McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay
June 7th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay

Updated 7:24 p.m. ET on 6/7

(CNN) - American officials who toured Guantanamo Bay Friday said their visit underscored their belief the detention facility must close.

“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations," read a joint from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
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June 6th, 2013
11:34 AM ET
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Senate intelligence leaders say phone surveillance is 'lawful'

(CNN) – The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence said Thursday the government's top-secret court order to obtain phone records on millions of Americans was "lawful" and Congress had been briefed on the issue.

"As far as I know this is the exact three month renewal of what has been the case for the past seven years. This renewal is carried out by the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court under the business records section of the Patriot Act," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the intelligence committee, told reporters in the Senate gallery. "Therefore it is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress."
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Saxby Chambliss
Senate panel will examine FBI handling of bombing suspect
April 22nd, 2013
01:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate panel will examine FBI handling of bombing suspect

Washington (CNN) – The Senate Intelligence Committee will examine the FBI's handling of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein told CNN on Monday.

A hearing with FBI officials, expected to take place behind closed doors, could happen as soon as Tuesday, said Feinstein, D-California.

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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Dianne Feinstein • FBI • Senate
Biden plans to fight as gun provisions struggle in Senate
March 20th, 2013
09:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden plans to fight as gun provisions struggle in Senate

(CNN) - With Congress grappling over gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden vowed to continue fighting for a ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons, despite its bleak future on Capitol Hill.

"I am still pushing that it pass," Biden said Wednesday on NPR. "We are still pushing that it pass."
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
March 19th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Feinstein on assault weapons ban: 'I’m not going to lay down and play dead'

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she’s not going to stop fighting to get a vote on her proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons, hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the measure has no chance of passing the chamber.

“This is very important to me. And I’m not going to lay down and play dead,” Feinstein, D-California, said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
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March 14th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Feinstein describes feelings during exchange with ‘arrogant’ colleague

Washington (CNN) – Saying she felt "patronized" by Senate colleague Ted Cruz, Sen. Dianne Feinstein explained Thursday why she felt the need to raise her voice in anger at the Texas Republican during a debate over gun control.

"I felt he was somewhat arrogant about it," Feinstein said of Cruz's suggestion the Senate Judiciary Committee was ignoring the Constitution during its debate over banning semiautomatic firearms.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control
Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing
February 27th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing

Washington (CNN) – It may be politically quixotic, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein proceeded undeterred Wednesday in seeking an updated version of the assault weapons ban she sponsored in 1994 that expired a decade later.

Fierce opposition by the influential National Rifle Association and conservative legislators, including some Democrats, makes it virtually impossible that the kind of ban proposed by Feinstein will win congressional approval.

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Gun rights • Senate
Feinstein 'would love' a Clinton run in 2016
January 27th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Feinstein 'would love' a Clinton run in 2016

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has brushed off the idea of a 2016 presidential run, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t listening.

The Democratic senator from California was not in shy in expressing her support Sunday for the outgoing secretary of state and a potential second White House bid by Clinton.
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January 27th, 2013
10:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Feinstein: NRA is 'venal'

(CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday described the National Rifle Association as the biggest stumbling block to passing her assault weapons ban proposal.

"The NRA is venal. They come after you, they put together large amounts of money to defeat you," she said on CNN's "State of the Union." "They did this in '93, and they intend to continue it."
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Gun rights • Senate • TV-State of the Union
Feinstein proposes new ban on some assault weapons
January 24th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Feinstein proposes new ban on some assault weapons

Washington (CNN) – Almost six weeks after the Connecticut shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday proposed a new federal ban on some assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, as well as ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

With assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles displayed on one side and police officers who support her proposal behind her, Feinstein said the goal is to "dry up the supply of these weapons over time."

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun rights • Senate
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