November 14th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Examining former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill's interview about the Bin Laden raid

Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill claims that he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. His account of the Abbottabad raid has triggered intense outrage and it is being disputed by some of his comrades in SEAL Team Six.

Robert O'Neill spoke to The Lead's Jake Tapper today, detailing his version of the raid and he addressed the backlash that came after going public with his story.

John Berman looked at the interview and discussed it with Jake, along with former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

Robert O'Neill also responded to criticism from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Secretary Panetta did not mince words on the issue, saying that SEALs are bound by their promise not to reveal details about sensitive operations without clearance from the Pentagon. Secretary Panetta went on to say breaking that promise compromises the military's ability to go after America's enemies.

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Filed under: Jake Tapper • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
Get ready for the State of the Union with AC360
January 28th, 2014
01:47 PM ET

Get ready for the State of the Union with AC360

AC360 is live from Washington at 8pm E.T. with everything you need to know for tonight's State of the Union.

Anderson will be joined by Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper. They will be speaking with some of the biggest names in politics.  Their guests include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.

Join in the conversation by tweeting with #CNNSOTU.

Click here for the latest reaction on CNN's political ticker.

Click here for the latest State of the Union coverage.

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Filed under: Jake Tapper • State of the Union • Wolf Blitzer
January 14th, 2014
11:16 PM ET

Christie: ‘Mistakes were clearly made’

In his State of the State address today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal right out of the gate: “Last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve.” Paul Begala, Rick Lazio, and CNN’s Jake Tapper discuss Gov. Christie’s remarks and the recent controversy over how Hurricane Sandy relief funds were spent.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Jake Tapper • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
November 5th, 2013
11:36 PM ET

Does Chris Christie's victory set the stage for a White House run?

Chris Christie won a second term as New Jersey's Governor in a landslide victory over his Democratic opponent. But even before voters went to the polls, there was plenty of talk a presidential run could be next. Jake Tapper, Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley and Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger discuss what's next for Chris Christie.

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Filed under: Candy Crowley • Chris Christie • Gloria Borger • Jake Tapper
October 17th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

What’s in the budget bill?

We know Congress voted last night to reinstate government funding through January 15, and push back the debt ceiling deadline until February 7. But that's not all that was in the 35-page bill. So what else was in there? Jake Tapper breaks it down.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Jake Tapper • Keeping Them Honest
February 20th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Exclusive interview with Reeva Steenkamp's brother

Reeva Steenkamp's family is mourning the loss of the former model who was shot to death in the home of her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Tonight Steenkamp's brother, Adam, reflects on his sister's life and talks about what he and other relatives knew about the type of relationship she had with Pistorius.

"She wanted to make a difference," he tells CNN's Jake Tapper. "She started by making small steps in that right direction." Steenkamp says Reeva, who graduated from law school, wanted to help with the issue of violence against women in South Africa.

Pistorius became an inspirational figure for overcoming his disability and achieving record success as a Paralympic competitor. In the affidavit read by his lawyer in court, Pistorius claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and never meant to harm her. The charges against him were upgraded to premeditated murder this week.


Filed under: Crime • Jake Tapper • Oscar Pistorius