WASHINGTON

Rolling Stone interview part of Obama’s youth outreach

Mitt Romney can’t disavow the conservative views he embraced as candidate during the Republican presidential primaries, President Obama says in a new interview. Obama says he too is struggling against public skepticism because of the slow economic recovery.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama covered a range of topics, from his relations with the Pentagon to his reflections on race to his two acclaimed though abbreviated moments of public singing.

“I can sing,” he said matter-of-factly. “I wasn’t worried about being able to hit those notes.”

The interview will appear in the issue of the magazine that hits newsstands on Friday.

For Obama, the magazine interview and its cover portrait will complete a week of outreach to young voters, including a two-day tour of three college campuses in key election swing states and an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

 

Three Secret Service workers leaving agency, two cleared

A Republican lawmaker says three Secret Service employees are being forced out of the agency and two others have been cleared of serious misconduct in the agency’s investigation into the prostitution scandal in Colombia.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says he was told by a top Secret Service official that the five remaining cases under investigation are being disposed of.

King says two Secret Service employees are resigning and one is having his security clearance revoked and will be leaving the agency.

King says two others under investigation have been cleared of misconduct.

 

Retired CIA officer defends use of waterboarding

The retired top CIA officer who ordered the destruction of videos showing waterboarding says in a new book that he was tired of waiting for Washington’s bureaucracy to make a decision that protected American lives.

Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the CIA’s once-secret interrogation and detention program, also lashes out at President Obama’s administration for calling waterboarding torture and criticizing its use.

“I cannot tell you how disgusted my former colleagues and I felt to hear ourselves labeled ‘torturers’ by the president of the United States,” Rodriguez writes in his book, “Hard Measures.”

The book is due out April 30. The Associated Press purchased a copy Tuesday.