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  • Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis When He Visits the USA

    08/21/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/21/2015 | Emily Wilkins
    Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope's U.S. schedule includes an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and a meeting two days later with immigrants and Hispanic families at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “He’s been clear on our failure to respond appropriately to immigrants and refugees,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told CQ. “I don’t think anyone will...
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • Washington’s gas tax guzzlers "maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them"

    01/12/2015 6:12:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    wash times ^ | 1/11/15 | s moore
    Suddenly everyone in Washington wants a gas tax hike — apparently so that consumers don’t save too much money at the pump. As prices keep falling, the politicians and the moochers in Washington want a piece of the action. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and even Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have linked arms with the entire road-building industry and green groups that want the cost of fuel to go up.Mrs. Pelosi won’t even hide her cynical motivation: With gas prices low, maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them: “If there’s...
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • Activists Warn of Possible Dangers of Deferred Action in Video

    08/16/2012 12:31:01 PM PDT · by AuntB · 32 replies
    Hispanically speaking news ^ | Aug. 15, 2012 | Hispanically Speaking News
    A group of pro-immigrant activists in Chicago on Tuesday released an informational video warning about the possible dangers of deferred action, which on Wednesday will begin to register undocumented young people who want to try and postpone deportation. The video, “Defer the Bulls—t,” may be seen online at and is an effort to resist the government’s alleged disinformation campaign about the program. “While some youth may have a chance at relief, Deferred Action is at best insufficient, and at worst misleading, dangerous and deliberately deceptive,” said Jose Herrera of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign on Tuesday. Some 20 members...
  • Hedge Funds Pay Top Dollar for Washington Intelligence

    10/04/2011 8:23:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 4, 2011 | BRODY MULLINS And SUSAN PULLIAM
    At a breakfast fund-raiser last year at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, former lobbyist Paul Equale pulled up a chair next to Sen. Richard Durbin. As they chatted, the Illinois Democrat told him about a recent breakthrough in his efforts to push through a bill to cap debit-card fees. At a breakfast fund-raiser last year at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, former lobbyist Paul Equale pulled up a chair next to Sen. Richard Durbin. As they chatted, the Illinois Democrat told him about a recent breakthrough in his efforts to push through a bill to cap debit-card fees. Some investment...
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)

    02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies · 668+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. -snip- Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.
  • Number-two Senate Democrat 'in the dark' about health care bill (Durbin Clueless About ReidCare)

    12/13/2009 6:16:38 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies · 794+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2009 | Byron York
    Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is "in the dark" about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, "Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal is that the Senate Majority Leader is going to propose to the entire Senate?" Durbin's answer: "I would say to the senator from Arizona that I am in the dark almost as much as he is, and I am in the leadership." Durbin explained that during a...
  • A Bittersweet Glance Behind the Scenes

    09/06/2006 4:41:43 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 120+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/06/06 | Purple Mountains
    While it was with a certain sense of satisfaction that I listened to President Bush describe some of the details of how we have dealt with these high level Islamic terrorists and how this has led to the uncovering and the shutting down of some terrifying terrorist plots, his speech renewed the outrage I have felt with liberal members of the Supreme Court and their cohorts in Congress and in the press.
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 6/24 and 6/25/06 (not the live thread)

    06/23/2006 7:42:56 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 34 replies · 944+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 6/23/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 6/24 and 6/25/06 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.Sunday Shows for 6-25-06 ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: What is wrong with these Democrats?  We hand them the election on a silver platter and they just screw it up!Bush has had two good weeks - it's time to bring out the big guns and knock that fool down a peg Topics: Iraq Withdrawal?: In a pair of exclusive...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 5/27 - 5/28 (not the live thread)

    05/26/2006 2:28:49 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 37 replies · 1,012+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 5/26/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 5/27 - 5/28/06 (not the live thread)The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: The power of the MSM is unassailable!watch as they destroy the evil right wingers and crown the good progressives while blaming everything on the United States (It's what they do best) Topics: Reports of a massacre in Haditha, IraqThe immigration debate Guests Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Duncan Hunter doesn't realize it yet, but he's...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 4/1 and 4/2/06 (not the live thread)

    03/31/2006 4:17:45 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 29 replies · 916+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 3/31/06 | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: The Republicans are doomed if they do and doomed if they don't on immigration Topics: The Republican brawl over immigration: An interview with pollster Matthew Dowd on the politics of reform (Opinion Journal web site)Journal editors handicap the showdown between President Bush and GOP restrictionists. (Opinion Journal web site)Immigration reform and the Hispanic vote: Are hard-line Republicans jeopardizing the GOP's future as a majority party for short-term gains this November? (FNC web site) Guests Matthew Dowd I used to work for George Bush, now I work the Ahnuld on his...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 3/18 - 3/19 (not the live thread)

    03/17/2006 7:12:26 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 44 replies · 1,082+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 3/17/06 | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: Fissures in the GOP - immigration Topics: "Are Republicans headed for a political meltdown over immigration?" (as per Opinion Journal web site)"Immigration reform controversy: We'll examine policies under consideration" (as per FNC show page)"Plus, what a hard line on immigration means for this year's midterm elections" (as per FNC show page) Guests Colorado Governor Bill Owens I have a plan, just like the plan that's failing the President Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review illegal immigration isn't really a problem, really Stephen Moore, Walls Street JournalJason Riley, Walls Street JournalPaul Gigot, Walls...
  • Safe and Secure Food Act of 2005

    02/02/2006 5:31:12 AM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 470+ views
    The Library of Congress ^ | Jul 28, 2005 | Sen. Richard Durbin
  • Durbin, Again

    08/16/2005 3:06:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,088+ views
    NRO ^ | August 16, 2005 | Stephen Spruiell
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend Version August 16, 2005, 8:24 a.m. Durbin, Again The Illinois Democrat makes another mess for himself. By Stephen Spruiell The story unfolding over George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley's dispute with Sen. Dick Durbin's office over John Robert's religious convictions took a new turn Monday when Charles Hurt of the Washington Times reported on a letter that Turley sent to Durbin's office in an effort to set the record straight. Last month, Turley wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which he reported on a meeting that took place between...
  • Durbin Throws Down the Gauntlet on Roberts, terms nominee "controversial" (D'ya think?)

    07/21/2005 3:52:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 2,381+ views
    ILLINOIS LEADER.COM ^ | JULY 19, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Democrat Leader in the U.S. Senate, has wasted little time in launching against Judge John Roberts, President Bush's choice for the Supreme Court slot being vacated by retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Durbin has said that the President's decision to put forward John Roberts, 50, who he termed a "controversial nominee" guarantees a "controversial nomination process." Durbin previously clashed with Roberts during the confirmation process for the federal judgeship he now holds. Durbin questioned Roberts characterization of the Rehnquist Court as not necessarily conservative, saying that the the record of the court...
  • IL Cong delegation reacts to Durbin Gitmo comments (Schakowsky says Bush Admin should apologize)

    06/22/2005 10:22:03 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 15 replies · 556+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | June 21, 2005 | Nekesa Josey
    (Here is the relevant passage. Other than Speaker Hastert, the Illinois Congressional delegation has been pretty quiet. Except for Evanston's Jan Schakowsky, a human-hangover from the 1960s.) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-9): "The Bush Administration and Republican leaders are engaged in a pathetic attempt to make Senator Dick Durbin's condemnation of the use of torture at Guantanamo Bay an issue. As a result of the revelations of conditions at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram prison in Afghanistan, the Republicans owe the American people, our soldiers and veterans an apology for undermining American values such as the Rule of Law, putting our...
  • Hold the Rice

    06/21/2005 7:04:48 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 950+ views ^ | 06-21-05 | Farah, Joseph
    Hold the Rice -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 21, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 The more I see and hear of Condoleezza Rice, the less I respect her. Don't get me wrong. I think it would be exciting to have a serious black candidate for president – one who understood freedom, the Constitution, individual rights, the American Dream. I would love to see a great woman – like Margaret Thatcher or Jeanne Kirkpatrick – make a serious bid for the presidency in my lifetime. It's just that Condoleezza Rice, unfortunately, is not that person. I'm sure her knowledge and insight...
  • Nets Target U.S. Military "Abuses," But Skip Dick Durbin's "Nazi" Rant "

    06/17/2005 2:37:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 706+ views
    MEDIA RESEARCH.ORG ^ | JUNE 17, 2005 | Tim Scheiderer
    Complaints about the U.S. military's treatment of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay were once again featured on all three broadcast network evening newscasts Wednesday. Full stories on ABC, CBS and NBC cast the military on the defensive at congressional hearings. CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer — who has likened Guantanamo to the "Hanoi Hilton," the infamous North Vietnamese prison camp — grumped that "Congress asked a lot of questions today" about Guantanamo, but "the problem is, they didn't get many answers." ABC followed up its story on yesterday's hearings with a second full report by ABC's Terry Moran, who zeroed...

    06/17/2005 6:44:29 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 71 replies · 3,273+ views
    “Comparison of U.S. Soldiers to the Nazis is irresponsible and dangerous” Washington, D.C. — Sparked by recent comments from Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Steve Buyer (IN-04), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, called on the Senator to apologize to U.S. servicemembers for comparing them to Nazis. The Associated Press reported, “During a speech Tuesday, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat quoted from an FBI agent’s report describing detainees at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay… ‘You would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or...
  • Durbin's Demons - (this man should be forced to resign, or voted out of office!)

    06/16/2005 4:22:36 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 31 replies · 1,020+ views
    Spurred on by the fact that the US mainstream media allows and even encourages the Democrats to be as outrageous as possible (after all---it’s the MSM’s Party too!), Senator Dick Durbin has decided to challenge Howard Dean and Ted “the swimmer” Kennedy for buffoon of the year; if not the decade. Not satisfied with only comparing conservatives to the evil ones, Durbin decided to compare member of our US Military to Nazis, Cambodia’s genocidal leader Pol Pot and, of course, the Soviet gulags . In fact, he said as part of his inordinately long and loathsome diatribe: “On one occasion,...
  • The Democratic Leadership and the Radical Left (Reid's Office "in near daily contact with Kos.")

    06/06/2005 4:50:36 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 44 replies · 2,043+ views
    EMAIL | 06/06/05 | Senator Elizabeth Dole
    I have watched with great interest and sometimes shock the ever developing closeness between some of the most radical, liberal groups in the country and the Democratic Party Leadership. The Capitol Hill news publication "Roll Call" recently described the intimate collaborations that have occurred between the extreme liberal group "" and the offices of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and The Democratic National Party Chairman Howard Dean. The article described the frequent strategy sessions and conference calls between the Democratic Leadership offices and This is the same George Soros funded group that once opposed...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day (4/13/2005)

    04/13/2005 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Beckwith · 17 replies · 1,087+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 4/13/2005 | Beckwith
    Kathy Kelly was arrested at Senator Richard Durbin’s office in Chicago, on April 5, along with three other anti-war activists.  The Senate Appropriations Committee is to consider a spending bill on April 6 to provide nearly $80 billion more to fund the war in Iraq.  They sought a pledge from Senator Durbin to vote against the bill. Kelly was informed that that Senator Durbin will vote for the supplemental spending bill.  Kelly and her group then disrupted the operations of the senator's office by reading the names of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have lost their lives in...
  • Judicial Confirmation Hypocrisy-(Dems pontificating on "NO Filibuster," when they had majority)

    05/19/2005 1:01:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 898+ views
    As the Senate moves closer to a vote on the Constitutional Option – a vote to end the filibusters against President Bush’s judicial nominees – Senate Democrats have ramped up their rhetoric in an effort to defeat the measure. But it was these very same filibustering Senators who once argued that judicial nominees deserved up-or-down votes on the Senate floor. Don’t take our word for it. Here they are, in their own words… Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "What I am saying to my friend is that in addition to what I have just said, we now have 30 nominations...
  • Lawmakers:James Guckert May Have CIA Leak Info

    02/24/2005 8:49:30 AM PST · by Jimmyclyde · 57 replies · 1,840+ views
    Lawmakers: Writer May Have CIA Leak Info Thursday, February 24, 2005 WASHINGTON — Two lawmakers have sent a letter to the U.S. attorney saying a White House reporter who recently resigned following questions about his identity and background may have information vital to the investigation into who leaked a CIA operative's name to the press. Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking Democrats on the House Rules Committee and House Judiciary Committee, respectively, wrote a letter to Patrick Fitzgerald (search), the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, saying the Chicago attorney's office may need to...
  • Daschle's exit could mean a promotion for Durbin

    11/04/2004 6:16:39 AM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 6 replies · 493+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | November 4, 2004 | Eric Krol
    A shuffling of the Senate Democratic leadership means U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin could end up with a promotion affording him more visibility on the national level. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid had all but sewn up the post of Senate Democratic Leader Wednesday in the wake of current leader Sen. Tom Daschle's re-election defeat in South Dakota. That means Reid's position of second-in-command among Senate Democrats is open, and Springfield's Durbin, now an assistant leader, could position himself for that role. The normally loquacious Durbin wasn't commenting Wednesday. But if Durbin can persuade a majority of the other 43 Democratic senators...
  • Obama not the only one campaigning for Kerry

    10/18/2004 5:44:38 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 1 replies · 331+ views
    Daily Southtown ^ | October 18, 2004 | Kristen McQueary
    State. Sen. Barack Obama is not the only senator from Illinois generously stumping for John Kerry's presidential campaign. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been flying to battleground states for months, defending the Kerry-Edwards ticket in press rooms and speaking on the party's behalf when Kerry is unable to attend functions. A snapshot of Durbin's schedule from August shows a day sliced into 30-minute intervals: Flight to O'Hare. Daily call with Kerry campaign. Flight to Oregon. News conference. Rally. Lunch. Radio interviews. News conference. Rally. Newspaper meeting. Union convention. Keynote address. Arrive at hotel. So what might Durbin get in return...
  • Durbin touts pro-Catholic record (Illinois Democratic Senator)

    06/02/2004 3:40:34 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 6 replies · 175+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | June 2, 2004 | DENNIS CONRAD
    WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Dick Durbin, a Catholic stunned by a hometown priest's statement that he would refuse to administer Holy Communion to the Illinois Democrat over his support for abortion rights, released a scorecard Wednesday that shows him to be a supporter of the church on many other issues. With an overall score of 60.5 percent, Durbin ranked second highest among the Senate's 24 Catholics in support of issues of importance to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, according to the study prepared by his staff. Durbin said he has provided the study results to Illinois' bishops and cardinals, and...

    04/28/2004 2:58:44 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 195+ views
    NRO - The Corner ^ | 4/28/04 | Tim Graham
    On the official Kerry for President blog, supporters laud Sen. Richard Durbin for comparing the Bush campaign to communist snipers in Vietnam: "Over 35 years ago, John Kerry faced his enemies in Vietnam. There were enemies there who were involved in sniper fire against John Kerry, trying to take his life and kill him because he wore the uniform of the United States of America. Sadly, the Vietnam snipers are still trying to cause damage to John Kerry. The new Vietnam snipers come from the Bush-Cheney campaign...." If that's not enough, there's the responses. First up: "My senator from Illinois,...
  • Congressman Billybob Sez: Buncombe Rides Again, and Again

    02/21/2003 12:51:53 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 269+ views
    United Press International ^ | 20 February 2003 | Congressman Billybob (J. Armor, Esq.)
    From the Washington Politics & Policy Desk Published 2/20/2003 7:07 PM WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- This here's the 338th Report ta the Folks Back Home from the (More er Less) Honorable Billybob, cyberCongressman from Western Carolina. This week they's three subjecks, n a definition ov a local word. Plus, a touch ov song n dance, which yer Congresscritter only does on occasional karaoke nights (much ta his later embarrassment). So I'll turn this over ta ma able assistant, J. Armor, Esq. Buncombe Rides Again, and AgainThree things happened last week which seemingly have zero connection with each other: the...
  • Lawmakers Blast Agriculture Dept.

    09/13/2002 6:01:34 PM PDT · by GeneD · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Filed at 8:44 p.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department has failed to adequately answer questions about how the agency handled a recall of 19 million pounds of contaminated hamburger meat, four members of Congress said in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. The four lawmakers -- Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.; Mary Kaptur, D- Ohio; Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; and Sen. Richard Durbin R-Ill. -- demanded in a letter Thursday that the agency explain why it failed to quickly recall the meat after initial tests showed it was contaminated with E. coli bacteria. They said Elsa Murano, the department's...
  • Democrats Say Slow Recall of Meat Threatened Consumers

    07/27/2002 3:01:40 PM PDT · by GeneD · 21 replies · 335+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7/27/02 | Greg Winter
    A sluggish investigation by the Agriculture Department into evidence that tainted meat had entered the marketplace exposed thousands of consumers to potentially deadly bacteria, possibly contributing to some illnesses, members of Congress said yesterday. Though federal law requires daily inspections, nearly 100 days elapsed from when ConAgra Beef began producing the questionable beef and last week, when the department announced the second-largest meat recall, Democrats in the House and Senate pointed out. "The long delay between contamination and recall is striking," the Democrats, including Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, wrote in a...