Complete coverage on

Dianne Feinstein

Congressional leaders agreed Thursday on the need for a full investigation of what one called a recent "cascade" of leaked classified information but differed on exactly how the inquiry should be conducted.

Latest Stories

Leaks in foiled plot compromised mole, alerted al Qaeda, Lieberman saysupdated: Thu May 10 2012 17:33:00

A top U.S. senator said Thursday the "biggest harm" to come from leaks to the news media about the recently foiled al Qaeda airline plot was that it compromised the mole who turned the bomb over to the United States.

Are Afghan troops ready to take the lead?updated: Mon May 07 2012 05:35:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers weigh in on the future of Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw.

Mandatory military detention of terror suspects clears Senate hurdleupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 22:07:00

A controversial provision to require the military to retain custody of terror suspects affiliated with al Qaeda, the Taliban or their allies has been approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee and will be voted on by the Senate.

Senate panel passes repeal of Defense of Marriage Actupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 18:23:00

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statuteupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 12:42:00

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.

Ban unsafe chemical from baby bottles and cupsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:40:00

Last month, China banned companies from manufacturing, importing or selling baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a potentially dangerous chemical routinely added to everyday plastic products.

Report: Many weapons used by Mexican drug gangs originate in U.S.updated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:32:00

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators called for tougher firearms laws and regulations after releasing a report that showed a large number of weapons used by Mexico drug gangs originate north of the border.

4 public works of art gone terribly wrongupdated: Tue May 24 2011 09:11:00

1. Diego Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads"

Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congressupdated: Wed May 11 2011 05:37:00

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.

Who else was in the bin Laden compound?updated: Wed May 11 2011 05:37:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh looks at who else was in the compound when Osama bin Laden died.

Fukushima shines light on U.S. problem: 63,000 tons of spent fuelupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 01:27:00

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster is focusing attention on a problem that has bedeviled Washington policymakers since the dawn of the nuclear age -- what to do with used nuclear fuel.

Bill gives more in Congress access to secret intelligenceupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 16:41:00

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that that will significantly increase the number of lawmakers notified about the administration's most secret intelligence activities.

Senate Democrats give up push for pre-election tax cut voteupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 20:49:00

Senate Democrats will not vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year before the upcoming congressional elections, the spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday.

President Obama signs into law ban on cell phones in federal prisonsupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 19:39:00

Hoping to stop federal inmates from directing crimes from behind bars, President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday a prohibition on cell phone use by prisoners.

Woman takes charge of major intelligence agency for the first timeupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 12:47:00

A chunk of the glass ceiling came tumbling down Monday as veteran national security officer Letitia "Tish" Long became the first woman to head a major intelligence agency.

Spy chief confirmation hearing set for Tuesdayupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 09:55:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of national intelligence.

Clapper's challenge to protect Americaupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 09:55:00

Can the nominee to head the intelligence community meet the challenge of preventing an attack?

Spy chief confirmation hearing set for next Tuesdayupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 20:05:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Tuesday for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of National Intelligence, according to committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Senators signal contentious hearing on Supreme Court nomineeupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 11:34:00

Leading senators on the Judiciary Committee signaled a contentious hearing starting Monday on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, with some Republicans saying a GOP filibuster was possible.

New spy agency chief held up by congressional infightingupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:56:00

President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's chief spy has been left waiting in the wings while Congress tries to complete work on a new intelligence bill being held up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Source: Retired general is pick for new intelligence chiefupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 12:10:00

President Obama plans to nominate retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN Friday.

GOP senator: 'Not convinced' of Times Square suspect-Taliban linkupdated: Thu May 13 2010 02:21:00

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he doesn't yet see the evidence to support Obama administration claims that the Times Square bombing suspect was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban.

Taliban link to Times Square suspect?updated: Thu May 13 2010 02:21:00

GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra talks about the investigation into the failed Times Square bombing.

Senator: Shahzad waives right to speedy arraignmentupdated: Tue May 11 2010 22:15:00

The man arrested on suspicion of attempting a car bomb attack on New York City's Times Square has waived his right to a speedy court appearance, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.

Officials: Attack 'likely'updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 10:39:00

Officials unanimously agree there is a strong chance for another terror attack on US soil with in the next three to six months.

Intelligence chiefs say another terror attempt in U.S. is 'certain'updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 10:39:00

Another attempted terrorist attack on the United States in coming months is "certain," the heads of major U.S intelligence agencies told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Feinstein wants reversal of policy on no-fly listupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 23:43:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Wednesday for President Obama to reverse a policy established last year that kept the suspect in the Christmas Day botched jetliner bombing from having been placed on a no-fly list.

Senate passes 'Cash for Clunkers' measureupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 20:52:00

The Senate voted Thursday night to extend the "Cash for Clunkers" program with an infusion of $2 billion.

Recession hits RV capitalupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 20:52:00

CNN's Ed Henry talks to people on the ground as President Obama visits Indiana.

CNNMoney: Cash for Clunkers bill in Senate's handsupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 19:32:00

The popular Cash for Clunkers program faces extinction unless the Senate passes a bill approving additional funding.

Senator: Cheney and alleged secret CIA program 'a problem'updated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:24:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to a congressional committee that he was told former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the intelligence agency to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

CNNMoney: House OKs $4 billion 'clunker' billupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 10:34:00

The House on Tuesday waded deeper into the rescue of the troubled auto industry when it passed a $4 billion plan to subsidize new cars sales for consumers who scrap old ones.

Sotomayor to follow law 'completely,' Leahy saysupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 20:31:00

Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday promised to apply the law "ultimately and completely" regardless of circumstance, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

Sen. Leahy on Judge Sotomayorupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 20:31:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy talks about meeting with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

CNNMoney: 'Cash for clunkers' rolling in Senateupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 16:30:00

The Senate is poised this week to take its first crack at a "cash for clunkers" proposal to boost the troubled auto industry.

Interrogation memos debateupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 14:09:00

Sens. Feinstein, Graham and Lieberman weigh in on the controversy over the release of CIA interrogation memos.

Intelligence chief adds safeguards after wrongful interceptsupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 15:56:00

U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday that they have added safeguards to prevent the government from unlawfully spying on U.S. citizens after a routine check of the system "detected issues that raised concerns."

Commentary: U.S. freedoms not to blame for Mexico's drug warupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 17:25:00

Here's a summary for the time- or attention-challenged: Never surrender freedom for laws that can't affect criminals; they disobey laws for a living.

Senate panel starts inquiry into CIA interrogation programupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 19:35:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee has launched a review of the Bush administration's controversial interrogation and detention program.

CNNMoney: Uncle Sam wants you to buy a carupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 17:06:00

With auto sales at crisis levels, Washington is trying to figure out how to get Americans buying cars again.

Inaugural ticket problemsupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 21:14:00

iReporter Mark Brodsky talks about having a ticket to the inauguration, but not being allowed into the event.

Officials admit big problems with inaugural crowdingupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 21:14:00

The U.S. senator in charge of the Congressional Inaugural Committee has acknowledged there were "significant problems" handling crowds that kept thousands of people with valid tickets from witnessing the inauguration of President Obama.

Confirmation on the Hillupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 15:37:00

CNN's Briana Keilar reports on the confirmation hearings and votes taking place on Capitol Hill.

Officials: 2 million to show up to see Obama being sworn inupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 08:30:00

Based on their latest estimates, congressional officials organizing next week's presidential inaugural expect 2 million people to brave extra-long security lines in the bitter cold to witness Barack Obama being sworn in as the first African-American U.S. president.

Feinstein now supports Panetta for CIA directorupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 20:35:00

A key senator has dropped her concerns about Leon Panetta becoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Feinstein says Burris should get Senate seatupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 19:40:00

Outgoing Senate Rules Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she disagrees with her Democratic leadership's move to block Roland Burris from being seated in the U.S. Senate.

Commentary: Washington getting ready for event of a lifetimeupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 09:27:00

Is it just me or has everyone living within a 120-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol Building heard from his or her fifth cousin lately?

The hottest ticket in townupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 18:41:00

Inauguration tickets are free, but some people will still be paying top dollar. CNN's Brianna Keilar explains.

Obama inauguration tickets fetching 5 figures onlineupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 18:41:00

Interest in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is running so high that one ticket broker is asking $20,095 for a single ticket.

CNNMoney: Midwest floods may send gas up 15%updated: Fri Jun 13 2008 16:37:00

Continued flooding in Iowa and Illinois - the nation's top two corn-growing states - is inciting fears that the cost of the high-priced crop could soar even further, driving up ethanol and gas prices, too.

Senator tries to keep valedictorian from deportationupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 16:55:00

Plans to deport an Armenian high school valedictorian in Fresno, California, were put on hold Tuesday after Sen. Dianne Feinstein took steps to make him and his family legal U.S. residents.

Valedictorian may stayupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 16:55:00

A high school valedictorian faces deportation, but may get to stay in the U.S. CNN.s Dan Simon reports.

Obama, Clinton hold talks in Feinstein's living roomupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 20:06:00

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met privately Thursday night at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a key supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign, Feinstein said Friday.

Steady stream of superdelegates pushed Obama over topupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:32:00

A steady stream of superdelegate endorsements on Tuesday pushed Sen. Barack Obama over the threshold to lay claim to the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clyburn: Obama has the votesupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:32:00

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the highest ranking African-American congressman, explains why he is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama.

Superdelegate mathupdated: Thu May 08 2008 01:39:00

CNN's Brian Todd discusses the impact superdelegates could have on the presidential race.

Superdelegates await Clinton's next moveupdated: Thu May 08 2008 01:39:00

The drawn out Democratic presidential race is producing "negative dividends in terms of strife within the party," said a key Senate supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

Panel OKs bill to televise open Supreme Court sessionsupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 15:37:00

A bitterly divided Senate panel Thursday approved a measure allowing all public U.S. Supreme Court proceedings to be televised despite fierce opposition from the justices.

Coast Guard: Oil spill probably due to 'human error'updated: Mon Nov 12 2007 21:34:00

"Human error factors" probably were involved in a ship crash and oil spill that killed nearly 400 birds in San Francisco Bay and prompted a federal criminal probe, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

Feds launch criminal probe into San Francisco oil spillupdated: Mon Nov 12 2007 12:31:00

Federal investigators have launched a criminal probe into a cargo ship collision and oil spill, the Coast Guard said, which killed hundreds of birds in San Francisco Bay.

Bush attorney general nominee gets key Democratic supportupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general was all but assured Friday when two key Democratic senators said they will vote in favor of the nominee despite questions about his views on "waterboarding" and the president's power to order electronic surveillance.

Leahy won't vote for Mukaseyupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will vote no on President Bush's nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey for Attorney General.

Masking the smoke problemupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 13:04:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on whether masks really help clean the air Southern Californians are breathing.

Immigration and the '08 raceupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 08:30:00

Immigration and the '08 race

Dobbs: Time to free Ramos and Compeanupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 02:31:00

There was an unusual spectacle in the nation's capital Tuesday, downright rare, in fact: U.S. Senators seeking truth, and justice, and taking action. And they deserve great credit and thanks.

Time.com: GOP Rallies Behind Talk Radio updated: Fri Jun 29 2007 09:15:00

Fearing a legislative push from Democrats to "fix" conservative-dominated radio shows, Republicans are starting to fight back

Time.com: Senate Returning to Immigration Billupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 19:10:00

Senators pushing a new immigration policy appealed Sunday to wavering supporters ahead of renewed debate on securing the borders and dealing with 12 million undocumented immigrants

Illegal alien gang membersupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 20:33:00

These are some of the facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting. ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) conducted a threat assessment survey of all field offices: "The results of the assessment showed that most major metropolitan areas were experiencing a surge in gang activity. Additionally, the survey showed that membership of these violent transnational gangs was comprised largely of foreign-born nationals." Source: ICE "Operation Community Shield" Fact Sheet June 6, 2007 • Gang members in the United States: 800,000 • State and local police in the United States: 708,000 Source: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California); hearing testimony June 5, 2007

Bipartisan immigration bill faces bipartisan fightupdated: Fri May 18 2007 08:10:00

The bipartisan immigration bill that could allow citizenship to an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States will run into bipartisan opposition in Congress.

'08 candidates put their spins on abortion procedure rulingupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 18:46:00

How you frame an issue means everything in a political debate. Take Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling on abortion.

Thousands mourn California firefightersupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 03:42:00

Thousands of people attended a California memorial service Sunday for five men who died fighting the Esperanza Fire, which investigators blame on arson.

Democrats want Iraq pullout to begin quicklyupdated: Mon Jun 19 2006 05:09:00

Senate Democrats offered an amendment Monday that would demand that a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq begin this year.

Senators spar over U.S. commitment in Iraqupdated: Sun Jun 18 2006 22:07:00

Sen. Pat Roberts said Sunday that setting a timetable to pull U.S. troops from Iraq would show American resolve to be "very shaky," but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the U.S. commitment is unsustainable.

CNNMoney: Telecom execs won't testify on tapsupdated: Mon Jun 05 2006 22:36:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter reversed course Tuesday, announcing he will not call on phone company executives to testify on their cooperation with the government in a secret eavesdropping program run by the National Security Agency.

Senators press CIA nominee on independenceupdated: Wed May 10 2006 12:23:00

Key senators pressed Michael Hayden on Wednesday about whether he would operate as an independent CIA director despite his active status as an Air Force four-star general.

CIA insider offered spy agency's No. 2 postupdated: Tue May 09 2006 09:23:00

Steve Kappes, a recently retired CIA insider, has been offered the No. 2 slot at the spy agency, sources told CNN, to reassure the CIA operations community about Gen. Michael Hayden's appointment as director as well as ease concerns about that nominee's military ties.

Sheehan won't challenge Feinstein for Senateupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 14:56:00

While criticizing Sen. Dianne Feinstein for supporting President Bush's war policies, Cindy Sheehan said Thursday that she won't run against the popular California Democrat because she could be more effective as a vocal anti-war activist.

Bush details foiled 2002 al Qaeda attack on L.A. updated: Thu Feb 09 2006 10:40:00

Shortly after 9/11, al Qaeda began planning to use shoe bombers to hijack a commercial airplane and fly it into the tallest building in Los Angeles, California, President Bush said Thursday.

Feinstein: Alito backs away from memoupdated: Tue Nov 15 2005 10:53:00

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito had distanced himself from a memo he wrote 20 years ago that said "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

Some civil rights group members support Robertsupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 19:25:00

With the approach of Senate confirmation hearings for President Bush's Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, representatives from a handful of advocacy organizations Thursday announced support for him and criticized groups on the left who claim to speak for minority groups.

Critics, supporters battle over Robertsupdated: Wed Aug 24 2005 18:35:00

As critics and supporters of John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court sparred Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, laid out to a crowd of California lawyers the questions she wants answered before she makes up her mind:

CNNMoney: Breaches: Federal law on the way?updated: Wed Jul 06 2005 15:31:00

If we've learned anything from the massive consumer data breaches that have been reported this year, it's this: There isn't much protecting us from having our personal information exposed, traded or stolen.

Time report fuels Guantanamo criticismupdated: Mon Jun 13 2005 04:06:00

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay is drawing fresh criticism following a Time magazine report on a logbook tracing the treatment of a detainee who officials believe was intended to take part in the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Still brutish Senateupdated: Mon May 30 2005 10:29:00

The lavishly acclaimed new era of good feelings in the Senate lasted less than four days.

Fortune: What's the Government Doing?updated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

Three key laws are meant to protect consumers from identity theft--but they aren't getting the job done. That's why two new ones (which may wind up being combined before they come up for vote) were...

CNNMoney: ID breaches weren't immediately reportedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 10:51:00

ChoicePoint President Douglas Curling and LexisNexis CEO Kurt Sanford admitted that they did not immediately report security breaches to victims while they were being grilled during Senate hearings over personal identity theft.

Feinstein: 'It got a little dicey'updated: Wed Dec 08 2004 20:51:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday said a plane carrying a bipartisan group of senators who were leaving Iraq had to take evasive action after an apparent surface-to-air missile was fired at it.

Officials: CIA memo not an order to 'back Bush'updated: Wed Nov 17 2004 12:19:00

CIA and White House officials said Wednesday that a memo from intelligence chief Porter Goss did not order his staff to "back Bush," as a newspaper headline put it Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Dems ask FCC to probe Sinclairupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 14:05:00

The following is a letter spearheaded by California Senator Dianne Feinstein and signed by 20 democratic senators.

Pentagon's prewar intelligence role questionedupdated: Sun Jul 11 2004 20:36:00

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that they want to know whether the Pentagon knowingly withheld information from the CIA and ran a secret intelligence-gathering operation in building a case for invading Iraq.

Gunfightupdated: Thu Feb 26 2004 04:39:00

Democrats are eager to fight this election on the economy, education, the deficit -- but today they're stuck fighting each other over one of the most potent wedge issues around -- guns.

Committee: No politics in prewar intelligenceupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 19:05:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee's review of U.S. intelligence has found no evidence that political pressure shaped reports on Iraq before last year's invasion, the committee's Republican chairman reported Thursday.

Fortune: MEET HER HONORupdated: Mon Dec 31 1990 00:01:00

Rarely does anyone think of San Jose as a major burg. But last year this once sleepy agricultural community now at the heart of Silicon Valley hit the big time. It passed northern neighbor San Fran...

Fortune: In defense of poison ivy, sex differences at the office, New York's depravity fans, and other matters. SEX AND EMPATHYupdated: Mon Sep 24 1990 00:01:00

A shadow crossed the saturnine countenance of Keeping Up's senior editor for social policy. Groaning loudly, he flung the New York Times editorial page to the floor, stormed across the room to his ...

Fortune: HOW DUAL-INCOME COUPLES COPE Men are confused about their roles in two-career marriages. Intellectually they accept their wives updated: Mon Sep 24 1990 00:01:00

ONE TENET of women's liberation was that the movement would liberate men too. Straitjacketed executives could share the burden of breadwinning with their wives, peel off those pin stripes, and work...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Jul 16 1990 00:01:00

KEITH R. GOLLUST, 45, one of the Coniston Partners, on why his takeover firm is disbanding: ''The very favorable environment that encouraged this type of activity is changing. The business that we ...

We recommend