Romney Accepts Apology; Paul Suggests Clapper and Snowden Share a Jail Cell

Mitt Romney forgave an MSNBC host who apologized for saying mean things about his children. Meanwhile, Rand Paul was calling for James Clapper to head to jail. . 

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Mitt Romney forgave an MSNBC host who apologized for saying mean things about his children. During his appearance on Fox News Sunday, the former Republican presidential nominee accepted Melissa Harris-Perry's apology for comments she made about his adopted black grandchild during a segment last week. "I think people recognize, and the folks at MSNBC who have apologized recognize, people like me are fair targets: If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming," Romney said on Sunday. "For children, that's beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it's a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever." On Saturday, she offered a tearful mea culpa for her insensitive jokes. "We love this little guy a great deal. He was an answer to prayers. We love that he's part of our family," Romney said. "I recognize people make mistakes. The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They apologized for it. That's all we can ask for. I'm going to move on from that. I'm sure they want to move on from that."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul thinks Edward Snowden and director of National Intelligence James Clapper would look smashing in matching orange jumpsuits. "Maybe if they served in a prison cell together, we'd be further enlightened as a country over what we should and shouldn't do," Paul said on ABC's This Week. The Republican with presidential aspirations gave his thoughts about, among other things, allowing Snowden to return to the U.S. Paul said he thinks Snowden deserves a long prison sentence, but not the death penalty, or life in prison. "So James Clapper did break a law and there is a prison sentence for that. So did Edward Snowden," he said. "I don't think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison. I think that's inappropriate. And I think that's why he fled, because that's what he faced."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on CNN's State of the Union he supports reinstating the emergency unemployment benefits program that lapsed over the holidays, but only if the program is modified. "Any discussion on this should be on what reforms can we make," the Republican said, urging tighter restrictions on those eligible for benefits. "Whether it's unemployment compensation or food stamps, we should require job training so that if a job becomes available, they've got their gear ready to get in the game."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks there's enough Republican support in the Senate to pass the unemployment benefits bill without any restrictions, though. "There's 55 of us, and there's 45 of them," Reid said on CBS's Face the Nation. "It would seem to me that five Republicans in the Senate should agree with the Republicans around the country. Republicans around America want us to do something to extend these benefits. Why? Because it's good for the economy. It's good for the country." Reid said one Republican who supports the bill is not "some maverick that is out spewing socialism," but instead a right-wing politician who believes, like Reid, that unemployment benefits are necessary for the American people. "Hopefully, hopefully we can get four more Republicans," Reid said. "Gee whiz, I mean ... this is something ... we've never stopped unemployment benefits." Reid rebuffed any notion of expanding filibuster reform so passage of this bill would come easier."We're not there yet," he said. "I'm not thinking about that today."

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