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By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham
(CNN) - [Updated 5:30 p.m. ET] Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.
"We're more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective. I don't think that will be as effective," Romney said in the interview conducted on Friday in Boston.
Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Monday at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with actor and comedian Stephen Merchant.
By his own account, strange things happen to actor Stephen Merchant. Like that time, about three weeks ago, when he was at a party at comedian Sarah Silverman's house.
"A lot of comedians were there. I'm slightly intimidated by big rooms of comedians, because comedians are often very sharp-tongued and don't let you forget your failings, your mistakes," said Merchant.
"While I was at the party, someone offered me some chocolate. What's wrong with some harmless chocolate? England is riddled with chocolate, delicious chocolate," said the British comedian.
But this chocolate was more than just chocolate.
Long Islanders don't blush easy, but there may a be a tinge of red coloring Congressman Peter King's cheeks of late. The New York Republican said his office has been bombarded with "vile" phone calls over his criticism of Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
"I haven't heard such vile, profane, obscene language. Now I'm not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain in the American political psyche here," King told MSNBC.
To be fair, King has not pulled any punches in his criticism of the Texas senator, saying last week, "Ted Cruz is a fraud and he'll no longer have any influence in the Republican party."
But what's with all the Republican-on-Republican violence?
Our political roundtable with columnist for The Washington Post Clinton Yates, CNN senior political analyst and editorial director for the National Journal Ron Brownstein, and CNN contributor and former adviser to Mitt Romney Kevin Madden discuss.
(CNN) - British-born Samantha Lewthwaite was once seen as a kind of victim of the July 2005 London terror attacks - the pregnant wife of one of the suicide bombers who killed 52 people, now left alone to care for her children.
She condemned the attacks but then vanished. Now, Kenyan authorities say, she is the infamous "White Widow," alleged to be a supporter and financier of people linked to the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab.
Reports that a white woman was among the terrorists who stormed Nairobi, Kenya's, upscale Westgate Shopping Mall on Saturday - an operation for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility - have prompted a slew of media speculation that she might have been involved.
But no official confirmation has been given. A senior Kenyan government official said a woman was among the attackers. Yet it is "impossible," based on the government's photo evidence (and before a forensics examination is complete), to determine who that might be.
Fans may recognize "Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader best when he's playing playing someone else, like James Carville, Vincent Price, Clint Eastwood, or the actor's most beloved "Weekend Update" character, Stefon.
CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" met the actor where Stefon, and Hader, said goodbye to "Saturday Night Live" last season.
"This is where Stefon and Anderson Cooper were going to get married, and then Seth Myers ruined it up there. And the melee happened right here," Hader said, standing before the altar inside Park Avenue Christian Church.