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FeinsteinPanetta.jpgWhat exactly was going through the minds of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and CIA director nominee Leon Panetta and as they shook hands this week at his confirmation hearing?

We want you to write a funny caption for the photo.

Feinstein, you might remember, was the first to throw cold water on Panetta's nomination after President Barack Obama tapped the former California congressman for the post.

"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I've read," said Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a statement. "My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."

She has since backed away from that and is supporting Panetta.

Are they talking about that? Or perhaps Feinstein's would-be bid for governor?

After all, Panetta, before getting the Obama nomination, had been running the California Forward nonprofit, dedicated to improving the state's governance.

And what's with the seeming death grip of a handshake?

For those of you new to Capitol Alert's caption contest, the process is pretty simple:

1. Look at the picture.
2. Pick a caption.
3. E-mail it to us.

When sending in submissions feel free to request anonymity. However, only those willing to have their real names published can win the grand prize: a $25 gift card to Starbucks.

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Photo: Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, greets Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Leon Panetta, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., center, looks on at center, prior to the start of Panetta's nomination hearing before the committee. Credit: AP Photo/ Susan Walsh


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