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politics lead

September 10th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Roundtable: Challenges for Obama in ISIS speech

(CNN) – Just 32% of Americans approve of the President's handling of foreign policy, a new NBC/WSJ poll shows – an all-time low. Obama is torn between two imperatives: wanting to stop heinous terrorists, but avoiding the war fever that grips capitol hill every few years.

What should Obama tell the nation tonight when he lays out his strategy to defeat ISIS?

Former national security spokesman Tommy Vietor, CNN "Crossfire" co-host S.E. Cupp, and CNN's Jim Sciutto discuss.

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September 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Security Operators: CIA held up Benghazi rescue

(CNN)– Three men that survived the attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, and who lost friends there, were part of the global response staff – highly skilled military special operators – that were providing security.

Mark Geist, Kris Paronto, and John Tiegen put their lives on the line that night to save others. They told their stories to Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff for the new book: "13 hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi."

The biggest headline from the book is the wait time between when diplomatic security special agents began radioing for help, saying the compound was under attack, and when response staff actually left the CIA annex, three-quarters of a mile away, to try and stop it.

In the video above, Geist, Paronto, and Tiegen tell CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" what happened when they got that distress call over the radio.

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September 8th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Democrat: Don't focus on Obama's ISIS 'gaffes,' focus on eliminating ISIS

(CNN) – Fifty-seven percent of the county disapprove of the way the President is handling foreign affairs, according to a new CNN/ORC poll - a tie for his all-time low in this category.

Over the weekend, Obama talked about calling ISIS a JV team in an interview with The New Yorker back in January.
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September 5th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Roundtable: Chris Christie's non-answer on immigration

(CNN) – During a trip to Mexico City Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, said he won't state position on immigration unless he runs for president:

"I have no role in the immigration debate, except for how it may affect the individual citizens of New Jersey, which I'll deal with as governor. But I won't have anything to say on immigration unless and until i become a candidate for president of the united states, if that happens, then I will articulate a full position on it. And you guys can pick it apart or praise it or damn it however you like," Christie said Thursday.

CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, and CNN "Crossfire" co-host Stephanie Cutter discuss Christie's boldfaced dodge, and the dead heat Senate race in Arkansas, in the video above.

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September 4th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

From possible president to possible prisoner for Gov. McDonnell?

(CNN) – There was a time that every mention of his name came attached with heated speculation about a potential White House run.

Those days are long over now, for former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. Both were found guilty Thursday on multiple counts of conspiracy, bribery and extortion in their public corruption case.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeff Toobin and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics Larry Sabato join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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