(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he was "very upset" for making the "47%" comments that became a big roadblock in his campaign last year in the final months before Election Day.
"There were a number of times that I said things that - that didn't come out right," he said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
You can watch extended excerpts of CNN's interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney on "The Lead" at 4 p.m. ET and "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) – An Internal Revenue Service official involved in a 2010 conference cited for wasteful spending said Thursday no rules were broken and no fraud occurred, though he acknowledged that "in hindsight," much of the spending should have been more closely monitored or never should have happened.
"It's embarrassing, and I apologize," said Faris Fink, the IRS official who portrayed the Mr. Spock character in a training video for the conference that parodied the television show "Star Trek."
(CNN) – The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence said Thursday the government's top-secret court order to obtain phone records on millions of Americans was "lawful" and Congress had been briefed on the issue.
"As far as I know this is the exact three month renewal of what has been the case for the past seven years. This renewal is carried out by the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court under the business records section of the Patriot Act," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the intelligence committee, told reporters in the Senate gallery. "Therefore it is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress."
(CNN) - Can you blame him?
In a rare admission by a politician, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he got "quite drunk" the night after suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured at the end of a dramatic, daylong manhunt.
(CNN) - The bipartisan group in the House working on immigration reform suffered a blow late Wednesday after Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, left the team over policy disagreements.
The group was close to finalizing its legislation but Labrador said the House "Gang of Eight" could not agree on a provision involving health care for undocumented workers, according to a statement his office issued Wednesday night.
Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he has "no intention" of stepping down in the face of criticism over Justice Department handling of national security leak investigations that involved scrutiny of reporters.
Holder made the comment to NBC News.
(CNN) – A senior Obama administration official on Thursday responded to a report in the UK-based Guardian newspaper that the U.S. government has obtained a top secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency on an "ongoing daily basis."
The official stressed that the information acquired by the purported order "does not include the content of any communications or the name of any subscriber. It relates exclusively to metadata, such as a telephone number or the length of a call."
(CNN) – The U.S. government has obtained a top secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency on an "ongoing daily basis," the UK-based Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday.
The four-page order, which The Guardian published on its website, requires the communications giant to turn over "originating and terminating" telephone numbers as well as the location, time and duration of the calls.
CNN: North and South Korea agree to idea of talks on shuttered industrial zone
After months of unsettling tensions, North and South Korea tentatively agreed Thursday to hold talks about reopening their shared manufacturing zone where Pyongyang halted activity in April. The North proposed the meeting to discuss the shuttered Kaesong Industrial Zone - a major symbol of cooperation between the two countries - along with other issues in a statement published by state-run media. "The venue of the talks and the date for their opening can be set to the convenience of the south side," it said. The South Korean Unification Ministry responded positively, saying, "We hope the talks between the two authorities will be a great opportunity to build trust between South and North." It said the timing, agenda and other aspects of the talks would be announced later.
CNN: Dissidents: Syrian rebels control crossing into Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
Syrian rebels have taken control of the only crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rebels attacked government checkpoints and battled Syrian forces in the largely abandoned city of Quneitra before gaining control of the city's border crossing, the opposition group said. A steady stream of gunfire could be seen in Quneitra from the Israeli-occupied side. Rebels opened fire on the Syrian forces, who responded with tank fire to try to force the rebels back. Mortars and small arms fire caused the bushes and shrubs to catch on fire.
Park City, Utah (CNN) – As Mitt Romney begins to re-emerge into the public spotlight with a Utah conference, the former Republican presidential nominee told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger he was disappointed with President Obama's pick of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be his next national security adviser.
"I find that a disappointing appointment on the part of the president. I think what she did was to very seriously mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi. My greatest concern about the Benghazi events was the fact there was not a rescue effort attempted and that is very troubling to me," Romney said.
You can watch extended excerpts of CNN's interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney on “The Lead” at 4 p.m. ET and “The Situation Room” at 5 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.