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A veteran of the Vietnam War who earned two purple hearts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looks back on the time he served and tells CNN's Jake Tapper who he still thinks about on Memorial Day.
(CNN) – Pope Francis' recent three-day trip to the Middle East may have just set the stage for new peace negotiations in the Holy Land.
The Pope invited the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to visit the Vatican for an interfaith "prayer of peace," and both accepted. CNN’s Jake Tapper and Ivan Watson discuss the significance.
If you ask Chuck Hagel, rumors of America's demise on the world stage are greatly exaggerated.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, the Defense Secretary staunchly defended President Barack Obama's handling of the Syria crisis and his overall foreign policy goals, lampooning those who claim the United States has "lost an edge" in world affairs since Obama took office.
"I don't think Assad just gave those chemical weapons up because he thought we were weak," Hagel told Tapper. "I think just the opposite."
CNN's Arwa Damon reports on breaking news out of Nigeria – a top military official tells state news he knows the whereabouts of girls kidnapped more than a month ago.
However he says Nigeria's military will not use force to try and rescue them.
(CNN) – It was supposed to be a trip shrouded in secrecy.
Instead, President Barack Obama's brief and unannounced visit to soldiers in Afghanistan - the commander-in-chief spent a little more than four hours in the country Sunday - was bookended by the White House unwittingly leaking the identity of the CIA's top spy in Kabul.
The Lead with Jake Tapper draws not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seeks to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests. Compelling headlines come from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, sports to popular culture, based on news drivers of the day.
The Lead with Jake Tapper airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.
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