May 26th, 2014
07:31 AM ET
12 months ago

Hagel on VA scandal: 'It makes me sick to my stomach'

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Jake Tapper that the scandal surrounding the VA involving delayed care for several veterans in need is upsetting.

"It makes me sick to my stomach," Hagel said. "Because it is a clear responsibility we have as a country, as a people, to take care of these men and women and their families who sacrificed so much."


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • The Lead • Veterans Affairs
May 7th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Gowdy: CIA director Morell wasn't telling the truth about no political pressure in Benghazi hearing

For more of our interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Former acting Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morell testified before the House Intelligence Committee last month, saying the Benghazi CIA station chief e-mailed three possibilities for what had motivated the 2012 attack: the anniversary of 9/11, revenge for the death of a senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan, and an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.

Morell also denied any kind of cover-up or political influence behind the edits he made to those now-infamous talking points used by the White House.


Filed under: The Lead
For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide
April 24th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
1 year ago

For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

(CNN) – For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.

"It's a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government's gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation's archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.


Filed under: President Obama • The Lead
April 18th, 2014
05:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


Filed under: Bob Corker • The Lead
February 5th, 2014
12:12 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN exclusive: John Kerry a 'no' for 2016

For more of CNN's exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - While his predecessor Hillary Clinton and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another White House run, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016.

"I'm out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


Filed under: 2016 • John Kerry • The Lead
January 30th, 2014
04:03 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others pledge help for long-term jobless

Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) - The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies, signing on to a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed.

"What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.


Filed under: President Obama • The Lead
December 12th, 2013
04:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi to Democrats on budget deal: 'Embrace the suck'

(CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her caucus in a meeting Wednesday to "embrace the suck" over a bipartisan budget deal reached earlier this week that the House is set to vote on Thursday evening.

The phrase sums up well how her party feels about the deal, Pelosi told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Filed under: Budget • Nancy Pelosi • The Lead
November 12th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Sarah Palin: Bill Clinton was right about Obama, he wasn't ready

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin doesn't agree with former President Bill Clinton too often – unless it comes to criticizing President Barack Obama.

In an interview with CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Palin recalled statements Clinton made during the Democratic primary, when he was stumping for his wife, Hillary, in the 2008 campaign.


Filed under: Obamacare • Sarah Palin • The Lead
November 12th, 2013
04:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Sarah Palin 'taken aback' by Pope Francis's 'liberal' statements

Sarah Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media's interpretation of his message.

"He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me," said Palin. But "unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media."


Filed under: Sarah Palin • The Lead
November 12th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin on ‘sexism’ and Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie's 'extreme' appearance

If Hillary Clinton ran for president, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would obviously not vote for her.

But she did sympathize with the former Secretary of State, and has some advice for any woman seeking the White House.

"She can expect that sexism, but you overcome it. You ignore it. You thicken your skin, you march forward with your agenda, your priorities, what you think is right," said Palin.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Sarah Palin • The Lead
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