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Sunday Study Guide: Feinstein, Rogers, Graham, Roundtable

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is in her fourth term in the U.S. Senate. She serves as the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and is the first woman to hold that position.
  • Feinstein’s committee held closed hearings on the attack in Benghazi.Feinstein was adamant about the importance of having David Petraeus testify on what he found on his recent trip to Benghazi. Petraeus did testify before the committee this week. 
  • Feinstein first came out against Petraeus’ resignation last week. After the announcement, she released a statement that read, “I wish President Obama had not accepted this resignation, but I understand and respect the decision.” However, after talking to Petraeus she later said, “I do think he did the right thing.”
  • Watch Sen. Feinstein’s most recent appearance on the show.


Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has represented Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District since 2001. Rogers previously served in the Michigan State Senate and as an FBI special agent.    
  • The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which Rogers chairs, also held closed hearings on the Benghazi attack this week. He has said evidence makes it “really difficult to come to the conclusion up front that it was a spontaneous, not planned, part of a protest” but rather “someone latched onto to what they wanted to hear in the intelligence that was provide.”
  • Rogers is one of the names mentioned in The New York Timesas a possible replacement for Petraeus as CIA director.
  • Here is his latest Meet the Press appearance.


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a member of the U.S. Senate representing South Carolina since 2003. Prior to the Senate, Graham represented the state’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
  • Graham and fellow Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), called for a temporary select committee to conduct Watergate-style hearings on the Benghazi attack. Graham said the process is now disjointed, and with the hearings they are calling for, he hopes Congress can tell the American people “we will have a process that will give them confidence, that Republicans and Democrats can say together, ‘We looked at this together, we looked at it in a professional coordinated fashion.”
  • In the same briefing, Graham said he would not support U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice if she was nominated for Secretary of State. Graham said, “I don’t trust her. And the reason I don’t trust her is because I think she knew better, and if she didn’t know better, she shouldn’t be the voice of America. Somebody has got to start paying a price around this place.”
  • Watch Sen. Graham’s most recent appearance on the show.


Roundtable: Labrador, Friedman, Podesta, Murphy, Mitchell

  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a Tea Party-supported congressman,was just re-elected to his second term in the House of Representatives. He recently spoke at a Conversations with Conservatives press conference, where he said the president “has a mandate to talk about it [raising taxes] and we [conservatives] have a mandate to fight it” and that they “will continue to fight any member of our Conference that decides this is a good time to raise taxes.” Watch his latest appearance on Meet the Press.
  • New York Times columnist Tom Friedmanwrote in his column this week that his fear is “the whole Middle East erupts in one giant sound and light show of civil wars, states collapsing and refugee dislocations” because, while other states in the region implode, “Syria would explode if a political resolution was not found quickly. That is exactly what’s happening.” He also co-authored “That Used to Be Us.” Watch his most recent Meet the Press appearance here.
  • John Podesta, chair of the Center for American Progress, was White House chief of staff to President Clinton. He predicted President Obama would be successful in his second term on immigration. He said, “I think the Republicans are back on their heels, having really gotten clobbered amongst Latino voters. And I think they’re ready to deal.” He is also the author of “The Power of Progress.” Watch his most recent appearance on the show.
  • Republican strategist Mike Murphysaid a major problem for Mitt Romney and Republicans in this election was demographics. “The country is changing and the people our party appeals to is a static group and that is a recipe for extinction. The question is whether or not we’re going to have an adult conversation inside the party about our need to attract more people other than grumpy old white guys and the policy problems we have.” Watch his latest appearance on the show.
  • NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell broke the story on Petraeus’ affair last week and this week on Rock Center with Brian Williams she took an in-depth look at the culture surrounding four-star generals. Watch her most recent Meet the Press appearance here.

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