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Congressman Peter King, R-New York, on the latest on the crisis in Ukraine.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made no secret he is contemplating the possibility of running for President in 2016. But though the Republican Party often nominates candidates who have run before that strategy is rarely successful.
In an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," Perry said he learned a lot from his 2012 campaign experience when he exited the primaries early on.
"I won't have major back surgery six weeks before the announcement," says Perry, of the next possible run for the White House.
When he announced his presidential bid in August 2011, Perry said he felt invincible, telling himself: "I'm 61 years old, I'm bulletproof, I'm 10-feet tall, I can do anything."
But 2012 was "a very humbling experience."
Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry
(CNN) – Governor Rick Perry reacted to fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz' fiery remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cruz again slammed establishment Republicans.
"And of course all of us remember President Dole. And President McCain. And President Romney. Now, look, those are good men. They're decent men. But when you don't stand and draw a clear a distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate," Cruz said Thursday.
(CNN) – Actor Seth Rogen slammed senators for ignoring not only his personal pleas for more Alzheimer's funding and research, but those of a former colleague.
"I could totally understand if they didn't want to hear the testimony of a stoner, idiot, actor," Rogen told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"Honestly, to me the most distressing thing is another (lawmaker), who these guys actually knew, was talking about how he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's," said Rogen, referring to the testimony of former Congressman Dennis Moore.
Researchers and statisticians also testified, detailing the financial toll of Alzheimer's, and "they still couldn't be bothered to hang around to hear it," said Rogen.
(CNN) – The buzz at the box office this weekend is around the film "Son of God," which opens in theaters Friday. It is the story of Jesus, with scenes taken from the mini-series "The Bible."
Box office analysts say they cannot give a real estimate of how the film will do this weekend, in part because it is difficult to analyze the performance of faith-based films.
A billion people will see this movie, says "Son of God" executive producer Mark Burnett.
"This is like a political thriller. (It) has special effects from the guys that did "Gladiator," and an incredible Hans Zimmer score, it's a big, big feature film," says Burnett.
Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a hearing Wednesday on the relationship between military sexual assault, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide. Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is also pushing a bill to take prosecution of sexual assault in the military out of the chain of command, a divisive measure that has opponents and supporters on both sides of the aisle.