Democrats blast Hayden's 'emotional' comment about Feinstein
April 7th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Democrats blast Hayden's 'emotional' comment about Feinstein

(CNN) – Senate Democrats on Monday blasted former CIA Director Michael Hayden for charging that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein was motivated by “deep emotional feeling” when she approved a report critical of the CIA’s harsh treatment of detainees after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Gen. Hayden condescendingly accused Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of being too emotional,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a floor speech. “She has been fearless. She has been thorough and fair. And for this man to say that because she criticizes tactics led by Gen. Hayden - that was torture - she is being too emotional? I don’t think so.”

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Filed under: CIA • Dianne Feinstein • Michael Hayden
March 30th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Sunday Chatter: The plane, the NSA, the Affordable Care Act and the bridge

The Sunday political talk shows covered a lot of ground, from foreign policy with Russia to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ongoing effort to repair his damaged reputation amid the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal. Politicos threw in some debate about Obamacare and the 2016 presidential race for good measure.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Dianne Feinstein • NSA • Obamacare • Ron Wyden • Ukraine • Uncategorized
March 30th, 2014
01:06 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Senate Intel chair: Crimea’s gone

Washington (CNN) - Some U.S. lawmakers are ready to say that it’s futile to try to persuade Russia to give up control of Crimea.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday that the debate over the Crimean Peninsula is "done" and the region is now under Moscow's control.

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • John Kerry • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Political Circus: Kerry's a soul man. Clinton lights up the Web. And Biden is...
February 7th, 2014
03:38 PM ET
2 months ago

Political Circus: Kerry's a soul man. Clinton lights up the Web. And Biden is...

Washington (CNN) - Deep down inside-and we mean way down, like behind his spleen-Secretary of State John Kerry has blue eyed soul. Really.

Back during his prep school days he laid down tracks for The Electras.

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December 1st, 2013
09:20 AM ET
5 months ago

Terrorists are gaining ground, intelligence committee heads say

Washington (CNN) - The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, agreed that despite the death of Osama bin Laden and drone strikes aimed at decimating al Qaeda's leadership, President Barack Obama's administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.

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Key senator joins filibuster fight
November 19th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Key senator joins filibuster fight

Washington (CNN) - Supporters of a move to end filibusters of presidential nominees picked up a key ally Tuesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a veteran California Democrat, says she has changed her mind and now supports using the so-called "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules over the objections of Republicans to prevent those filibusters. She said she has been persuaded to take the extraordinary step because the public is anxious to have Washington work and "you can't do it if the President can't get a cabinet, a sub-cabinet, judges, commissioners." Filibusters require 60 votes to set aside, a high hurdle in the narrowly divided Senate.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Senate
Top senator: Obama didn't know of U.S. spying on Germany's leader
October 28th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
6 months ago

Top senator: Obama didn't know of U.S. spying on Germany's leader

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and the Senate Intelligence Committee didn't know the United States was collecting communications of allied leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the panel's chairman said Monday.

"The White House has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue, which I support," Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said in a statement that confirmed recent news reports on the surveillance network revealed in classified leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • NSA
Political gun debate starts anew after Navy Yard rampage
September 16th, 2013
08:25 PM ET
7 months ago

Political gun debate starts anew after Navy Yard rampage

Washington (CNN) - Hours after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, some of Washington's most vocal advocates for gun control started to renew their calls for further restrictions on firearms.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 that suspected shooter and military contractor Aaron Alexis is believed to have used, issued a statement Monday asking "When will enough be enough?"
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Jay Rockefeller • Joe Manchin
Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future
July 28th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
9 months ago

Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future

(CNN) - After dozens died in weekend protests in Egypt over the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein - the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee - said she’s worried for the first time about the future of the country.

“I think this is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this. For the first time, I am very concerned,” Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Egypt
July 28th, 2013
09:25 AM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Feinstein says San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign

(CNN) - San Diego’s Democratic mayor, who is embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, should resign, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the California Democrat said Bob Filner no longer held the moral authority to lead his city.
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Filed under: California • Dianne Feinstein
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