Dianne Feinstein says U.S. cannot drop hellfire missile on Jane Fonda

Sen. Dianne Feinstein doesn’t think much of her colleague Rand Paul’s all-night filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan, or at least some of Paul’s arguments. Lest we ascribe this to ideology, the California Democrat and the Kentucky libertarian Republican united last year in an unsuccessful battle to strip the indefinite detention provisions from the defense  
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Running of the bulls: Nappier to seek re-election as Dow hits high

The subject of speculation that she might not run again, the longest-tenured statewide office holder in Connecticut tells Hearst Connecticut Newspapers she hopes to be on the ballot in 2014. On a day
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Blumenthal proposes bill to fight ‘modern-day slavery’

By ALISON SULLIVAN Hearst Washington Bureau Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is leading a bipartisan effort to fight what he calls “modern day slavery.” Blumenthal has joined co-sponsors Sen. John
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The NRA, unvarnished

The National Rifle Association has more in common with the White House and Congress than you think. Its switchboard has been overwhelmed since the Dec. 14 massacre at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. So much so that the organization’s lobbying arm recorded this very telling greeting for its callers: “Your call is very important to  
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The not-so-scary Sequester

Friday may not be doomsday after all. President Obama said as much in a press conference Friday, when he said the sequester is “not apocalypse” but “just dumb.” He said he could not do a “Jedi mind-meld” to convince Republican leaders to avoid it. So Obama is not a Jedi but perhaps the White House  

Himes gets DCCC finance post

A senior staffer for Rep Jim Himes, D-CT4, confirmed late Wednesday that Himes will serve as finance chair for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the current election cycle. The DCCC
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Newtown witnesses testify powerfully at assault-weapons ban hearing

Continuing coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault-weapons ban: The crowd at the hearing, boisterous at other times, was utterly hushed as Newtown’s Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Heslin, testified, the father’s grief pouring across the room like a tsunami wave. Most of the Republican members of the  
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Ten ways you could feel Friday’s $85B federal budget cuts

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