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  • Dick Durbin's wife discovered to be a Lobbyist

    10/05/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2014 | James Longstreet
    The Chicago Tribune headlines that Dick Durbin’s wife is a lobbyist, and that there may have been instances in which her clients received federal funding. We are quickly told that this was just a coincidence (and that our fly is open). Durbin explained that he and his wife “take pains” to be certain there are no conflicts of interest. The imagery of sleepless nights and “Honey, what shall we do?” conversations wrought with forehead wiping and hand wringing come to mind. How could they ever get in such situations? The Tribune reports that despite all the painstaking efforts assuredly taken...
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Bruce Walker
    As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting. Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire. Most folks would not have thought that Republican Terri Land had a chance in a blue state like Michigan, but she continues to run close to Peters in the race. Al Franken also cannot pull away in his re-election fight, and all the polls show that race tightening. Surely the trophy in any general election is for one party to knock off a legislative leader of the other party....
  • DEMOCRAT DICK DURBIN'S CONNECTION TO LOIS LERNER (this needs to go viral)

    08/05/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 24 replies
    8/5/14 | MIDTERM TALKING POINTS
    IRS disgrace, Lois Lerner once held a position at the Federal Election Commission. She was helpful to Senate candidate Dick Durbin (Dem-Ill). Lerner used her FEC position to help save Durbin’s US Senate seat back in 1996. Lerner used her govt position and tax dollars to conduct a bogus inquisition into Durbin's opponent for alleged election law violations....creating a shady charge against Durbin's opponent. And it worked. Dicky triumphed and was returned to the Senate. Fast forward to 2014---Dicky Durbin's running again---considered a shoo-in. But he should start worrying. As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville,...
  • Durbin: More Needs To Be Done To Help Child Immigrants

    08/03/2014 4:44:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | August 3, 2014
    Elected officials addressed thousands during the People’s Mass at Fiesta Del Sol in honor of dreamers, immigrants and the 47,000 children held at detention centers across the nation. WBBM’s Kimberly Easton reports a crowd of thousands listened intently to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator Dick Durbin. Both Emanuel and Durbin assured the Latino community they will not turn their backs on children who are fleeing a dangerous situation. “We are here today at Fiesta Del Sol. This is a Mass dedicated to the dreamers. The action that was taken by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday was reprehensible. This...
  • Sen. Durbin: ‘Fed Up’ with House GOP Criticizing Admin over Immigration (VIDEO)

    07/06/2014 9:35:57 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 6 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) told Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday morning that he’d had enough of congressional Republicans criticizing the Obama administration over immigration policies when they’d refused to take up the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last year. “I am really getting fed up with some of the critics of this administration, particularly from House Republicans,” Durbin said. “They had the opportunity for one solid year to call the immigration reform bill, and yet they refused to. Now they’re arguing we need more enforcement at the borders and a lot of other things? When...
  • 'Rooftop pastor' endorses Oberweis for Senate

    05/22/2014 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/22/2014 | Mitch Smith
    A South Side pastor who is highly visible in Chicago’s black community endorsed Republican candidate Jim Oberweis on Thursday in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, said some Democrats had taken the African-American vote for granted and that black voters shouldn’t rule out candidates simply because of their party affiliation. Brooks, who is known as the “rooftop pastor” because he once slept for three months atop a shuttered motel to protest violence, cited Oberweis’ views on education and job creation as well the state senator’s visits to...
  • Luis Gutierrez: 'Every Institution in America' Should Work Around Fed. Immigration Laws

    05/19/2014 3:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) suggested that until Congress passes sweeping amnesty legislation, "every institution in America" should find ways to ignore or work around federal immigration laws. He also said that President Barack Obama's Deferred Action program was the first step in implementing more amnesty programs. Testifying before a Senate Subcommittee hearing in Chicago on "Immigrant Enlistment" that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) chaired, Gutierrez said that "every institution in America, including our military, must work around the inability of our federal government and the U.S. House of Representatives to fix our immigration system." He also pushed the Navy...
  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    04/21/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 4/21/14 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject. The event is hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and it’s being held at the prestigious Chicago Club in the heart of the Windy City. Among the guests...
  • Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition

    04/04/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 3, 2014 | Byron York
    Immigration reform advocates are fond of citing broad support for their cause. But in fact the coalition behind the Senate Gang of Eight comprehensive reform bill is fragile and loosely cobbled together. How could Big Labor and the Chamber of Commerce and the tech world and Big Agriculture all unite behind one bill? Very tentatively. It wouldn't take much to break the coalition apart. And if that happens, the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform could blow up, not just for the moment, but for some time to come. And there are signs that is exactly what is occurring now....
  • Illinois bishop upholds priest’s decision to deny Communion to pro-abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by topher · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Apr 03, 2014 14:10 EST | by Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law.
  • Durbin Criticizes Free Enterprise: ´Created Unfairness and Injustice´

    04/01/2014 2:09:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/1/14 | Susan Jones
    In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said free enterprise isn´t always best. Government must step in. "The free enterprise system is a strong system," he said, but it "created unfairness and injustice when it came to health care, which we are addressing with this Affordable Care Act." In passing that law, Durbin said Democrats "rejected the free enterprise approach to health care and said let´s have something that basically respects families." He also criticized Republicans for embracing free enterprise: "Let me tell you a free enterprise idea when it came to health care. Before
  • The Many Reasons Mark Kirk Won’t Stump for Oberweis

    03/25/2014 1:30:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/25/14 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. Mark S. Kirk’s decision not to campaign this year against his in-state Democratic colleague should come as no surprise. While Kirk has said he will support the Republican ticket in November and has committed to actively assisting the party’s gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Republican told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet that he won’t be stumping for Republican Senate nominee Jim Oberweis. Kirk said he wants to protect his working relationship with Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin by “not launching into a partisan jihad.” But there are other equally compelling reasons not to hit the campaign trail against...
  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says he’s not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. “I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois.” And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 March 2014

    03/23/2014 5:06:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 103 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former President Jimmy Carter; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Mitt Romney; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Tom Cole, R-Okla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser; Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
  • Exclusive: Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators

    03/17/2014 1:48:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    dailybeast ^ | 3/17/14 | Josh Rogin
    Putin is set to respond to Obama's sanctions of Russian officials with his own list. Several U.S. Senators and officials will be banned from visiting Russia, including Sen. Dick Durbin. U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials are sure to be on Vladimir Putin’s sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administration’s announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.
  • Dems “Protecting Children” from Cigarette Alternatives

    02/28/2014 7:27:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Leave it to a bunch of Democrats from typically liberal states to take aim at healthy alternatives to cigarette smoking. Democrats from California, Illinois, Connecticut, and Massachusetts have decided that because e-cigarettes vaguely resemble puffing on an actual stick of cancer, they should be the target of heavy regulation and criticism. Instead of embracing a technology that aids in smoking cessation efforts, and greatly reduces health complications associated with traditional “smoking”, these Nannycrats have decided that these non-cigarettes should be the target of ridicule and government regulation. And, of course, it’s all for the “children”. According to the Washington Free...
  • US Sen. Durbin lauds federal manufacturing grants

    02/23/2014 11:19:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST
    Top Illinois politicians say a multimillion-dollar institute bound for Chicago will be the nation’s flagship research site for digital manufacturing. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday publicly heralded Chicago’s selection by the Defense Department as the site of one of two manufacturing institutes. …
  • Obama names Black lesbian to federal judgeship

    01/23/2014 1:41:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Windy City Times ^ | January 22, 2014
    President Obama has named a Black lesbian from Illinois to serve on the federal court, according to The Washington Blade. Obama nominated Staci Michelle Yandle for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Jan. 16 as part of a group of four nominees. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin ( D-Ill. ) recommended Yandle, who will need confirmation from the U.S. Senate before she's seated on the bench. According to her firm's website, Yandle opened her own firm in 2007 ( after two decades of practice ) "to concentrate on representing victims of medical malpractice,...
  • Congressman George Miller Announces Retirement After 40 Years

    01/13/2014 3:22:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/13/2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    U.S. Congressman George Miller, a senior Democrat from California who has long championed education system, labor, health and the protection of natural resources, announced on Monday that he will not seek a 21st term in the House this fall. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and privilege of representing my district in Congress these past 40 years,” the 68-year-old Miller said on his website. ““I will leave Congress with a full heart and a crowded plate, because the challenges of our times demand our constant...
  • Senate Majority Leader Checks Himself into Hospital

    12/22/2013 8:51:45 AM PST · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) checked himself into the hospital Friday as a precautionary measure. “Luckily, the senator has the best of healthcare coverage,” said Reid’s greatly relieved spokesman, Adam Jentleson. “We expect he will be back on his feet shortly, but the senator asked that I use this occasion to remind those less well insured to sign up for Obamacare before illness strikes them down.” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said that he would be replacing Reid in his absence and urged his fellow senators “to move forward with the vital work to which Senator Reid has given his...
  • Ted Cruz tells ALEC to “Stand your ground”

    12/05/2013 2:22:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    salon.com ^ | December 05, 2013 | Elias Isquith
    Speaking to the attendees of the group’s policy summit in DC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz rallied the ALEC faithful and urged them not to let the growing chorus of criticism get them down. “I first came to ALEC over a decade ago,” Cruz said. “When I was serving in the Bush administration, I’d been privileged to work with ALEC in the federal government. I’ve been privileged to work with ALEC when I was back in Texas with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, leading the 10th Amendment Center, and I’m proud to stand with ALEC today.” Referencing Sen. Dick Durbin’s earlier...
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • Sen. Bullhead from Illinois is hooked on outrage (liberal racists)

    11/01/2013 1:50:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | October 31, 2013 | John Kass
    <p>Outrage drove Captain Ahab relentlessly after that great white whale, and apparently, it drives Sen. Dick Durbin too.</p> <p>Durbin, the unctuous Democrat running for re-election in President Barack Obama's political home state, is consumed by outrage. This time Durbin is outraged by an unidentified Republican who may have disrespected the face of the president, even if the White House says the insult that Durbin is outraged about didn't happen.</p>
  • Dick Durbin’s Senate Gun Trial to Feature Ghost of Trayvon Martin

    10/29/2013 8:07:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/28/2013 | J. Christian Adams
    After a government semi-shutdown, the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov and the looming budget crisis coming again in January, you’d think the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate would reserve his limited time and resources to focus on fixing these critical issues the federal government has already messed up. You’d be wrong. Senator Richard Durbin, the second most powerful man in the Senate, will hold a special hearing this week on state self-defense laws and the death of Trayvon Martin. (PJ Media has extensively covered the Trayvon Martin incident. See, “Justice for Trayvon, Race Hustler Style,” or Bill Whittle’s fantastic revelation about...
  • Trayvon Martin’s Mom Calls for Amending ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    10/29/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    WABC77 ^ | 10/29/13
    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday that “stand your ground” laws must be reviewed and amended. “It’s unfortunate what has happened with Trayvon, and that’s why I feel like it’s so important for me to be here so that you all can at least put a face with what has happened with this tragedy,” Fulton said at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing. “I just wanted to come here to talk to you for a moment to let you know how important it is that we amend this ‘stand your ground’ because it did not,...
  • Durbin pulls Facebook post

    10/29/2013 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2913 | Mario Trujillo
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) removed a Facebook post Monday that alleged a House GOP leader told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” at a private meeting. Durbin said he did not immediately take down the post after it was proven false last week because he wanted to leave it in the proper context. "If I'd have raced to take it off, [the media] would have done that story too: `Durbin races to take this off.' I wanted to put into context how I got into this situation," he told the Associated Press. After Durbin...
  • White House Bungles Leak About GOP Leader Trashing Obama

    10/25/2013 7:00:10 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-24-2015 | Arlette Saenz
    The White House and Senate Democrats may need a refresher course on how to leak a juicy story. The White House today was forced to backtrack on a rumor Obama administration officials started about a Republican House leader who purportedly insulted President Obama to his face, telling the president, “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Turns out, it never happened. How do we know? The same White House that was responsible for starting the buzz now says there was a “miscommunication” and a “misunderstanding.” Here’s how it went down: (Read the timeline at linked source)
  • DICK DURBIN RAISING MONEY ON STATEMENT WHITE HOUSE SAYS IS A LIE

    10/24/2013 5:44:53 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 10-24-2013
    October 24, 2013 DICK DURBIN RAISING MONEY ON STATEMENT WHITE HOUSE SAYS IS A LIE DOWNERS GROVE — The Truax campaign is outraged that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin launched a fund-raising effort over derogatory comments Durbin's Facebook page alleges an unidentified Republican GOP House member said to the President during government shutdown negotiations. "Dick Durbin needs to return every cent he's raised off this dubious claim until he can verify it is true," said Doug Truax, who is running for U.S. Senate against Durbin. "The White House has unequivocally stated Durbin's claim is untrue."Durbin retells what the White House says "didn't...
  • Durbin stands by slam on GOP

    10/24/2013 10:34:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    http://www.chicagotribune.com ^ | october 24, 2013 | Katherine Skiba
    The White House on Wednesday disputed Sen. Dick Durbin's assertion that a House Republican leader insulted President Barack Obama while negotiating with the president over the partial government shutdown. But Durbin, an Illinoisan who is a friend and ally of the president, stood by his story, according to numerous media reports. In a Facebook post Sunday that remained up Wednesday night, Durbin wrote: "Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn't try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a 'negotiation' meeting with the president, one GOP...
  • [Chicago] Mayor calls federal prosecutors’ efforts on gun crime ‘horrible’

    10/24/2013 2:49:56 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 15 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 23, 2013 | Frank Main
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday called federal prosecutors’ efforts to crack down on gun crime “horrible” in Chicago when compared to other cities like New York or Los Angeles. “But that does not absolve us from our responsibility. It doesn’t absolve Springfield. There is a lot that needs to be fixed specifically on guns, both on the prosecutorial side, the gun prevention side and other aspects,” [Chicago Mayor Rahm] Emanuel said. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have been encouraging the [federal prosecutor] to take on street crime, too.
  • Pete Sessions is the Republican who told Obama he can’t stand to look at him (Reid)

    10/24/2013 6:42:55 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    A follow-up to yesterday’s post. Turns out Reid wasn’t at the meeting where Sessions allegedly said this, of course, and neither were the two Democratic senators who relayed what he said to HuffPo. Go figure. Sessions was indeed one of the House Republicans who met with Obama on October 10, but both he (“We’re all working together now”) and the White House (which described the meeting as “good”) seemed pleased afterward with the result. If Sessions said what he’s accused of saying, it’s awfully strange that Team Hopenchange didn’t leak that themselves, after negotiations between O and the GOP fell...
  • White House admits it was behind rumor that GOP leader told Obama I cannot even stand to look at you

    10/24/2013 6:23:27 PM PDT · by NCjim · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 25, 2013
    The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that 'I cannot even stand to look at you.' Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday that an unnamed GOP lawmaker had delivered the verbal slap in Obama's face, but everyone involved with the story now says it never happened. Eighteen Republicans from Congress attended that meeting with the president during a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, with the...
  • White House says it was behind Durbin ‘miscommunication’

    10/24/2013 10:25:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 24, 2013 | Russell Berman and Amie Parnes
    The White House on Thursday said it was behind a miscommunication that caused Senate Democrats to think a Republican lawmaker told President Obama at a private budget meeting, “I can’t even stand to look at you.” For a second day in a row, the White House said the incident did not happen, but Thursday it also apologized for the confusion and accepted blame. “While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the president is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 October 2013

    10/20/2013 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 144 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 October 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 20th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va. THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Cruz; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Durbin: Republican Strategy On Shutdown Was ‘A Complete Disaster’

    10/17/2013 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | October 17, 2013
    After helping negotiate a bipartisan deal to end the partial federal government shutdown, and extend the debt limit, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he hopes House Republicans learned a lesson: “this is unacceptable.” “We have got to sit down in a mature, bipartisan way, and solve our problems,” he said. “I hope that Speaker [John] Boehner and the House Republicans have learned a valuable lesson: this is unacceptable. And we need to come together to solve our problems.” Durbin said there were no winners in the battle over shutting down the federal government, but reporters in Chicago asked whether...
  • Senate plots House GOP squeeze

    10/13/2013 1:24:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson
    The White House and the Senate are working to squeeze House Republicans into accepting a bipartisan compromise from the upper chamber to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Any emerging deal, however, will leave ObamaCare largely intact, angering conservatives who have demanded defunding or delaying President Obama’s signature achievement. House Republicans are fuming over the prospect that Senate Democrats and Republicans are working on a plan to jam them with a last-minute deal they would have to accept or risk triggering a federal default. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going...
  • Top Dem: Tea Party acting like ‘spoiled’ children

    10/02/2013 1:37:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | October 02, 2013 | Jessica Taylor
    “Every parent knows that if you give into a spoiled child today, it’s going to be worse tomorrow,” Durbin said on Wednesday’s The Daily Rundown. ”If we reach some sort of temporary accord with Tea Party Republicans and Speaker Boehner, two weeks from now we’re in the soup again with the debt ceiling.” .... “Why don’t the Tea Party Republicans open their eyes and see that they are inflicting on this country a pain that is totally unnecessary?” Durbin said. “Don’t take out these political temper tantrums on the economy and the workers of America.
  • Reid Calls House Plan for Separate Funding Bills a 'Wacky Idea'

    10/01/2013 7:58:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    kmbz.com ^ | October 01, 2013 | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shot down the House proposal to pass three small funding measures, calling it a “wacky idea” from the House Republicans. “It’s just another wacky idea from the Tea Party-driven Republicans,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “You can tell the Tea Party Republicans still want to keep the government shutdown.” “This is not serious. The government is shut down and if they think they’re going to nitpick us on this, it won’t work. It won’t work,” Reid said. Reid did not say how he would handle the narrow funding measures when they reach the Senate,...
  • Dick Durbin and Poor, Poor Judy

    09/25/2013 11:11:46 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 18 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | September 25, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    I love letting progressive liberals speak freely as they will eventually let their true thoughts slip out. Such was the case yesterday when Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois) had an exchange with Ted Cruz during Cruz's marathon 21 hour speech. As is the case with liberals, they never argue facts but just attempt to use emotion to bolster their already weak arguments. Dick Durbin spun the story of a housekeeper "Judy" who works at a motel and has become friends with Durbin. This occurred when Dick Durbin couldn't answer Ted Cruz's question of whether or not Durbin had actually read the...
  • Defense contractors donate a ton to pro-war Senators

    09/16/2013 8:56:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/16/13 | George Spelvin
    Senator John McCain raked in a staggering $176,300.00 to win the gold in the defense contract lobby dollars Olympics, the most of any other senator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee according to a print outlet in Great Britain. (1) Is this mind blowing amount reverberating in his brain as he tells Congress and the American people, “It would be catastrophic if Congress doesn’t go along” with Barack’s Syria “policy?” Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) who is up for re election next year won the silver with a $127,350 purse, and VA Democrat Tim Kaine pulled in $101,025 to wear the...
  • Freedom Foundation to U.S. Senator: “No one will make us renounce freedom”

    08/16/2013 5:35:31 PM PDT · by Baynative · 45 replies
    Freedom Foundation ^ | 8/15/13 | Trent England
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is a statist and a bully. The Senator, known for comparing U.S. soldiers to Nazis, recently used his senatorial letterhead to demand answers from us here at the Freedom Foundation. Sen. Durbin wants to know whether the Freedom Foundation is, or ever has been, a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
  • Smart-ALEC Durbin Targets Another Conservative Group

    08/12/2013 5:44:36 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIAL PING
    Stand Your Ground: A big hypocrite in the IRS scandal targeting Tea Party groups sets his sights on a conservative think tank, asking its suspected supporters: "Are you now or have you ever been a conservative?" Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is on a witch hunt that threatens anew the free speech rights of Americans who don't hold his views or those of the Obama administration. This time he has targeted the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group of state legislators who promote free markets, limited government and federalism, ahead of a "stand your ground" hearing Durbin announced after George...
  • Durbin under fire for ‘Stand Your Ground’ inquiries

    08/10/2013 7:54:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 10, 2013 | Chuck Ross
    Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin is facing a firestorm of criticism after sending letters to hundreds of organizations trying to find out the depth of their relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council. The senator’s interest in ALEC is based on the stand your ground legislation that has become a focal point for liberal activists and lawmakers after the George Zimmerman trial in Florida. But his hometown newspaper, The Chicago Tribune, editorialized that the inquiries looked like “Durbin’s enemies list.” In the August 6 letter sent to think tanks and corporations, Durbin wrote, “I am seeking clarification whether organizations that...
  • THUGOCRACY: Durbin’s Staff Sending Out Intimidating Letters About ALEC And Stand Your Ground

    08/06/2013 9:06:52 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 6 August 13 | MacAoidh
    Two different conservative organizations with whom we’ve got contacts have received letters from Sen. Dick Durbin’s office today which look an awful lot like the actions that precipitated the IRS scandal. Apparently there’s a massive fishing expedition afoot. This came to the our buddy Kevin Kane at the Pelican Institute… Dear Mr. Kane, I write to seek information regarding your organization’s position on “stand your ground” legislation that was adopted as a national model by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 August 2013

    08/04/2013 5:25:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 152 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 4th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas; and Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.STATE OF THE UNION...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 June 2013

    06/23/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 23th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; Gabriel Gomez, Republican nominee for Senate in Massachusetts.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...
  • (IBD) Lois Lerner Targeted Dick Durbin Senate Opponent

    06/03/2013 7:04:42 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 48 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 3, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Before his 2010 letter urging the IRS to target conservatives, the Senate majority whip's 1996 campaign benefited from the targeting of his opponent by a Federal Election Commission official with a familiar name. Perhaps not surprisingly, the IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics with the 1996 targeting of Illinois conservative Al Salvi by a familiar name, Lois Lerner, then head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Elections Commission. That year, Democrat U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin and Republican State Rep. Al Salvi were locked in a battle for the U.S. Senate seat Durbin would eventually win....
  • Washington Post Column: In defense of Lois Lerner

    05/25/2013 10:07:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: May 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Joel Achenbach
    <p>Reading the commentary on the IRS hearings, it’s clear that the overriding rule in Washington opinion circles is that the moment someone says they have done nothing wrong is when the presumption of guilt hardens into an incontrovertible fact of guilt, with only the punishment left to be decided.</p>
  • Why She Took the Fifth

    05/30/2013 7:33:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/30/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    No wonder Lois Lerner took the Fifth. Lerner, the IRS official sent on paid leave last Thursday after refusing to resign, would have had a tough time testifying before Congress about the agency’s discrimination against tea-party groups without incriminating herself in the process, an examination of her conflicting representations reveals. Republican lawmakers, hearing complaints about the lengthy, onerous, and intrusive lists of questions sent to their constituents, have for two years been working to uncover the scandal occurring at the nation’s tax-collection agency. Lerner was a major impediment to their attempted investigation. Her misdeeds go beyond a failure to inform...
  • Dick Durbin Questions The First Amendment

    05/29/2013 4:46:10 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 13 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 05/29/13 | LD Jackson
    Every once in a while, someone comes along and makes a statement that registers 10 on the Richter Scale of ignorance. Such is he case with Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. He was having a discussion about a possible media shield law with Chris Wallace on Fox News. Wallace asked him a simple question, wanting to know if he was comfortable with President Obama asking Eric Holder to investigate Eric Holder's own actions. This is what Dick Durbin had to say while avoiding the question that he was asked. Hat tip to Biz Pac Review. “But here is the bottom line...