May 6th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Feinstein, Rogers agree the Taliban is stronger

(CNN) - The heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Sunday the Taliban was gaining ground, just days after President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan and touted the progress made in the war on terror.

“I think we'd both say that what we found is that the Taliban is stronger,” said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while sitting with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan.
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Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage
July 24th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage

Washington (CNN) - Making her case for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday that Americans are now more open to homosexuality.

"As time goes on, what I find is more and more people have gay friends, they have gay relatives," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union." "People are much more forward with their thinking about this now. I think they're much more open to it."
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Feinstein sees a Senate debt solution
July 24th, 2011
10:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Feinstein sees a Senate debt solution

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said a deal to raise the debt ceiling is being held hostage by Republican politics, but that she can envision an agreement in the Senate to prevent default.

The California Democrat said on Sunday there are currently 39 senators who support the so-called “Gang of Six proposal” put forward by three Democrats and three Republicans that would include a combination of spending cuts and revenues to reduce mounting budget deficits and bring Republican support to raise the limit on how much money the government can borrow.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Dianne Feinstein • Senate • TV-State of the Union
Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute
July 19th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, announced Tuesday a bill to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as a "legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and that allows states to reject legal same sex marriages from other states.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed both the House and the Senate in 1996.

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Same-sex marriage
New numbers in battle for Senate
June 21st, 2011
12:16 PM ET
3 years ago

New numbers in battle for Senate

(CNN) - Two news polls are giving us a better indicator about how voters feel about two Democratic senators up for re-election next year.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 45 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of how Sen. Robert Menendez is handling his job, with 38 percent saying they disapprove and 18 percent unsure.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dianne Feinstein • Robert Menendez • Senate
Sen. Feinstein: ‘bin Laden and his family could have lived there up to six years’
May 2nd, 2011
08:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Feinstein: ‘bin Laden and his family could have lived there up to six years’

Washington (CNN) – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein revealed Monday that Osama bin Laden and his family could have lived on a compound in Pakistan for up to six years.

Telling a group of reporters the Senate Intelligence committee has been briefed on bin Laden’s possible whereabouts for some time, she said, “The fact that it didn’t leak is really special and shows that each member is carrying out its duties.”
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
Feinstein: U.S. shouldn't arm rebels
March 31st, 2011
04:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Feinstein: U.S. shouldn't arm rebels

Washington (CNN) - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that we should not arm rebels in Libya as "we got burned" in previous wars by doing so.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the California Democrat said, "We did in Afghanistan; we got burned by it. We did in Iraq; we got burned by it. In other words, those weapons cropped up later being used against us, and I don't think that's something we ought to do."
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Poll: Plurality say they'd vote to re-elect Feinstein
March 24th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Plurality say they'd vote to re-elect Feinstein

(CNN) – A plurality of California voters say they'd be inclined to vote to re-elect Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year, according to a new poll.

A Field Poll released Thursday indicates that by a 46 to 42 percent margin, California voters say they'd be inclined to vote to re-elect Feinstein next year when she runs for a fourth full term in office. Twelve percent of those questioned were unsure.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Poll
Chambliss named ranking Republican on Senate Intelligence Committee
January 27th, 2011
07:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Chambliss named ranking Republican on Senate Intelligence Committee

Washington (CNN) - An eight year veteran of the Senate Intelligence Committee has been named the new ranking Republican on the panel.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.

"It is a priority of mine to ask the tough questions to ensure that we continue disrupting plots from those who seek to do us harm, and that we are giving our intelligence community the tools and resources it needs to keep America safe," Chambliss said in a prepared statement.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Saxby Chambliss • Senate
June 20th, 2010
09:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Success in Afghanistan operation must be defined, Lugar says

'We've never got to that point,' Sen. Lugar told CNN when asked how he'd know what success in Afghanistan looked like.
'We've never got to that point,' Sen. Lugar told CNN when asked how he'd know what success in Afghanistan looked like.

Washington (CNN) – The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that, even after more than nine years of war, there is no clear definition of success in the U.S. military’s operation in Afghanistan.

“If you had to say on this day I will know that the U.S. has succeeded and we can begin bringing troops home, what would that day look like?,” CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley asked Lugar in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Well, your question implies that we've defined success and we've never got to that point,” Lugar replied. “That's a part of our problem, that we're going to have to, as a government, whether it be the president or the Congress, define success in a way in which the American people find this to be satisfying. Otherwise, we'll continue to argue about the date of withdrawal or how fast or how - whether we surge more or less - without ever having defined exactly what it is we hope from Afghanistan.”

Related: Failure isn't an option, Dem says

In the same interview, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed the kind of definition that Lugar said was lacking. Asked about the Obama administration’s July 2011 benchmark for beginning to draw down U.S. troops, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said the situation has to allow the Afghanistan government and people to build their country.
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