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Thoughts on 54 Below, 'Blood Brothers' and Cabaret

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friend tells this story about her debut at 54 Below (now Feinstein's/54 Below). I was in the audience. I had purchased tickets like a normal person...

Ali Watkins

McCain Leading Quiet Effort To Include Torture Laws In Defense Authorization | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost six months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome summary report on the CIA's post-9/11 torture program --...

The CIA Dipped Our Flag into the Dirt

Jack Healey | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

We Americans must ask ourselves why we are not clear enough; why we are not serious enough; why we are not decent enough to call the American torturers into court and give the victims a chance to look at their violators?

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

Lawmakers Insist CIA Torture Report Should Be Released, Despite Administration's Objections

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers threatened Wednesday to circumvent the Obama administration by releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee's highly-anticipate...

"Waterboard Him Some More"

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

CIA torture program architect and defender Jose Rodriguez is certain that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's (SSCI) torture study is full of errors. Rodriguez does not say what those errors are; he claims he cannot rebut them in detail because he has not read the report.

Intelligence Committees Must Stop Trying to Conduct Oversight In The Dark

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

But as dedicated and conscientious as some of the intelligence committees' members and staff are, there is a pattern of institutional failure. For much too long, the intelligence committees have been trying to do oversight in almost complete secrecy.

'Keep Calm and Carry On?' Not Quite

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

On my honeymoon in London years ago, an IRA bombing in Regents Park -- across the street from where I was staying -- killed eight soldiers and several...

Sam Stein

Senator Calls For Renewed Gun Debate After Navy Yard Shooting | Sam Stein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard has failed to stir the political world to revive the gun control debates that immediately follow...

Federal Courts Should be Venue of Choice to Prosecute Terrorists Captured in U.S.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Holding American citizens who have been arrested on U.S. soil in indefinite military detention is absolutely incompatible with our values. I believe military detention is not only unconstitutional, but has also proven ineffective at achieving justice and gaining intelligence.

Feinstein Plans New "Carbon Fee" Bill, Argues Against Keystone, Oil & Gas Subsidies

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.04.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Senator Dianne Feinstein shared her plans with Fresh Dialogues to introduce a new "carbon fee" bill, during a press conference Wednesday in downtown San Francisco.

Obama CIA Nominee's Bracelet Makes Statement At Hearing

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

CIA director nominee John Brennan sent a powerful message on Thursday when he wore an accessory that honored prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, an Americ...

Feinstein Assault Weapons Ban Lacks Votes In Senate

John Rudolf | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
John Rudolf

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips will struggle to pass the Senate with a simple majority if bro...

Feinstein: David Petraeus Will Still Testify

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify in...

Zach Carter

Feinstein Defends Obama on Gay Marriage: 'What's Wrong With People Being Happy?' | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended President Barack Obama on Sunday from Republican charges that he has "flip-flopped" by speakin...

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...

In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (...

Religion, Bigotry, and Political Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.

Boxer vs. Feinstein: The Path to Middle East Peace

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sanjeev Bery

In the growing national debate on US-Israel relations, California's two US senators have very different things to say.

Ryan Grim

Feinstein Insurance Reform Kicked Out Of Health Care Bill | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate parliamentarian told Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday afternoon that her proposal to create a National Insurance Rate Authority run...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Dianne Feinstein Signs On To Public Option Push | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Support for the public health insurance option is surging in the Senate. It began with three freshman Democrats in the House, Alan Grayson (Fla.), Che...

Health Care Reform? Yes We Can!

Lucia Brawley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

Health care reform supporters don't grab the same level of publicity as the right, unless Howard Dean attends an event, because we agitate rationally. It's time for us to get a tad more theatrical.