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).

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 21st, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Florida debate: Immigration, climate change

GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist tackle the big issues in their final debate.

October 6th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
October 6th, 2014
03:33 PM ET

CNN HOSTS JOURNEY TO FIND THEIR “ROOTS”

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“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET

Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met. FULL POST

CNN TO HOST 2014 DEBATES
October 6th, 2014
12:25 PM ET

CNN TO HOST 2014 DEBATES

As we head into the final stretch of the election season, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will showcase the network’s America’s Choice 2014 coverage as they moderate debates for two of the nation’s most hotly contested races.

CNN is partnering with local affiliates WJXT-TV in Florida for the gubernatorial showdown between Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The network is also teaming up with the recently launched NH1 News / WBIN-TV in New Hampshire for the U.S. Senatorial debate between Scott Brown (R) and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

During each broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following each debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers.

More debate details are below: FULL POST

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