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Dianne Feinstein

CIA Improperly Searched Computer Network Established For Congress, Senator Says

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Cong...

CIA Creates New Scandal Covering Up Old Scandal

The New York Times | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

It was early December when the Central Intelligence Agency began to suspect it had suffered what it regarded as an embarrassing computer breach....

CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees th...

Considering Henry Waxman: Despite Drawbacks, the Congressman and the Scene He Helped Create Had Massive Accomplishments

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Henry Waxman's decision to retire from Congress after 40 years service there marks the end of one of the great congressional careers, and the last of the "Watergate class" in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrats Make Minimum Wage Defining Issue In Election Year

The Sacramento Bee | Christopher Cadelago | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

Democrats presenting a populist economic platform have settled on a reliable and potentially potent issue heading into the elections: raising the mini...

Feinstein: No Evidence Russia Helped Snowden

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Jan 28 (Reuters) - The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said on...

Cut Off the NSA's Juice

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The NSA depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA's top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice is essential -- and any interference with that flow is unthinkable. But interference isn't unthinkable. And in fact, it may be doable.

Lawmakers Throw Cold Water On Obama NSA Reform

AP | LIBBY QUAID | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence...

Michael McAuliff

The NSA's Biggest Fans Are Happy With Obama's Speech | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama managed to buy himself some breathing room among surveillance critics in his own party Friday, even as he propose...

Intelligence Committee Leaders Defend NSA Against Critical Review

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees issued a rare joint statement on Friday in defense of the National Security Agency after a pre...

Torture Doesn't Work. Law Does Work. Why Keep That Secret?!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Most Americans do not know that their government engaged in practices that the civilized world considers war crimes. This lack of awareness is due, in part, to the fact that a comprehensive report of over 6000 pages on this topic compiled by investigators at a cost of $40 million remains classified and hidden away.

Ryan Grim

10 Democratic Committee Chairs Warn Menendez's Iran Sanction Bill Could Blow Up Negotiations | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a remarkable rebuke to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), 10 other Senate committee chairs are circul...

Dem Believes In Hillary Clinton 'Now More Than Ever'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she believes in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ability to lead "now more than ever." In an op-ed...

Congress, CIA Still Feuding Over Counterterrorism Practices

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

(Adds Senator Feinstein statement) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee a...

Senators Face Uphill Battle With Latest Push

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill on Thursday to eliminate ...

Dem Senator's Husband Tied To Questionable Dealings With U.S. Postal Service

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

This article has been updated with comment from Feinstein's office. See UPDATE below. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her husband are tied to ...

Lawmakers Worry About Pollution From Illegal Marijuana Grows

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO -- Six California lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter to the United States Sentencing Commission calling for more focus on the threats po...

Jared Gilmour

Forest Service Bought Drones To Keep Tabs On Pot Growers, Realized It Couldn't Actually Use Them | Jared Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service spent $100,000 on two drones to track marijuana growers back in 2006. But because of aviation restrictions and a...

Why Hasn't Sen. Elizabeth Warren Backed the Iran Deal?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Given that neocons are agitating for new Congressional sanctions on Iran now in the hopes that this will sink diplomacy, shouldn't Senator Warren be speaking out now?

Feinstein: U.S. 'Less Safe' Than 2 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

The lawmakers who lead the House and Senate intelligence committees both said on Sunday that they believe the United States is less safe from a terror...

Rogers Warns Of Rising Terrorism Threat

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren't as safe as they were a year or two ago, the lead...

Jennifer Bendery

Key Senate Democrats Say They're Finally Ready For The 'Nuclear Option' On Filibuster Reform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who were previously opposed to changing filibuster rules via the "nuclear option" are so fed up with GOP obstruction of...

Tide Turns Towards Diplomacy as Key Senators Oppose New Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

If the sanctions can successfully be paused, the next battle looms: Will Congress be able to accept a good deal that puts constraints on Iran's nuclear program to protect against weaponization in exchange for sanctions relief?

The NSA Problem Is Our Collective Problem, and It Is Time We Owned Up to It

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

It has been remarkable to me in recent days to encounter three vastly different reactions to the events and testimony surrounding the National Security Agency disclosures of the range of its electronic eavesdropping activities.

Big Brother's Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Ever since the first big revelations about the National Security Agency five months ago, Dianne Feinstein has been in overdrive to defend the surveillance state.