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Illinois Senators Differ On 'Occupy,' Kirk Calls Protests 'Unintellectual'

Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' two U.S. senators this week addressed the continuing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have only continued to grow in their home state ...

Bank of America's Outrageous Debit Fee -- Another Reason to Break Up the Big Wall Street Banks

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Let's make Bank of America remember the old adage: "The pigs get fat and the hogs get slaughtered." Let's use their own greed to stoke the "Occupy Wall Street" sentiment that is -- quite correctly -- sweeping the country.

Bank of America, Adam Smith and a Fee Market System

Adam Levin | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business
Adam Levin

In keeping with the new Durbin-inspired trend of candor and brevity, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan justified the new fee by saying, "we have the right to make a profit." Translation: I think they need the dough.

Ryan Grim

Movement To Abandon Bank Of America Picks Up Key Backer | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

On Sunday night, Rep. Brad Miller, a Democrat from Bank of America's home state of North Carolina, attended a general assembly meeting of Occupy Ralei...

Lizzie Schiffman

Durbin: Debit Card Fees Could Help Smaller Banks, Businesses | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

Following announcements late last week that Bank of America was planning to charge a $5 fee for debit card use, and that other banks were considering ...

Ryan Grim

Dems On Offense Against Bank Of America For Debit Fee | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While demonstrators in New York are calling for an occupation of Wall Street, a new push by Democrats in Congress proposes a different t...

A Winning Game Plan

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Mr. Schultz and his cohorts are to be commended for stepping forward as concerned citizen-leaders at this time of great urgency.

Lindsey Graham: 'Everything Is Worse' Under Obama

Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that "everything is worse" under President Barack Obama. "This is our election to lose," Graham told Ca...

Dick Durbin: GOP Candidates 'Bow And Genuflect' To Tea Party

Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

GOP candidates "bow and genuflect" to the Tea Party, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "As I listen to the Repub...

Elise Foley

Democratic Leaders: Jobs Plan Will Receive Support From Caucus | Elise Foley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it was reported that Democrats were abandoning a jobs bill before it was introduced, party leadership insisted that Democrat...

4 Teens Shot Near Mayor's Planned Meeting On South Side

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Four teens were wounded Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood--where Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. H...

Durbin Weighs In On Marquee Congressional Primary Race

Posted 10.16.2011 | Chicago

Thanks to the recently-completed redistricting process, Illinois's Congressional delegation is in for a big shake-up in the 2012 elections. A number o...

A Campaign for Congress Worthy of Our Attention

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It has often been said that politics is not a spectator sport. There is no greater truth, especially these days. Yet we progressives do see glimmers of hope surfacing here and there, including in exciting places like Wisconsin.

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

Elise Foley

Facing Deportation, DREAM Act Students Push For Deferred Action | Elise Foley | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is quietly halting some deportations of undocumented young people, after a memo in June that directed immigrati...

Elise Foley

Durbin: Debt Deal Will Be The Death Of Keynesian Economics | Elise Foley | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans are killing Keynesian economics with their attempt to cut spending as the economy rebounds from a recession, Senate Majo...

Sam Stein

Reid Vote Delayed To Sunday As Hints Of Deal Emerge | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A final Senate vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling was put off 12 more hours as the two sides inched toward a long-sought agreemen...

Michael McAuliff

Unions Go After Gang Of Six Plan: 'It Would Kill Jobs' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unions are coming down hard on the so-called "Gang of Six" deficit-cutting plan, blasting the bipartisan proposal with a harsh ad set to...

Ryan Grim

Gang Of Six Unveils Debt-Reduction Plan | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than half the Senate was convened early Tuesday morning by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) for a briefing on a deficit-reduction plan bein...

Tea Party Debt Plan Takes Center Stage

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Courting confrontation and compromise alike, House Republicans shrugged off President Barack Obama's threat to veto legislation to ...

Republicans' Anti-Tax Juggernaut

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Without a bipartisan agreement this summer to reduce the federal deficit and raise the debt limit, the economy could suffer a horre...

Friday Talking Points -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An important debate flared this week -- one in which sides were chosen, positions staked out, and invective hurled. I will let that sentence stand in...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Suggest GOP's Budget Stand Is Nutty And Dangerous | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats think they have a winning strategy in the deadlocked debt debate: casting Republicans as single-minded lunatics who will prote...

Paige Lavender

WATCH: Democratic Senator Targets Tax Breaks For The Horse Racing Industry | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is turning up the heat on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the deficit debate, highlighting the Kent...

Elise Foley

Undocumented Journalist And Students Push Obama To Halt Deportations | Elise Foley | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and other young people without legal status called on Wednesday for the president to stop de...