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  • Obama’s ineligibility: It is time to create a genuine opposition (Dim bulb Dick Durbin video)

    06/30/2011 6:37:54 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 30, 2011 | Lawrence Sellin
    The 2012 election is underway and it will be a street fight, whose outcome will determine if the United States survives as a republic. It is futile writing to Congress for the redress of grievances. They are only interested in getting elected, not in representing their constituents. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the Senate Majority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate. To me Dangerous Dick is indicative of how far the Congress has degenerated. (snip) Durbin thinks that it is acceptable for an illegal immigrant to become President. If you recall, it was...
  • Democrat Senator: Illegal Alien Could Be Our Future President (Durbin Flubs the Constitution)

    06/29/2011 8:42:44 PM PDT · by montag813 · 36 replies
    Stand With Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 06-29-2011 | Stand With Arizona (Facebook)
    Senator Dick Durbin has never been accused of being the brightest man in ANY room. However as a 3-term Senator one would at least expect him to know the basics of the U.S. Constitution that he swore an oath to defend. No such luck, as Durbin led off the first hearing of his pet 'DREAM Act' by asking all the illegals in his audience to stand up (you know, the ones 'hiding in the shadows') and then says he sees in them our future "doctors, our teachers...our senators, and maybe our president." Uh, Senator, try reading Article 2, Section 1,...
  • Durbin: Maybe Illegal Alien Will Become President Someday

    06/29/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Durbin: Maybe Illegal Alien Will Become President Someday Wednesday, June 29, 2011 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said in a congressional hearing Tuesday that a young person who is an illegal alien in the United States today may someday become president. “When I look around this room, I see America's future, our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our congressmen, our senators, and maybe our president,” Durbin said immediately after having asked all young persons in the room to stand if they were currently undocumented aliens who would...
  • Dems Push Ahead With DREAM Act, as ICE Offers New Guidelines for Illegal Immigrant Cases

    06/28/2011 6:09:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2011
    Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, as the Obama administration moves on a separate track to grant what some describe as "amnesty" to the same group. Durbin, D-Ill., in announcing the first-ever Senate hearing on the so-called DREAM Act, said his proposal would "make our country stronger." Under the plan, which passed the House last year but died in the Senate, illegal immigrants who came here as children and complete two years...
  • Gang of Six closes in on deficit deal (Saxby Chambliss: Ryan’s plan needs to hike taxes to work)

    04/12/2011 7:30:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/12/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Gang of Six negotiators are close to striking a deal on a deficit-reduction package, according to Senate sources.  White House officials and Democrats are pressing for the six negotiators to wrap up their talks by the Easter recess beginning on April 16. There is no deal yet, however, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has made clear that he will not be held to an arbitrary timeline.  Coburn has also insisted that a broad deficit reduction package include Social Security reform, something that Democratic negotiators such as Sens. Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) argue should be handled separately.  The...
  • Paul Rankles Reid on Libya

    04/02/2011 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    NRO ^ | 4/1/2011 | Robert Costa
    Washington — Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a Tea Party favorite, has boxed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) into a corner. After a quiet day of quorum calls and speeches, Reid abruptly adjourned the upper chamber Thursday and postponed votes until Monday. According to numerous Hill staffers, Paul deserves some credit for the impasse. Here’s the back story: On Wednesday, Paul, with little notice, attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill. The amendment, which chastises President Obama for his actions in Libya, urges members to adopt the president’s own words as “the sense of the Senate.” To...
  • U.S. Muslims Shouldn’t Talk With FBI Unless They Have a Lawyer, Activist Tells Senators

    03/30/2011 9:02:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 30, 2011 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A Muslim civil rights activist told Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) that she stands by the advice posted on her Web site that tells Muslims not to speak with the FBI or other law enforcement personnel unless a lawyer is present. Kyl said he was “stunned” that Farhana Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, would “issue those kind of instructions,” given the connection between many domestic terror attacks and radical Islam and the importance of cooperation from American Muslims to help thwart those attacks. “I would think that Muslim Americans would feel a special obligation to...
  • Dick Durbin’s cozy alliance with Wal-Mart, Home Depot and the giant retail lobby

    03/29/2011 11:28:40 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Jonathan Strong
    Everybody knows, as Sen. Dick Durbin keeps telling us, the credit card companies and big banks have a well-oiled lobbying machine on Capitol Hill fighting against a new law that gives the Federal Reserve the authority to set what price Visa, Mastercard and others get for debit and credit card purchases at retailers across the country. “I will tell you this: we are watching a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill the likes of which we’ve never seen. The banking industry and the credit card companies have so much money on the table,” Durbin griped Monday on CNBC. But hold on:...
  • Steve Emerson Exposes Durbin Hearings as Cover for Islamists

    03/28/2011 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 3/28/11 | Frank Gaffney
    Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism joined me on the radio today and shared some shocking information about several people involved in the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing set for Tuesday in the US Senate. The first, a witness for the hearing, Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates who alleged that the FBI was trying to entrap the Imam who helped Nazibullah Zazi evade FBI surveillance– and concluded that Muslims should not help the FBI. Emerson documents other shocking instances of U.S. government political cover for America’s enemies–
  • Senate Hearing To Protect Muslim Civil Rights

    03/23/2011 11:56:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 23, 2011
    In “response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry,” the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled a special hearing for early next week to better protect Muslim civil rights in America. Organized by Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, who chairs the judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, the event will mark the first-ever congressional hearing on Muslim civil rights. Durbin put it together because he claims there’s been a surge in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year. As examples he offers Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination....
  • Durbin to host hearings on protecting Muslim civil rights

    03/23/2011 8:00:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Durbin to host hearings on protecting Muslim civil rights By Daniel Strauss - 03/23/11 09:50 AM ET Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) plans to hold hearings on protecting American Muslims' civil rights, his office announced Tuesday night. The hearings come a few weeks after Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) held controversial hearings of his own on the radicalization of American Muslims. Those hearings were widely criticized by Democrats who worried that they unfairly singled out Muslim Americans. But an official with knowledge of the matter said that Durbin's hearings are not meant to counter King's. Instead, it comes "in response...
  • Senate to hold hearings on Muslims' rights

    03/23/2011 3:42:04 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Just weeks after House Republicans held a hearing looking at the dangers of radical Muslims in the U.S., Senate Democrats are countering with a hearing of their own, scheduled for after Congress returns from a 10-day vacation, to examine Muslims' civil rights. Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, announced the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, saying there has been a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year that demands closer attention. (edit) The hearing will be the first ever before the Judiciary Committee's new subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights, which Democrats created this year. Mr....
  • Inside the White House-Congress Meeting on Libya (Obama Spox: U.S. involvement "days not weeks")

    03/18/2011 6:46:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    The Cable, Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | Josh Rogin
    SNIP The other lawmakers in attendance (beside Sen. Richard Lugar R-IN) were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TX), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough held a conference call with...
  • 64 Senators Declare Obama AWOL On Deficit, Entitlements

    03/18/2011 12:32:05 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 45 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/18/2011 | Sean Higgins
    In a sign of how frustrated members of both parties are with President Obama’s disengagement from the budget debate on Capitol Hill, a supermajority of 64 senators, including Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have signed a letter urging the president to “to engage in a broader discussion about a comprehensive deficit reduction package.” Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., organized the effort. In a conference call with reporters today, Johanns said any hope for broad reform will require leadership from the White House, which the lawmakers haven’t seen so far.
  • An Introduction to Democrat Mathematics

    03/06/2011 9:44:23 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 10 replies
    Religio Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 3-6-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    (If you need an embed code, message me.) In this video I uploaded to my Facebook and embedded on my blog, you see Sen. Dick Durbin confronted with the faux math that Democrats seem to be in love with.
  • Top Democrat draws line in sand in budget fight (Shut 'er down!)

    03/06/2011 3:21:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/6/2011 | Thomas Ferraro
    Assistant Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin drew a line in the sand on Sunday in his party's budget battle with Republicans, who are pushing deep spending cuts to trim the federal deficit. Durbin, one of President Barack Obama's top allies in Congress, said he opposed going beyond the $10.5 billion in domestic, non-defense discretionary spending cuts that Democrats have backed. Republicans want $61 billion in spending reductions. "I think we've pushed this to the limit," Durbin told the "Fox News Sunday" television program as Congress and the White House prepared for another week of showdowns that threaten a government shutdown....
  • Lawmakers want SEC to stand firm on strict conflict minerals rules

    03/05/2011 6:55:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 5, 2011 | Peter Schroeder
    Business groups are warning that it might be impossible to comply with proposed rules requiring companies to track whether minerals came from combat-torn parts of Africa. But the two lawmakers behind the so-called "conflict minerals" provision are telling regulators to stand firm and issue strict rules as quickly as possible. The standoff played out this week in a series of comment letters filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to implement a provision forcing companies to take stock of how they obtain certain minerals. The provision is intended to make...
  • Durbin: Wisconsin workers shouldn't be 'badgered' by governor (Ryan - "Cairo's moved to Madison.")

    02/18/2011 6:45:49 AM PST · by bronxville · 30 replies
    The Hill blog ^ | 02-18-2011 | Daniel Strauss
    Durbin: Wisconsin workers shouldn't be 'badgered' by governor By Daniel Strauss - 02/18/11 07:52 AM ET One of the Senate's top Democrats has come out in support of Wisconsin workers protesting labor reforms by the state's governor. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in a press statement released Thursday night, criticized Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker's labor reforms as a way of keeping workers from winning fair pay. “Workers across the country should have the right to stand together for fair compensation and a safe workplace," Durbin said. "Wisconsin’s teachers and state workers should not be badgered by a governor...
  • Senators: Ban smokeless tobacco use in MLB

    02/16/2011 1:22:02 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 36 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 2/15/11 | Ken Strickland
    Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all tobacco use in the sport, specifically citing smokeless products. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey are suggesting that Selig push for a ban as part of the negotiations in the players' collective bargaining agreement later this year. Major League Baseball banned tobacco use in its minor leagues in 1993, but still allows it in the big leagues. The senators say Major League Baseball "is undoubtedly complicit" in the increase its use with school-aged boys.
  • Durbin: Obama Administration Should Enforce Obamacare Even Though Judge Ruled It Unconstitutional

    02/03/2011 10:29:26 PM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 133 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | Febriaru 3. 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Following a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the constitutionality of the new health care law, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told CNSNews.com that the Obama administration should continue enforcing the health care law despite federal judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that it is unconstitutional.
  • Durbin to chair hearing on health care (constitutionality - on Wednesday)

    02/01/2011 6:59:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Southern ^ | 2/01/11 | CALEB HALE
    Durbin to chair hearing on health careBY CALEB HALE, THE SOUTHERN Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 2:00 am U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will be chairing a congressional hearing Wednesday on the constitutionality of last year's health care reform bill, an event that will likely challenge Monday's latest ruling by a federal Florida judge the law is unconstitutional. Durbin, D-Springfield, a staunch supporter of the reform, said two judges have upheld the law and two found that Congress over-reached its boundaries in mandating people buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. Legal challenges, which have been brought up in 26...
  • This Is Not A Good Sign, Not By A Lonshot

    01/24/2011 10:23:03 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 59 replies
    www.absolutelynobama.com ^ | January 25, 2011 | Alan Levy
    On January 23, Little Dickie Durbin (S-Ill) had this to say to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "China, our major creditor, is in a position where tomorrow, if they've announced that they've lost confidence in the dollar and the American economy, it would have a devastating impact on people across America, businesses, homeowners, people who rely on interest rates in terms of their own daily activities." http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/transcript/sen-mcconnell-talks-state-union-sen-durbin-working-republican-house?page=3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Needless to say, I have never agreed with Little Dickie on anything. After all, the Dickster believes in social justice, wealth redistribution, the lie/false religion known as Climate Change, and...
  • Rush Limbaugh: No G'itmo Torture, Just San Francisco Fun

    07/14/2005 6:16:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 1,302+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7/14/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: "A Senate panel was told there was no torture at G'itmo." Club G'itmo featured no torture whatsoever. "The military investigation of interrogations at Club G'itmo found no torture occurred but one high-value al-Qaeda operative was subjected to abusive and degrading treatment when he was forced to wear a bra, do dog tricks, and stay awake for 20 hours a day. 'We look at this very, very carefully. No torture occurred,' Air Force Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt testified yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 'Detention and interrogation operations across the board looking through all the evidence that we could,...
  • Free Speech in the Crosshairs

    01/11/2011 3:24:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2011 | Joe Herring
    This can't be happening again. A terrible tragedy, followed by vile recrimination and politically motivated accusations. Were no lessons learned after the slander of conservatives following the Oklahoma City bombing? Aside from the terrible specter of psychotic gunmen legislating with bullets, we now have to deal with the inanities of shameless members of the nattering class in a redux of the Clinton blame-game. In a "Special Comment" segment aired the day of the Giffords shooting, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann began his segment by laying the blame for this shooting at the feet of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and others. Olbermann apologized...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin: Past Rhetoric Of Sarah Palin And Tea Party “Beyond The Bounds”

    01/09/2011 9:02:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 9, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    Senator Dick Durbin appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and told Candy Crowley that Sarah Palin’s gun imagery of targeting certain congressional districts was “beyond the bounds” and “not acceptable rhetoric.” Although when pressed by Crowley, Durbin did not want to suggest there was a direct connection between the rhetoric and yesterday’s shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, nor whether there was similarly unacceptable rhetoric amongst Democrats. Durbin explained: “We live in a world of violent images and violent words, but those of us in public life and the journalists who cover us, should be thoughtful in response to this and...
  • Democratic leader: Cool the political rhetoric

    01/09/2011 9:23:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | January 9, 2011 | AP
    The No. 2 Senate Democrat is calling on lawmakers and the media to tone down the political language in the wake of a congresswoman's shooting in Arizona. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "toxic rhetoric" can lead unstable individuals to believe violence is an acceptable response Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is warning against blaming political groups for the attack.
  • Citing health law's benefits, Senate Democrats warn Boehner they'll block health care repeal

    01/03/2011 10:10:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/03/11 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Top Senate Democrats are warning House Speaker-elect John Boehner they'll block any Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Citing better Medicare prescription coverage and other changes in the new law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his top lieutenants say the overhaul "is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care." The letter says repeal would have "unintended consequences" for the part of the law that gradually closes the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, as well as for other popular consumer benefits. Also signing the letter are Sens....
  • John McCain at his fieriest before 'don't ask, don't tell' vote (McLame throws temper tantrum)

    12/18/2010 10:02:21 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 112 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-12-18 | Dana Milbank
    (snip) Saturday's debate on the repeal of the "don't-ask-don't-tell" policy was only half an hour old when the Arizona Republican burst onto the floor from the cloakroom, hiked up his pants and stalked over to his friend Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Ignoring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who had the floor, McCain hectored the men noisily for a few moments, waving his arms for emphasis. When McCain finally stormed off, Durbin shook his head in exasperation and Lieberman smiled. A minute later, McCain returned - he had apparently remembered another element of his grievance -...
  • Sen. Durbin Doesn't Directly Respond to Question of Whether He Accepts Judgment of Marine...

    12/17/2010 2:47:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 17, 2010 | Dan Joseph
    Complete title: Sen. Durbin Doesn't Directly Respond to Question of Whether He Accepts Judgment of Marine Commandant That Lifting the Ban on Homosexuals in Military Will Cost the Lives of Marines (CNSNews.com) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) did not directly respond when asked Thursday whether he accepted the judgement of Gen. James Amos, the Marine Commandant, that lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military will cost the lives of Marines.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he would “have to consider” Amos’s view “during my vote."The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to repeal the law (Title 10, USC 654) that bars homosexuals from...
  • Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near

    12/05/2010 8:32:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Decmber 5, 2010 | David M. Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse
    White House officials and Congressional Republicans said Sunday they were closing in on a deal to temporarily continue the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels, while bitterly frustrated Democratic Congressional leaders began exploring whether they would have the votes for such a package. A day after the Senate rejected President Obama’s preferred tax plan, officials said the broad contours of a compromise were in focus. Rather than extending the tax rates only on income described by Democrats as middle class — up to $250,000 a year for couples and $200,000 for individuals — the deal would also keep the...
  • Dems Roll Out Dream Act No. 5

    12/02/2010 9:30:11 AM PST · by freespirited · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/02/10 | Scott Wong
    Senate Democrats have introduced their fifth version of the DREAM Act this year in a bid to tackle concerns from critics and win support from a handful of moderate lawmakers from both parties. But the immigration legislation continues to draw fire from opponents and face stiff odds in the lame-duck session — and this was even before Republicans vowed Wednesday to filibuster all bills until the Senate votes to extend Bush-era tax cuts and fund the federal government. The DREAM Act would provide a path to legalization for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, if they...
  • It's official: Olin ammo production to Mississippi (Union drives 800 jobs out of Illinois)

    11/03/2010 2:01:35 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 161 replies
    St. Louis Post Disgrace ^ | November 3, 2010 | STEVE GIEGERICH
    The Olin Corp. announced Wednesday that it will suspend production of centerfire ammunition at its plant in East Alton and re-locate the manufacturing operation to Oxford, Miss. The move comes less than 24 hours after members of the union representing over Olin 800 workers rejected concessions that would have allowed them to keep their jobs. "Our focus always has been on ensuring that we continue producing high-quality products for our customers in an increasingly competitive market," president and CEO Joseph D. Rupp said in a prepared statement. "While I am disappointed that employees represented by the International Association of Machinists...
  • Senate Dems warn GOP not to block legislation

    11/03/2010 1:19:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 220 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 3, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    The top three Senate Democrats said the onus was on the newly-strengthened GOP conference to cooperate on legislation next year. Republicans picked up six Senate seats Tuesday night, not enough to take control of the chamber but the new numbers will make it harder for Democrats to get the necessary 60 votes to proceed on controversial legislation. Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, pledged to work with the Republicans but also emphasized the GOP’s responsibility to not block legislation. Reid, especially,...
  • Durbin makes one Tuesday prediction: Harry Reid is safe

    10/31/2010 11:33:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The Hill [Washington, DC] ^ | 10/31/10 | Vicki Needham
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made only one prediction for Tuesday's elections: Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will hang onto his seat. On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Durbin said he wouldn't speculate about new party leadership, specifically whether he'd vote for New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) to take over helm of the party, even if Reid keeps his seat. Durbin said he promised Reid he wouldn't discuss possible changes in party leadership until after the elections. Durbin's name also is circulating as a possible choice to take Reid's place regardless of the outcome on Tuesday.
  • Why a vote for Sharron Angle could steer Senate to the left (with RAT Dick Turbin in charge?)

    10/28/2010 10:10:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 10/28/10 | Karoun Demirjian
    Why a vote for Sharron Angle could steer Senate to the leftConservatives’ effort to oust Reid might result in more liberal action on weighty Nevada issues By Karoun Demirjian Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 | 2:01 a.m. While Republican Sharron Angle has called Harry Reid a liberal voice for special interests, it is Angle who may become the best friend of liberals in Washington should she defeat the majority leader. As the Senate’s top-ranking Democrat, Reid serves a dual role in Washington: representative of Nevada and chief driver of the Senate agenda. Take Reid away and there will be a new...
  • Alito Won’t Attend Next State of the Union

    10/14/2010 8:48:16 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 09:51 AM | By: Theodore Kettle
    Asked if he would attend the State of the Union address next year, after the TV cameras this year caught him objecting to President Obama’s denigration of the country’s highest court, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said, “I doubt that I will be there in January.” Delivering the Manhattan Institute’s prestigious Wriston Lecture on Wednesday evening, Alito noted that other justices, like the recently retired John Paul Stevens and current Justice Antonin Scalia “stopped the practice of attending State of the Union addresses, because they have become very political.” Attendees of the black tie event in New York City told...
  • Durbin 'most eloquent'? According to magazine survey, yes

    08/30/2010 3:30:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 30, 2010 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris figure prominently in the just-released list of "Best & Worst of Congress," in the September issue of Washingtonian magazine. Durbin emerges as highly regarded, but the best that can be said for Burris is that he didn't make the top 3 in a category called "biggest disappointment," which was led by Republican newcomer Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
  • Illegal Aliens Plan Mock Graduation Ceremony Tuesday

    07/19/2010 2:40:07 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies · 1+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 7/19/2010 | David Hogberg
    On Tuesday, the Lutheran Church of Reformation located at 212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, D.C. will hold a mock graduation ceremony for “undocumented students.” As “undocumented worker” is a euphemism for illegal alien, “undocumented student” is a euphemism for a minor who came here illegally with his or her parents and is attending a school in the U.S. Thus, there will be potentially quite a few illegal aliens at an exact time and place in D.C. tomorrow. Wonder if the Immigration and Customs Service will show up?
  • Durbin Asks Obama To Appoint Carp Czar

    06/27/2010 7:02:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/ ^ | June 27, 2010 | Joel Hood
    As concerns mount about the presence of Asian carp near Lake Michigan, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today urged President Obama to appoint a carp czar to oversee efforts to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. "We need to have one person who coordinates the efforts of the federal, state and local agencies that are doing everything they can to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan," Durbin said during a news conference at the Shedd Aquarium. "We believe it's absolutely essential."
  • Durbin asks Obama to appoint carp czar

    06/26/2010 7:32:53 AM PDT · by bamahead · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Breaking News Center ^ | June 25, 2010 | Joel Hood
    As concerns mount about the presence of Asian carp near Lake Michigan, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today urged President Obama to appoint a carp czar to oversee efforts to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. "We need to have one person who coordinates the efforts of the federal, state and local agencies that are doing everything they can to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan," Durbin said during a news conference at the Shedd Aquarium. "We believe it's absolutely essential."
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Stop the Durbin Interchange Amendment!

    06/08/2010 4:12:02 PM PDT · by Marty62 · 17 replies · 1,246+ views
    myCU | June 8,2010
    Stop the Durbin Interchange Amendment! Important Information about the Durbin Interchange Amendment 1. What is the Durbin Interchange Amendment? The Durbin Interchange Amendment is an addition to a large bill passed by the Senate called the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217). The amendment was added at the last minute with little debate or discussion and was not included in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ACT (H.R. 4173) passed previously by the House of Representatives. Senate and House of Representatives are meeting in conference to decide what will be included in the final bill. This...
  • Rahm, Durbin In The Chief-Of-Staff Shuffle?

    05/26/2010 12:24:09 PM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies · 873+ views
    The Chicagoist ^ | May 26, 2010 | Karl Klockars
    Some are beginning to question just how much longer Rahm Emanuel will be occupying the office of Chief of Staff for President Obama. Which, of course, leads to a couple other questions - who gets the seat next, and what would Rahmbo do afterwards? He's already expressed an interest in taking the mayor's office, he's long desired to be Speaker of the House and the head of the Democratic National Convention, and then there are those pesky "placeholder" rumors about his initial appointment to his current position. Couple all this with the growing drumbeats about the unnamed "administration official" who...
  • Senate Democratic Whip Compares Sealing the Mexican Border to Trying to Keep Drugs Off of I-95

    05/21/2010 2:54:57 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 30 replies · 488+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the effort to secure the U.S.-Mexico border is like trying to guarantee that “no narcotics and no guns are going to pass illegally” along I-95, a major highway up and down the Atlantic seaboard. “The Mexico-U.S. border, almost 2,000 miles long, is the most frequently crossed international border in the world -- 250 million people cross annually, one-half million cross illegally,” Durbin said on Tuesday during a hearing on drug enforcement in Mexico and Colombia conducted by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. “So when there are folks who talk about...
  • No Miles for You

    05/16/2010 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 11 replies · 491+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 05/16/2010 | Shout Bits
    This week the US Senate voted to outlaw earning frequent flyer miles from credit card transactions. Of course Sen. Durbin, the amendment’s sponsor, would not put it that way. Durbin rather said that by capping the fees charged to retailers, small businesses would benefit. Sadly, Durbin is wrong on both counts; his proposed law would outlaw frequent flyer miles and harm small business. . . .
  • Obama Travels Home Tonight

    05/13/2010 3:06:53 PM PDT · by STD · 18 replies · 719+ views
    STD | 5/13/10 | STD
    In what should be a surprise to the American people, those blissfully unaware of total government corruption; Zero travels to a celebration thrown for him by his number one campaign donars at Goldman Sachs. What a sidesplitting, hipslapping event this should be as they all celebrate bank bailouts and laugh at our financial distress. Wait did I hear this properly? Could it be possible after that live TV grilling of Goldman Sach's CEO's three weeks ago by the Senate Finance Committee, Zero's still warmly welcomed on Wall Street? How's it possible that Goldman Sachs is actually paying for this lavish...
  • Obama's Human Rights and Non-Nuclear Utopia

    05/11/2010 6:18:55 AM PDT · by SovereigntyFirst · 1 replies · 147+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | May 11, 2010 | Veronica and Hugo Estrada
    Changing America: human rights outweighing sovereignty and defense. Lest Senate Democrats choose to insert the language of S. 1346 into another bill, sitting en queue is The Bill Dick Cheney and the Sundry Bad Guys who prosecuted The Engagement Formerly Known as WOT TM should be worried about. So should anyone else who defends America on foreign soil. So should our allies. Introduced by Democratic Senators Durbin, Cardin, Feingold, Feinstein, and Leahy in June '09 and considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee May 6th, the Crimes Against Humanity Act would more than just "[open] the door to demands of reciprocity...
  • VIDEO: Suicide By Irony: Chicago Rail Boss Commits Suicide By Train

    05/07/2010 11:14:59 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 20 replies · 866+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/06/10 | Friends of Ours
    Phil Pagano, the chief executive of Chicago's commuter rail system who was under investigation for paying himself a $56,000 bonus, "committed suicide by stepping in front of a commuter train" as reported by Andrew Stern for Reuters. Apparently suicide is the Chicago way: "Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Michael Scott shot himself to death along the Chicago River in November; and Christopher Kelly, an aide to ousted former state governor Rod Blagojevich, committed suicide in September before he was due to begin a prison term."
  • UPDATE:Metra Director Pagano Throws Himself Front Of Train Sources Say[Feds Durbin Probe Rail Boss]

    05/07/2010 9:40:00 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 125 replies · 3,146+ views
    SunTimes ^ | May 7, 2010 | MICHAEL SNEED
    Embattled Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, under investigation by his own agency for financial issues, threw himself in front of a Metra train this morning and was killed, sources said. It happened in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake just after 8 a.m.
  • Feds, Durbin Join Probe into Metra's Pagano [The Rail Boss]

    05/06/2010 4:41:42 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies · 361+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | 5/5/2010 2:28 PM CDT | GregHinz.
    In an ominous sign of a still-spreading political scandal, federal officials are probing potential misuse of U.S. funds by exiled Metra chief Phil Pagano. In a series of developments, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who has helped Metra obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants in recent years, called on the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation to "investigate whether any federal funds were misused or spent in any unauthorized way." Mr. Durbin's action came after the Federal Transit Administration — the USDOT unit that actually makes grants to transit operators — put Metra on restricted...