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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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August 15th, 2014
01:45 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper took the plunge!  To see who else he nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, watch the video above.

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Why hasn't the Obama administration labeled 'Boko Haram' a terrorist organization?

July 12th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Why hasn't the Obama administration labeled 'Boko Haram' a terrorist organization?

(CNN) - At least 20 students were killed in northern Nigeria last week when Islamic militants razed their boarding school, prompting British authorities to label the group thought to be responsible, Boko Haram, a terrorist organization.

But the Obama administration has not done the same.

When asked about the attack, a senior Obama administration official said that the United States is "deeply concerned" about extremism in Nigeria, and pointed to the history of cooperation between the U.S. and Nigeria on security issues.

"We are working closely with the Nigerian government to address the growing threat of violent extremism throughout Nigeria," the senior official said, adding that the U.S. also supports vocational training programs to help discourage radicalization and recruitment throughout Nigeria.
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State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup
July 5th, 2013
01:29 PM ET

State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

(CNN) – After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.

Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”

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