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  • Ugly: Journalist 'Debates' Conservatives on Obamacare, Things Escalate Quickly

    03/25/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 25 | Guy Benson
    Ron Fournier is a columnist for National Journal and a cable news mainstay who served as the Associated Press' Washington bureau chief for years. In his new opinion-based role, he's worked to carve out a niche as a 'pox on both houses' purveyor of common sense, a detector of BS, a practitioner of intellectual honesty, and Chief of the Civility Police.  In that last capacity, Fournier expended much indignant energy denouncing Rudy Giuliani's acerbic commentary about President Obama's patriotism -- wrongly asserting that Obama would never say such nasty things about his political opponents.  Regardless of that particular blind spot, Fournier would likely tell you that he feels...
  • Sen. Durbin Used Race to Block Especially Dangerous Latino Judicial Nominee

    03/20/2015 11:25:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 20, 2015
    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has a lot of nerve to accuse Republicans of racism for delaying President Obamas nominee for Attorney General considering hes the only sitting senator who actually opposed a candidate specifically because of race. In fact, the veteran lawmaker referred to the judicial nominee as especially dangerous for, among other things, being Latino. Additionally, Durbin has voted against several Republican presidential nominees who also happened to be ethnic minoritiesJanice Rogers Brown, an African-American on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female Secretary of...
  • Democrat: Republicans putting Lynch at 'back of the bus'

    03/18/2015 10:07:07 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/18/15 | ERICA WERNER
    The second-ranking Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused Republicans of putting the president's attorney general nominee "in the back of the bus" by delaying her confirmation. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois made the comment on the Senate floor as he criticized the GOP over its handling of Loretta Lynch's nomination. She would become the nation's first black female attorney general, replacing Eric Holder, the first African-American in the job.
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • VIDEO: Netanyahu Turns Down Meeting With Senate Democrats READ BIBIs LETTER!

    02/25/2015 9:00:38 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    Viral Buzz ^ | 2/24/15 | Bill Chandler
    On Monday Senators. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., invited Netanyahu to meet in a closed-door session with Democrats during his visit. Netanyahu declined the invitation on Tuesday and expressed regret about the politically fraught tone of his trip. I regret that the invitation to address the special joint session of Congress has been perceived by some to be political or partisan, Netanyahu wrote. I can assure you that my sole intention in accepting it was to voice Israels grave concerns about a potential nuclear agreement with Iran that could threaten the survival of my country. Netanyahu said to...
  • The verdict, take 2 [NY Slime And The FISA Judges]

    03/30/2006 6:42:54 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 30, 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Last night John rendered his "Verdict: The New York Times blew the story." The "story" was the testimony of five federal judges -- Magistrate Judge Allan Kornblum and four former FISA court judges -- on Senator Specter's proposed revision of the FISA statute. According to yesterday's New York Times story by Eric Lichtblau: In a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the secretive court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, several former judges who served on the panel...voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order. They...
  • Durbin's advice to GOP: Get Sen. Ted Cruz under control

    12/18/2014 7:26:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Politics Early & Often ^ | December 18, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Now that the GOP is taking control of the Senate in 2015, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., offered up a resolution of sorts for the opposing party to abide by next year: Get Ted Cruz under control. Durbins suggestion comes days after Cruzs disastrous maneuver last week that brought the Senate into session on Saturday, unwittingly opening the door to the approval of dozens of President Barack Obamas judicial nominees. That infuriated Republicans, leading Cruz to apologize days later. It was classic Cruz. He knew how to get the headline, but he didnt know how to close the deal, Durbin...
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. I just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way, said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBCs Morning Joe. [Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....
  • Accused child rapist rode on Air Force One with Obama, raised $500k for Prez

    11/20/2014 7:59:16 PM PST · by TigerTown · 15 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 20, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    A major Democratic donor was arrested this week by the Sex Crimes Unit in Portland, Ore., for raping a minor. Terrence Bean, a liberal activist who bundled more than $500,000 for Obamas 2012 reelection campaign, is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Bean has made contributions to influential Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Rep. Barney Frank, who has had his own smarmy brushes with the law. Beans Instagram account shows him on Air Force One with President Obama and getting chummy with Vice President Joe...
  • Durbin Announces More Than $26.1 Million in Funding For Illinois Housing and Community Development

    10/25/2014 11:26:22 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | October 22, 2014 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that communities and housing agencies throughout Illinois will receive a total of $26,128,915 in grant funding through three programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities in the area.This funding will give local development agencies around Illinois the ability to expand and improve affordable housing and other critical services in their communities, Durbin said. These federal programs provide invaluable assistance to those in need. Community Development Block GrantsThe Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides annual grants to states and local governments to...
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 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....
  • US Senator Touts Fed Gun Intelligence Center in Chicago

    07/27/2014 7:15:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    The Rooot ^ | 7-26-14 | Lynette Holloway
    After a spate[??] of shootings across Chicago that left over a dozen dead and nearly 100 wounded, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center, saying, You cant fight a war without intelligence, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the office will collect data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year, the Sun-Times writes. You can't fight a war without intelligence, to know where the weapons are, where the shooters are and to stop it before...
  • Did Lois Lerner commit extortion under US Code Title 18 section 872?

    07/06/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 3, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Because he posed a threat to Dick Durbins US Senate election in 1996, Illinois Republican Al Salvi was threatened by a United States government official. That official was Lois Lerner and she was using her position as a representative of the Federal Election Commission. In the course of her FEC inquisition of Salvi for alleged election law violations, Lerner made a statement that amounts to extortion. Following the Chicago way, Durbin made a series of FEC complaints against Salvi and Lerner took the point in handling his case. According to Salvi, at one point Lerner made an offer to him...
  • Sen. Durbin: Obama Will 'Borrow the Power' to Solve Immigration

    06/30/2014 10:35:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/30/14 | Eric Scheiner
    About Us Subscribe Contact Us Donate RSS Sen. Durbin: Obama Will 'Borrow the Power' to Solve Immigration June 30, 2014 - 11:52 AM By Eric Scheiner Subscribe to Eric Scheiner RSS Follow Eric Scheiner on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Sharing Services 109 Share on print Share on email Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says President Barack Obama, will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration. Durbin made the comments at a press briefing on immigration last Thursday urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring an immigration bill onto the floor for...
  • NewsReal - The News NOT Reported...

    06/30/2014 9:18:34 AM PDT · by mononymous · 1 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 6/30/2014 | Mononymous1
    The following is mostly satire. Chelsea Clinton said that she has tried very hard to care about money apparently, it is not so easy when you dont have to earn it. Chelsea is obviously afflicted by the disease common among elected Democrats. If they cared about money, they wouldnt spend so much of the taxpayers. In calling for amnesty, Sen. Chuck Schumer said that he was very concerned about what demographic changes will mean to the future of the Republican party. Amazingly, leaders of the Stupid Party actually think he is being sincere. President Obama attacked his friends in...
  • New excuse for not notifying Congress of Taliban 5 swap: Decision made day before

    06/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How many excuses has the White House produced for not complying with the statutory requirement to notify and consult with Congress before releasing detainees from Gitmo? Weve had enough to get to the point where theyre recycling the older ones. First we heard that there wasnt enough time to notify Congress, followed by a claim that Bowe Bergdahls health was so bad he could have been dead within days. When that didnt work, the White House then claimed that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal leaked, which no one bought, and so were back to the we-had-no-time...
  • Durbin pushes for military green cards for illegal Dreamers who enlist

    05/19/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin vowed Monday to keep fighting to give green cards to some illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military, according to a report. If you are willing to sign up in our military and risk your life for America, you should be given that opportunity, Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, proclaimed at a Senate Appropriation Committee field hearing in Chicago. Senate Democrats are debating whether to add the measure, known as the ENLIST Act, to the annual defense authorization act. The ENLIST Act would enable young illegal immigrants who entered the United States before...
  • Scoop: Obama to Chicago May 22 for Senate Democrats fundraisers

    05/17/2014 6:13:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-24-2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Chicago Scoop: Obama to Chicago May 22 for Senate Democrats fundraisers Lynn Sweet @lynnsweet | Email WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama returns to Chicago on May 22 to headline big money fund-raisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin's re-election warchest. Obama, who touched down in Chicago in March for funders to bankroll the Democratic National Committee, will appear at a reception at the home of Michael and Tanya Polsky and a dinner at the home of Fred Eychaner, the CEO of Newsweb Corporation and one of the biggest Democratic donors in the nation. Obama needs the Senate...
  • Illinois bishop upholds priests decision to deny Communion to pro-abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by topher · 38 replies ^ | Thu Apr 03, 2014 14:10 EST | by Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 ( - 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 isnt 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 lets 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
  • 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 hes not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. Im 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...
  • Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

    03/24/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 24, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    As we begin debate on this aid and sanctions package, I also hope that Republicans who stopped action on this legislation prior to the break have considered how their obstruction affects United States national security. In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, its difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all. But its almost unimaginable why they blocked it to protect the anonymity of their own big-money donors. Democrats fought hard four years ago to pass this landmark expansion of quality, affordable health care. And we will fight just as hard to make this law work...
  • 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 Putins sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administrations announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.
  • Oberweis found wintering in Florida a week ahead of Tuesday's primary

    03/11/2014 9:10:33 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 14 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Fran Eaton
    Oberweis found wintering in Florida a week ahead of Tuesday's primary AURORA - Just days before the electionNBC 5's Mary Ann Ahernfound U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis relaxing ... in sunny Florida. We're only one week away from the Illinois primary, but GOP U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is already looking ahead to November.NBC 5 has learned that Oberweis flew out of Illinois Saturday, and is at his million-dollar Bonita Beach Florida condo until the end of the week.When reached by phone, Oberweis would not confirm his whereabouts, and when he was repeatedly asked whether he's in Illinois, he...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 February 2014

    02/23/2014 5:34:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 148 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 February 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Peter Shumlin, D-Vt.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): National Security Adviser Susan Rice.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Martin O'Malley, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former President George W. Bush.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Govs. Rick Perry, R-Texas, Mike Pence, R-Ind., Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., Jay Nixon D-Mo.
  • Dems push to ban e-cigs on Capitol grounds

    02/05/2014 3:13:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Seven Democratic lawmakers are pushing to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the grounds of the Capitol complex as part of a wider campaign against them. Led by the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin (Ill.), the group called on rulemaking committees in both chambers to include e-cigarettes in the Capitol's existing ban on smoking in public places and near building entrances. "Given preliminary [federal] research finding harmful chemicals present in e-cigarettes, measures should be taken to ensure that the public is equally protected from the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes and their vapor," the lawmakers wrote Tuesday. Via a...
  • After Senate Dems go nuclear, GOP fights back with conventional weapons

    12/23/2013 4:04:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-23-13 | Stephen Dinan
    Democrats may have changed the rules on filibusters, but far from ending the intense battle over President Obamas nominations, the move has pushed Republicans to fight harder and to pioneer other tactics. The latest move was made late Friday, just as the Senate was preparing to adjourn for a two-week recess. Republicans refused to allow a courtesy request to keep the full slate of Obama nominees pending. As a result, the nomination process must restart early next year. It was a capstone of a year in which a deal on filibusters frayed and finally collapsed, leaving the Senate atmosphere...
  • Durbin recieves support from Kirk, McCain

    10/28/2013 8:59:26 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    WLSAM ^ | 10-28-13
    "llinois Senator Dick Durbin is talking about the flap over his claim that a leading House Republican told President Barack Obama he couldn't stand to look at his face, and Durbin got some help dealing with it from an unexpected source."
  • McCain and Durbin are in Chicago together

    10/28/2013 7:25:12 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 22 replies
    Vanity | 10.28.13 | Self
    I just heard on WLS that McCain is in Chicago to stump for Durbin. And Kirk has good things about Durbin as well. What a nice thing!
  • Breaking: Squirrel Eats Oreo, Blows Dog Whistle!

    10/25/2013 9:31:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-25-2013 | MOTUS
    RACIST ALERT! GOP leader Pete Sessions (R-Texas) disses El Presidente, right in the White House! Right to his face! Just because hes BLACK! Oh look! A squirrel! And an Oreo! Well, for a minute there it looked like we had found that racist new squirrel weve been looking for. Sadly, it turned out that the allegation wasunsustainable. Okay, maybe it was a lie, butt nice try! The latest Washington he-said-she-said is so convoluted youll get whiplash trying to follow along, so allow me to attempt to lay it out flat. Heres where the story started gaining traction: Durbin claimed in...
  • Foe blasts Durbin's use of disputed claim in fundraising email

    10/24/2013 11:51:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 24, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba
    "................On Thursday, the White House explained further: 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 the misunderstanding. To read out is Washington jargon meaning to summarize. Aides to the president refused to say how the miscommunication happened or who conducted the briefing with Senate Democrats in which it occurred. Durbins original Facebook post remained up Thursday, and a new post was added: I appreciate this clarification from the White House that...
  • Durbin stands by slam on GOP

    10/24/2013 10:34:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | 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...
  • White House: Shutdown story Dick Durbin is telling is pretty bogus

    10/23/2013 12:06:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 23, 2013 | Ed Morrissey, senior editor
    In case you havent heard about this, Senator Dick Durbin claimed in a Facebook post that a House Republican told Barack Obama during the shutdown negotiations that I cannot even stand to look at you. Republicans vehemently denied it, and now the White House agrees: White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly denied that a House Republican told President Obama I cannot even stand to look at you during negotiations over the government shutdown. It did not happen, Carney said, saying he discussed the incident with a participant in the meeting. Many Republicans searching for something to...
  • Top Senate Democrat says ObamaCare is on its way to substantial success

    10/21/2013 12:19:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill's Healthwatch ^ | October 20, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    A top Senate Democrat said on Sunday that ObamaCare is on its way to be a substantial success. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, defended the rollout of the healthcare reform law in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, while noting that its off to a rough start with the website. Critics of the law have been quick to point out problems in the website that the Obama administration launched on Oct. 1, which is designed to help consumers shop for health insurance on new marketplaces, called exchanges. Glitches and delays at the website have...
  • 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.
  • Stopgap bill approves $3 billion of pork spending

    10/16/2013 4:47:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Buried inside the new stopgap spending bill are several pork project goodies, including nearly quadrupling the maximum price of a dam project on the Ohio River that is turning into a boondoggle up to nearly $3 billion. The bill also includes $174,000 of taxpayer money being sent to the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The death gratuity, which has been paid to widows of other lawmakers in the past, raised hackles since Mr. Lautenberg was a multimillionaire, while the government is $16.7 trillion in debt. But lawmakers did nix one provision that was in an early draft...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin gave false facts about his own daughter in Obamacare speech

    10/02/2013 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    "...........Ive had a situation in my family a child who had serious physical problems, who could not have qualified but for group health insurance available to me as a member of Congress, Durbin said in response to a pointed question to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. If I had gone on the open market to buy a policy Im not sure I could have bought one for my family to cover my child, said Durbin, who was first elected to Congress in 1982 when his Christine was fourteen. In fact, Durbin wasnt sure about buying a policy...
  • Durbin: Negotiating would only embolden conservatives

    10/02/2013 7:47:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), appearing on MSNBCs Daily Rundown, suggested that Democrats arent negotiating with Republicans out of principle and out of worry that any capitulation would only embolden the cast-iron conservative wing of the party.
  • Sen. Dick Durbin gave false facts about his own daughter in Obamacare speech

    10/01/2013 3:16:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies ^ | october 1, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    Sen. Dick Durbin movingly described his sick childs preexisting condition as a reason to support Obamacare last week, but the Illinois Democrat neglected to mention that his late daughter was easily covered by existing insurance, and that he used taxpayer money to reward the hospital that treated her. Despite her preexisting condition, Christine Durbin, who suffered from a lifelong heart condition and died at age 40 in 2008, was eligible for coverage under existing laws in multiple states, including the senators state and the state she ultimately settled in. Durbin also neglected to mention that he sent his daughter to...
  • Durbin: Medical device tax repeal could be 'on the table' (Just Say No)

    10/01/2013 7:09:29 AM PDT · by Qbert · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/1/2013 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) - A repeal of the medical device tax may be a point of compromise between the House and Senate as the two houses of Congress work to end the government shutdown, the number two Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday.</p>
  • Dick Durbins Poster Child For Illegal Immigrant: A Creeping Sharia Illegal

    09/19/2013 6:51:23 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 5 replies ^ | Sept. 18, 2013 | Gateway Guest Blogger
  • 'Dreamer' Promoted By Durbin Laughs About Using US Flag As Prop For 'Messaging'

    09/18/2013 7:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 17, 2013 | Lee Stranahan
    A prominent "Dreamer" activist named Alaa Mukahhal took to social media to laugh about her cynical use of the American flag as a prop for "messaging" after her story was highlighted by Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin. In 2012, Sen. Durbin took to the floor of the Senate and held up a gigantic photograph of a smiling young woman wearing a Muslim hijab with an American flag in the background. He introduced her as Alaa Mukahhal, a Kuwaiti-born 'Dreamer' activist whom he described as being 'of Palestinian descent,' and who was brought to the country illegally at a young age...
  • @SenatorDurbins Attack On Free Speech and Associatio

    09/17/2013 4:01:12 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | 8-17-13 | Streiff
    When the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci encouraged the left to begin a long march through the institutions he had two goals: co-opting neutral institutions in the cause of socialism and destroying institutions that could resist socialism. To a great extent his dictum has been followed in American and it has been successful. Academia is a monolithically left wing environment where conservatives are shut out and free speech relegated to designated areas on many major campuses. Where the left cant co-opt it seeks to harness the coercive power of the state to do its bidding. The saga of how the IRS...
  • 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).
  • Nearly 300 State Legislators Sign Statement Expressing Disappointment over Senator Durbins Letter

    08/12/2013 12:39:41 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | 8-12-13 | American Legislative Exchange Council
    The American Legislative Exchange Council released today a letter signed by nearly 300 state legislators from 39 states that expresses dismay over Senator Durbins letter inquiring into businesses and organizations participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council. The letter follows a statement released Friday by the American Legislative Exchange Council expressing concern over Senator Durbins inquiries. The letter, sent to all members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, can be accessed here.
  • 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 senators 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 Durbins enemies list. In the August 6 letter sent to think tanks and corporations, Durbin wrote, I am seeking clarification whether organizations that...
  • THUGOCRACY: Durbins 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 weve got contacts have received letters from Sen. Dick Durbins office today which look an awful lot like the actions that precipitated the IRS scandal. Apparently theres 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 organizations position on stand your ground legislation that was adopted as a national model by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
  • After Trayvon Martin Verdict, Durbin Pushes 300 Companies on Stand Your Ground Laws

    08/06/2013 8:25:09 PM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | Meredith Shiner
    In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial stand your ground laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position of such policies in states across the country.
  • Meet Doug Truax, Dick Durbins potential 2014 opponent

    08/05/2013 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 42 replies
    SunTimes ^ | July 14th 2013 | Brandon Wall
    Downers Grove business owner and West Point graduate Doug Truax (True-axe) will announce Monday morning he is seeking the Republican Partys nomination for Illinois senate seat currently held by Dick Durbin. Dick Durbin and his crew have been in charge in Illinois and the United States for years. Their policies are not working, yet they continue to pursue them again and again as we sink deeper into economic stagnation, Truax says in an announcement video posted to Youtube.