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California Democratic Party Not Endorsing Dianne Feinstein

No candidate wins the required 60% of support at state party convention

(Newser) - In what the San Jose Mercury News calls a "snub" and Politico calls a "sharp rebuke" for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democratic Party has declined to endorse her as she runs for a fifth full term. Feinstein's main opponent in the primary is State Senate leader... More »

Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'

President has sent Dems' memo back to HIC for revisions due to 'classified' and 'sensitive' passages

(Newser) - Earlier Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters about the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo to the GOP memo alleging wrongdoing in the FBI and DOJ, noting that the Dem memo is "going to be released soon." "Soon" may be relative, however, as Trump, via a letter sent Friday... More »

Trump's Newest Twitter Target: 'Sneaky' Dianne Feinstein

President blasts senator for releasing transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder

(Newser) - President Trump lashed out at Sen. Dianne Feinstein for releasing the transcript of an interview with the co-founder of a political opposition firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. Trump called the California Democrat "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein" on Twitter Wednesday, the AP... More »

Feinstein Disses GOP, Releases Transcript of Dossier Interview

It suggests that someone in the Trump campaign was talking to the FBI

(Newser) - Dianne Feinstein just pulled an end-around on her GOP colleagues and released the full transcript of the testimony from the co-founder of the company behind the controversial dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump. It may take a while for media outlets to sift through, but the Washington Post reports on an... More »

Trump Judicial Pick Made 'Glaring Omission'

He failed to mention wife is a White House lawyer

(Newser) - One of President Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship is taking flak from Democrats for failing to mention a potential conflict of interest—the fact that his wife, Ann Donaldson, is one of Trump's senior White House lawyers. Brett Talley failed to mention in the Senate questionnaire for... More »

Oldest Member of Senate Is Running for Re-Election

'I'm all in,' says Dianne Feinstein, 84

(Newser) - California's Dianne Feinstein has been noncommittal for weeks now on whether she would seek another six-year term as a senator. On Monday, however, she ended the speculation. "I'm all in!" she tweeted . "Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.... More »

Feinstein's Words on Trump 'Shock' San Francisco Crowd

If he 'can learn and change,' he 'can be a good president'

(Newser) - "I believe he can be a good president." Those were the words from Sen. Dianne Feinstein that, per the San Francisco Chronicle , "shocked" her audience Tuesday night during an appearance in the city. Specifically, Feinstein said she thinks President Trump can be a good president if "... More »

Feinstein Reveals How Much FBI Paid to Hack iPhone

Agency shelled out $900K to see San Bernardino shooter's info

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, says the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings . The FBI considers the figure classified, and also won't disclose the identity of the... More »

Obama Is Preserving CIA Torture Report

Meaning you might be able to read it in 2029

(Newser) - President Obama has ensured that the landmark Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture won't be shredded by future administrations—but the public won't be able to read it until 2029 at the earliest. Obama has decided to have the 6,700-page 2014 report preserved in his presidential... More »

Netanyahu: Iran 'Getting a Free Path to the Bomb'

Bibi wants US to double down on sanctions, negotiate better deal

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't softened his stance toward the Iran nuclear deal , telling State of the Union today that not only did it "absolutely" threaten Israel, but that it gave Tehran "a free path to the bomb." As the Hill reports, the Israeli PM says that "... More »

Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill . "... More »

Susan Rice Slams Netanyahu Visit as 'Destructive'

Says PM is damaging Israel's relationship with Washington

(Newser) - Controversy has been swirling over the Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, which John Boehner planned without Obama administration approval and comes shortly before Israeli elections. Now, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is bashing the visit as having "injected a degree of... More »

Report Hits Hard at CIA's 'Brutal,' Ineffective Torture

Senate report says spy agency actively misled White House, Congress

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has dropped its long-awaited report on the CIA's use of torture, and it pulls no punches in its 528 pages, detailing a "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented" program that ultimately was "not an effective means of acquiring intelligence," reports... More »

Pete King: White House Breach Was 'Inexcusable'

Calls for hearings on failure to stop 'basic' attack

(Newser) - The White House fence-jumper was an "absolutely inexcusable" security breach, and Politico reports that Peter King wasted no time today in calling for a "full investigation into what happened, why it happened and what needs to be done to make sure it never happens again." The New... More »

Cruz on ISIS: Obama Should 'Take Them Out'

GOP has lots of advice, even Feinstein says action 'overdue'

(Newser) - With President Obama's speech outlining his ISIS "game plan" coming Wednesday, there was no shortage of opinion today on the talk shows about what he should do. "What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out," Ted Cruz told ABC... More »

Feinstein Dings Obama as 'Too Cautious' With ISIS

Republicans similarly unhappy with 'we don't have a strategy'

(Newser) - Republicans were today again busily piling on President Obama's strategy— or lack thereof —against Islamic State militants, but this week they were joined by a pretty prominent Democrat: Dianne Feinstein. "I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious," said... More »

CIA: Sorry, We Did Snoop on Senate Staffers

Chief John Brennan apologizes for monitoring computers

(Newser) - Back in March, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of illegally snooping on Senate staffers, agency chief John Brennan said this, recalls the Washington Post :
  • “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort
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Feinstein Laughs at Being Described as a Hooker

Ex-Montana governor Brian Schweitzer apologizes

(Newser) - Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer's comments likening Dianne Feinstein to "the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," may not be going over well in the Feinstein household. Asked about them yesterday, the California senator laughed,... More »

Schweitzer: Eric Cantor Sure Seems Gay

2016 Dem hopeful also compares Dianne Feinstein to a prostitute

(Newser) - Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is considering a presidential run in 2016, just gave a long interview to the National Journal —and it includes two headline-grabbing quotes picked up by CNN :
  • On Eric Cantor: "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it
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CIA Hits Back as Feinstein Says It Spied on Senate

John Brennan denies illegal searches of Intelligence Committee computers

(Newser) - CIA Director John Brennan is hitting back after Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirmed reports that the CIA illegally searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers. "We weren't trying to block anything," Brennan tells NBC . "The CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate." Feinstein... More »

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