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Did CIA “mislead” filmmaker of “Zero Dark Thirty” — Questions from Feinstein, Intel committee (VIDEO)

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Saying that they’re concerned that the CIA may have “misled” filmmakers, U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is leading a trio of lawmakers in asking acting CIA director Michael Morell to answer questions about the making of the highly acclaimed movie, “Zero Dark Thirty.” Feinstein, along with , Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Carl […] [Read More]

Minutes into 113th Congress, CA House newbie Swalwell asked if he’ll run for President (VIDEO)

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The U.S. House of Representatives welcomed 84 new members today, including the youngest new member, East Bay Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell — who has already been interviewed on Capitol Hill about whether he’ll make a run for president. Swalwell, in a broadcast interview Politico.com, laughed that one off — and said today that as part […] [Read More]
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Did California legislators vote their pocket book on raising taxes for the wealthy? Check their net worths

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CA Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, a multi-millionaire who has repeatedly been ranked as one of the wealthiest lawmakers on Capitol Hill, is under attack for slamming the fiscal cliff tax bill — and failing to note his own personal tax stake in the measure. Media Matters took up the charge against Issa today, arguing that the […] [Read More]

How will Al Jazeera’s acquisition of SF-based Current TV affect stars Granholm and Newsom? (VIDEO)

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Al Jazeera’s reported acquistion of San Francisco-based Current TV — a development broken this afternoon in a New York Times blog — has the potential of changing the media universe not only for viewers, but also for the Bay Area political pundits who star on the cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore. The […] [Read More]

Obama urges action on Sandy; Boehner to meet with Northeast Republicans

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President Barack Obama Wednesday urged the House to take up the Sandy relief bill immediately. “When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge (House Republicans) to do the same.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sounded a similar note, saying, “When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. […] [Read More]
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Barney Frank’s one-liners

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It’s Barney Frank’s last day on the job as the 112th Congress comes to an end with the Democrat not seeking re-election. Frank, first elected to the House in 1979, has long been known for cracking wise; he once complained he couldn’t get all the way through the Starr report because there was “too much […] [Read More]
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Outrage over House GOP walking away from Sandy relief

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Wave after wave of outrage rolled through the House of Representatives, first Tuesday night then Wednesday morning, like the waves crashing against the ruined beaches of Long Island Sound. The House GOP leadership’s decision not to bring the Senate-passed Sandy supplemental relief aid bill to the floor Tuesday night stunned and angered Northeast legislators on both sides of […] [Read More]
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Over the cliff we go

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The House of Representatives prepared to recess late Monday without voting on a tax measure, guaranteeing the nation would go over the much-feared fiscal cliff. The Senate nevertheless remained in session to possibly vote on a deal that reportedly would wipe away Bush-era tax cuts for those earning over $400,000 individually and $450,000 for couples filing […] [Read More]
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