list and Stupid Pet Tricks, CNN’s Jake Tapper will pay tribute to the late-night legend in the one-hour CNN Special Report David Letterman Says Goodnight, airing on Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00pmET.

Tapper will look back on Letterman’s tenure as a critically acclaimed host, examining how he redefined the talk-show genre and battled for the late-night crown against his NBC rival, Jay Leno. Tapper provides an in-depth look at Letterman’s career, with hilarious video clips from Dave’s best moments, as well as through interviews with his peers, many of whom found their comic inspiration by watching Letterman. FULL POST

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.

Please credit all usage to CNN’s Jake Tapper

http://www.cnn.com/shows/the-lead

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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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Some in Bergdahl's platoon undercut his emerging defense
March 30th, 2015
09:31 AM ET

Some in Bergdahl's platoon undercut his emerging defense

Washington (CNN)- U.S. troops who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the day he disappeared told CNN that the emerging "whistleblower" defense being prepared for him makes no sense.

Bergdahl's lawyer is making the case that Bergdahl left his post on foot to report his unit for troubling behavior, but his fellow troops say the platoon was already scheduled to drive back to their Forward Operating Base, or FOB, just hours after his disappearance.

"We were literally going back to the FOB Sharana the next day," then-Sgt. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl's team leader, told CNN. "If for whatever reason Bergdahl had complaints, he could have brought them to the attention of senior officers before our five-day mission, or easily could have waited a few more hours till we returned to the FOB."

Then-Specialist Josh Cornelison, the platoon medic, said the base was "a lengthy drive away from" Observation Post Mest, where Bergdahl was last seen by his fellow troops.

"And he wanted to walk back? Knowing full well how many times we'd been blown up on the way there and back? Everyone knew bad dudes were around and watching us move to and from OP Mest," Cornelison said.

The U.S. Army has yet to make public the investigative report into Bergdahl's disappearance, but on March 25 Bergdahl's defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, released a letter sent to Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding general at U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg. Milley last Wednesday announced his ruling that Bergdahl would face a potential court martial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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CNN to Provide Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Republican Response
January 16th, 2015
11:52 AM ET

CNN to Provide Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Republican Response

Relaunched CNN.com to Host Live Expert Analysis and Interactive Features throughout the Evening

Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7p.m. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill. 

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Joni Ernst (IA), will follow the President’s address.

Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by Gloria Borger, John King, Michael Smerconish, along with the network’s political contributors. Jim Acosta will provide updates from the White House and Dana Bash will report live from the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Tom Foreman will offer a reality check of the President’s remarks live from the virtual studio. The entire evening’s analysis can also be viewed at CNN.com/go by logging in through a cable or satellite provider.

The freshly redesigned CNN.com and mobile app will concurrently host enterprise analysis and live coverage of the evening, including a social stream on CNNPolitics.com with commentary and interactive gaming. CNN’s social media accounts will engage with viewers using the #CNNSOTU hashtag, and Peter Hamby’s Hambycast will stream live on CNN.com beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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Jake Tapper: I'm ashamed by U.S. leaders' absence in Paris
January 12th, 2015
11:34 AM ET

Jake Tapper: I'm ashamed by U.S. leaders' absence in Paris

"Thank you," said the man. I was standing outside of the offices of Charlie Hebdo covering the aftermath of the terrorist attacks for CNN. He was thanking me just for being here, just for covering the event and its aftermath, what Le Monde referred to as France's September 11. And his appreciation was echoed by French citizen after French citizen.

The rally Sunday for unity drew 1.5 million people in Paris and more than twice that nationwide; it was like nothing I've ever seen or covered. Our nation's oldest ally stood firm. A young Muslim Frenchwoman held a sign saying "Je suis Juif." FULL POST


Topics: Jake Tapper
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.

http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/

 

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