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Democrats Confident Iran Deal Will Survive In Congress

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

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Rumblings for Durbin, Not Schumer for Senate Majority Leader

Marcy Winograd | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Former DC roommates, Durbin and Schumer have taken divergent stands on war and peace, with Schumer, former head of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, voting for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002 and opposing the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Dick Durbin Becomes Lead Whip For Peace On Iran

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the president saves his Iran deal from the critics trying to kill it in the United States Senate, it will be in large credit to one ...

Is Scott Walker Less of an Extremist Than Donald Trump?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Naiman

Scott Walker is turning his union-busting theory of labor relations into a warmongering theory of U.S. foreign policy.

Senate Revs Up Debate On Highway Bill, Roadblocks Lie Ahead

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After some initial stalling, the Senate on Wednesday kicked off debate on a multiyear highway bill that would fund the nation's ailing ...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Will Torture GOP With Shutdown Politics In Spending Battle | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats’ plan to block every GOP spending bill this summer isn’t a bid for a government shutdown -- it’s a strategy to bring Rep...

Democrats Say They'll Be Ready If Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Democrats were prepared to quickly come up with a legislative solution should the U....

Michael McAuliff

Top U.S. Senator Calls Charleston Shooter A 'Terrorist' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The man who gunned down nine worshippers in a Charleston church is a terrorist whose brutal act demands a conversation that's much broad...

Ryan Grim

Mitch McConnell Calls On Kentucky To Move Jefferson Davis Statue | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) called on his home state of Kentucky to consider moving its statue of Confederate President J...

Money in Politics: The Solutions Are Here and Voters Are Ready for Leaders

David Donnelly | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
David Donnelly

It has been hard to avoid the similarities between the alleged corrupt activities of top officials at soccer's ruling body, FIFA, and the way American political candidates are wholly dependent on huge gifts from wealthy donors to run for office.

How Bernie Sanders Can Kill the 1 Percent's TPP Trade Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was a close second in a recent straw poll of Wisconsin Democrats, has called for a "political revolution" to revitalize democracy in the United States. Is Sanders ready to walk the walk?

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

Shahien Nasiripour

Senate Democrats Slam Arne Duncan Over 'Business As Usual' Treatment Of Controversial Contractor | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

Last May, after the Justice Department accused one of his contractors of intentionally cheating active-duty troops on their federal student loans, Edu...

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham And Dick Durbin Join Forces For The Love Of Science Research | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the Senate’s more outspoken members, one on the Republican side of the aisle the other on the Democratic side, are teaming up t...

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Despite Reid's Threat, GOP Won't Prioritize Highway Bill Over International Trade | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Senate Republicans made it clear Tuesday that in spite of threats from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), they don't intend...

Kim Bellware

Health Care At County Jails Could Get Big Boost Under Proposed Bill | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

With almost 10,000 on-site inmates, the Cook County Jail in Chicago is the size of a small city -- one in which roughly one-third of the population is...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Harry Reid Says 'Hell No' To Giving Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is saying “hell no” to a bipartisan deal reached last week that would grant President Barack Obama authorit...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Clinton Aides Meet With Senate Democrats To Talk 2016 | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior campaign advisers to Hillary Clinton met with Senate Democrats during their weekly luncheon on Tuesday to talk about the former s...

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily decreased since it peaked in 2007 at $17.09 million, the average net worth of House members has been on the rise after it fell briefly to $4.66 million in 2008.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Top Republican On Schumer: ‘He's A Guy That We Can Do Business With' | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

The Senate’s third-ranking Republican sees room for collaboration with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is looking to take the top Democratic spot i...

Patty Murray Endorses Schumer For Democratic Leader

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is backing New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer for the top Senate Democratic leadership spot, Murray's office confirmed Monday...

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

Progressives Thrilled That Durbin Will Seek Reelection as Senate Democratic Whip -- Here's Why

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Late Thursday night, after hearing of Harry Reid's plans to retire from the Senate, Dick Durbin went to Chuck Schumer and told him that in order to prevent a divisive, distracting battle, he would not challenge Schumer for the leader position and would instead run again for his post of Democratic whip. That was classic Dick Durbin.