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Rogers defends phone surveillance: The White House and lawmakers defended the Obama administration's National Security Agency telephone surveillance program Thursday, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) saying it helped thwart a "significant case” of terrorism in the United States within the "last few years." Meanwhile, The Post reports the the NSA and FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies.
Democratic groups reinforce Markey: National Democratic groups are going in big for Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) with less than three weeks until the June 25 Senate special election. The DSCC is buying about $750,000 worth of airtime, while Senate Majority PAC says its buy is at least $500,000.
Would he take it back? Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told C-SPAN that if House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) could do it over, he would not call White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar."
IRS official apologizes: Faris Fink, the IRS official who helped organize a pricey California conference said that "in hindsight, many of the expenses that were incurred should have been more closely scrutinized or not have been incurred at all."
Mitt Romney reflects: Mitt Romney told CNN that there "were a number of times" during the 2012 campaign that he said things "that didn’t come out right."
Ann Romney hesitant about sons running for office: Meanwhile, Ann Romney told CNN she is hesitant about encouraging her sons to run for office. "I would hesitate – I think it is a very tough thing to do. I think it's a huge sacrifice and I think it is very hurtful many times for the spouse to have to watch the kind of abuse that you know you have to go through," she said. Meanwhile, Josh Romney says he's "not ruling anything in or out," with regard to his political future.
Capitol honors Lautenberg: The Senate said farewell to the late Frank Lautenberg.
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