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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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.

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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.

Twitter Q & A: CNN's Jake Tapper answers your midterm election questions
November 3rd, 2014
02:29 PM ET

Twitter Q & A: CNN's Jake Tapper answers your midterm election questions

Watch CNN's election night coverage, Tuesday, November 4, starting at 5 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Our very own Jake Tapper took to Twitter Monday afternoon, answering your key questions on the 2014 midterm elections. Check out the conversations here. 


Topics: Election Night • Jake Tapper
October 28th, 2014
03:44 PM ET

CNN Reporters in Full Force for 2014 Midterm Election Coverage

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  Network Brings Magic Wall to Viewers’ Fingertips

Empire State Building to Display CNN’s Election Results

With the U.S. Senate up for grabs, CNN’s Election Night in America will provide viewers with the most comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute election results from all the key states and races across the country and from the Election Center in Washington. From Alaska to Iowa to Georgia, CNN’s unmatched political reporters will delve deep into the races that are pivotal in determining the power shift in the U.S. Senate.

CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will headline the network’s coverage, beginning at 5 p.m., along with chief Washington correspondent and anchor Jake Tapper providing political expertise and analysis on gubernatorial projections and candidate speeches throughout the evening. Chief national correspondent John King will once again utilize the “CNN Magic Wall,” featuring new advancements that include improved visual performance and graphics customized to communicate data results in real-time. Kicking off the day’s Election coverage, Early Start anchors John Berman and Christine Romans will begin special coverage at 5 a.m., followed by New Day with Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota at 6 a.m. Throughout the day, more than two-dozen reporters will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at where voters cast their ballots and where the votes are counted. Viewers will also get a peek inside campaign headquarters across the country of more than a dozen candidates.
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Topics: CNN • Jake Tapper • Wolf Blitzer
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).

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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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