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July 30th, 2014
03:27 PM ET

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Sharknado 2: The Sequel Twitter wanted

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” airs tonight on SyFy at 9:00 p.m. EST. Jake Tapper sat down with its star, Ian Ziering, to find out the secrets of fighting with a CGI shark. Check out #Sharknado2 tonight to read Twitter critics' reviews.

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July 29th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Why will these sanctions against Russia work?

Announcing new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama insisted that "this is not a new Cold War."

"It didn't have to come to this," Obama said from the White House. "It does not have to be this way. This is a choice that Russia and, in particular, President Putin has made."

Since MH17 was shot out of the sky, the fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists has only gotten worse. The violence creating a virtual force-field around the crash site.

But with round after round of sanctions targeting Russia, what makes the Obama administration believe these new punishments will be any different?

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf spoke to CNN's Jake Tapper about why the government believes Putin will finally be forced to maneuver.

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July 29th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

More Palestinian children killed by Israel in last 3 weeks than Israeli soldiers killed in military operations since 2006

It's hard to keep count of the number of times a cease-fire has been proposed, or rejected, or broken, or accepted for a limited time and discarded.

In the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it's been exceedingly difficult to get these parties to stop firing at each other for longer than 12 hours at a time.

Israel's relentless military assault on Gaza continues, and Hamas keeps firing rockets and sending fighters through tunnels into Israel. 56 Israelis have been killed in the fighting, almost all of them soldiers.

But nearly 1,200 Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed, according to the United Nations.

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev about the horrible human toll the conflict is taking on both sides.

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July 29th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Hamas spokesman: Tunnels were built for fighting

Hamas rejected a 24-hour cease-fire that was put forward by the Palestinian Authority.

The head of the group's military wing said "there is no middle ground" when it comes to a cease-fire.

CNN's Jake Tapper spoke to a senior Hamas official, Ghazi Hamad, on why his group seems unwilling to end the violence in Gaza.

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July 28th, 2014
07:28 PM ET

Is the White House satisfied Israel doing everything it can to prevent civilian deaths?

(CNN) - There was renewed fighting in the Gaza conflict today, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledging "stamina and determination" as both sides launch deadly attacks.

The United Nations has called for an immediate cease-fire, but there is no sign that either side is taking it seriously. And with Secretary of State John Kerry just returning from a grueling week-long campaign to bring the area some peace - without much success - it's becoming increasingly unclear if the United States can do anything to stop the fighting.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken joined The Lead to discuss this, as well as the investigation into the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
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