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Durbin Asks Bush To Put Partisanship Behind Him
CHICAGO (WBBM) News Radio ^ | 11 November 2006

Posted on 11/12/2006 4:19:37 AM PST by KeyLargo

Durbin Asks Bush To Put Partisanship Behind Him

Bob Roberts Reporting

CHICAGO (WBBM) -- The Democrats are talking co-operation with President Bush, but already there is evidence that controversial legislation backed by the Bush administration won't move forward.

WBBM's Bob Roberts reports.

President Bush has asked the lame-duck Congress to give him legislation that would specifically authorize the wiretapping of foreign phone calls and computer traffic of suspected terrorists.

The issue came up Friday during a meeting hosted by the President with Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Instead, Durbin told WBBM Saturday, he is asking Mr. Bush to try something less controversial.

"We need to find more partnership and put behind the partisanship of the past," Durbin said. "I think we can do it. I suggested yesterday in the meeting, let's have some confidence-builders. Take some issues out that we agree on first and let's get them passed to prove to the American people that we can come together."

Durbin said agreement could come in areas where they has been confrontation in the past, such as judicial nominees.

"We encouraged him to send us moderate, centrist people and we would gladly approve them -- and do it quickly," he said.

Durbin made it clear he would rather wait until next year to look at more controversial issues.

"We just don't want to break down into a fight," he said. "There are so many things we need to do for this country and this economy."

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mr. Bush ordered the National Security Agency to monitor communications potentially related to al-Qaida between people in the U.S. and those overseas. He bypassed normal requirements for court approval of such eavesdropping, and the program came under harsh criticism after it was disclosed last December by The New York Times.

Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence and judiciary committees spent much of the year trying to find out details from the administration, to little avail. Much of the information is classified, and the White House has insisted that revealing it would mean compromising the war on terrorism.

The House passed a bill in September to allow warrantless wiretaps under certain restrictions. House and Senate intelligence committees and congressional leaders would have to be notified, the president would have to believe that a terrorist attack is imminent, and certification would have to be renewed every 90 days.

A Republican measure in the Senate favored by the administration would require the Justice Department to report twice a year to the House and Senate intelligence committees the number and kind of any such operations. It would permit the surveillance to continue for up to one year without a warrant. --- The House bill is H.R. 5825; the Senate bill is S. 3931.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: agentx; bohica; dickdurbin; durbin
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To: hnj_00
Because the MSM carries the water for the dems and its' already started. Dems are screaming about the bi-partiansism and MSM is carrying it for them. America public will believe that the DEMS want it but the underlining tone is the Repubs are against it. Sure looks like its' working. MSM carrying for Dems once again. We all know that the dems have no intention of bi-partian anything.
51 posted on 11/12/2006 7:03:06 AM PST by Strutt9
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To: Strutt9
That will certainly be the plan for the democrats, but republicans are going to have to step up to the plate and say they are tyring to work with the democrats but the democrats are too partisan. We have access to the press too. The minority leader and Bush should be on TV stressing that just like the democrats did in the past. It is what has to be done.
52 posted on 11/12/2006 7:09:55 AM PST by Hendrix
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To: hnj_00

Bi-partisan means all lib, all the time.


53 posted on 11/12/2006 7:17:34 AM PST by prov1813man
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To: Hendrix

Yes, but the Repubs have not stepped up to the plate. They, instead have kissed up to the MSM, hoping for a favorable review. If Repubs fight the MSM propaganda, then and only then will the public at-large realy consider the one-sideness of the press. Repubs have to get thier side of the story out there and not kiss up to them. Lynn Chenny did and its' was great.


54 posted on 11/12/2006 7:18:04 AM PST by Strutt9
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To: Hendrix

"We have access to the press too"

Really ? In ratios such that our nation voted for the party endorsed by those sworn to kill us all.

Some access.


55 posted on 11/12/2006 7:19:55 AM PST by prov1813man
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To: KeyLargo; melancholy; Valin; coles; Fester Chugabrew; michigander
Good Morning "KeyLargo"!!

"Durbin Asks Bush To Put Partisanship Behind Him"

I cannot think of an analogy for Durbin nasty enough and yet socially acceptable enough to be in print here!

Nancee

56 posted on 11/12/2006 7:25:18 AM PST by Nancee
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To: KeyLargo

The GOP should follow the example of "bipartisanship" that Dems have given us since they have been in the minority.


57 posted on 11/12/2006 7:30:56 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: prov1813man

I did not say we have equal access to the press, but we have enough to thwart the democrat plan if we put it to use. Republicans are going to have to get out in the media and fight for their ideas. The days of being the complacent majority are over.


58 posted on 11/12/2006 7:50:48 AM PST by Hendrix
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To: KeyLargo

why is it only "partisanship" to the dummocrats when it's a Republican issue?


59 posted on 11/12/2006 7:56:38 AM PST by machogirl
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To: Hardastarboard

when gas goes back up above $3.00 a gallon, we will be told that it's okay because it's "good for the environment", just like algore or some other leftist wacko wrote.


60 posted on 11/12/2006 7:59:31 AM PST by machogirl
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To: RedEyeJack

The President needs to remember what and who got him to the White House, and stick to the conservative agenda, then accuse the house and senate dummocrats of "holding America hostage and partisan politics." He needs to get off the first shot and keep going. Ending his term by kissing democrat butt is not how he should be remembered and it's not how I want to remember him.


61 posted on 11/12/2006 8:02:53 AM PST by machogirl
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To: KeyLargo

Sniff sniff... bi-partisanship smells like TREASON...


62 posted on 11/12/2006 8:05:35 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperboles)
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To: KeyLargo
"The Do nothing Congress"

If Bush plays the cards right, Conservatives will roll in 2008.

63 posted on 11/12/2006 8:10:45 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (C'est la vie)
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To: Northern Yankee
"I wish Bush had been more partisan! We might have won these elections."

I guess they want it official and put a D be after his name.

64 posted on 11/12/2006 8:16:49 AM PST by sweet_diane ("They hate us 'cause they ain't us.")
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To: piasa
"Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program"

Anything new on this investigation?
65 posted on 11/12/2006 8:17:13 AM PST by Angelas
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To: KeyLargo; All

People must understand once and for all:

BI-PARTISAN to the dems means - DO IT OUR WAY OR ELSE!

Get it!!


66 posted on 11/12/2006 8:17:22 AM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: KeyLargo
""We need to find more partnership and put behind the partisanship of the past," Durbin said. "I think we can do it. I suggested yesterday in the meeting, let's have some confidence-builders. Take some issues out that we agree on first and let's get them passed to prove to the American people that we can come together.""

What a bunch of BS there is no way to trust these RATS. They are just code phrases for give us all we want and maybe we will throw you a bone. BARF. Amen.
67 posted on 11/12/2006 8:21:20 AM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: sweet_diane

LOL...


68 posted on 11/12/2006 8:33:26 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Nancee
"I cannot think of an analogy for Durbin nasty enough and yet socially acceptable enough to be in print here!

Apparently you have too much class.

All you have to do is sink to his level.

Somehow I don't think you would consider that.

69 posted on 11/12/2006 8:38:11 AM PST by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: KeyLargo

The socialist definition of non-Partisan_ship is those who AGREE with them!


70 posted on 11/12/2006 8:41:08 AM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: Positive
Hi there "Positive"!!!

"All you have to do is sink to his level."

You're soooo right...I make every effort NOT to sink to his level...to be a lady and thoughtful...and perhaps, most of all, to be honest. This has all been so hard and has made me heartsick. So, I am most grateful for your kind comments!! :)

Nancee

71 posted on 11/12/2006 8:44:59 AM PST by Nancee
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To: Laverne

Durbin was re-elected in 2004 when the pubs had to run Alan Keyes.He won't be up for re-elect until 2010.PS-as an unfortunate Ill. resident,I refer to him as the "biggest Dick in Illinois"!Pistolpetestoys


72 posted on 11/12/2006 8:47:43 AM PST by pistolpetestoys (the ill-educated are more easily commanded)
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To: maxter

Date: Thursday, November 09, 2006
Senate Democrats exult over big win

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2006/11/09/index.html


73 posted on 11/12/2006 9:44:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: CyberAnt

Dick Durbin: Bush Fighter

John Nichols

"Durbin is ready for that fight. The new whip is a man of government, so much so that he once served as the parliamentarian for Democrats in the Illinois legislature...."

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050214/nichols/2


74 posted on 11/12/2006 9:52:10 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: maxter

AL JAZEERA NEWS

US senator stands by Nazi remark

Thursday 16 June 2005, 21:38 Makka Time, 18:38 GMT

The US holds about 520 detainees at Guantanamo Bay
Related:
Cheney defends Guantanamo prison
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Guantanamo closure not ruled out
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US senator: Shut down Guantanamo


A US senator has refused to apologise for comparing the actions of US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, while others have decried or defended the mandate and method used to hold prisoners there.

US Senator Dick Durbin on Wednesday refused to apologise for comments he made on the Senate floor referring to Nazis, Soviet gulags and a "mad regime" like Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in Cambodia."

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/796AA4AC-531C-4E6F-B855-7FBC52506824.htm


75 posted on 11/12/2006 10:39:34 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

You first, Dick.


76 posted on 11/12/2006 10:40:44 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: KeyLargo

Yes, put partisanship behind us and go along with the Democrats. In no time war will be a dim memory, the Fed budget deficit and debt will be a bad memory, the DJIA will be 100,000, and Sally Ann will be out of business due to no customers.


77 posted on 11/12/2006 10:43:48 AM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: KeyLargo

Never forget.


78 posted on 11/12/2006 11:09:08 AM PST by maxter
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To: Laverne
When is Durbin up for reelection anyway????

Turbin Durbinladin, the junior senator from the People's Republic of Illinois is up for re-election in 2008.

Several months ago, I sent him an e-mail stating that I am completely ashamed of him as our state senator and that I would do everything possible to prevent his re-election.

Durbinladin is a filthy, socialist puke who deserves to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

Illinois has become the 9th ring of liberal hell, due in no small part to Durbinladin, Osama Obama, Little King Richie Daley and Gov. Rod Bagoshi*.

What has happened to our state should serve as a warning to the rest of the nation.

79 posted on 11/12/2006 11:10:27 AM PST by Rollee
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To: pistolpetestoys
Durbin was re-elected in 2004 when the pubs had to run Alan Keyes.He won't be up for re-elect until 2010.PS-as an unfortunate Ill. resident,I refer to him as the "biggest Dick in Illinois"!

Sorry, but you are wrong. You are describing how our jr. senator, Osama Obama, was elected. Jack Ryan quit because of the "sex club with his wife" scandal and Alan Keyes was nominated in his place. Keyes was beaten badly by Osama.

Durbinladin ran against Jim Durkin in 2002 and won.

The rest of the nation should study Illinois' history and use it a warning.

80 posted on 11/12/2006 11:18:23 AM PST by Rollee
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To: Siena Dreaming
Durbin is another Dr. Smith form "Lost in Space".
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Will Robinson!
81 posted on 11/12/2006 11:44:11 AM PST by oyez (Why is it that egalitarians act like royalty?)
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To: KeyLargo

We'll be reading many more AP sourced butt kisser articles for the next 2 years at least. I am so happy I do not subscribe to any of these left wing soapbox orgs any more. The AP is the worst.


82 posted on 11/12/2006 11:50:46 AM PST by Hacksaw (Don't pick your nose at red lights..)
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