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Obama, Durbin and Pelosi All Point Fingers at Someone Else for Killing Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.

Senate Panel Approves Weakened Cocaine Sentencing Bill

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin announced that he and Sen. Jeff Sessions had reached a "compromise" in the Senate gym over Durbin's bill, which...

Michael Bennet's

Politico | LISA LERER & MANU RAJU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

One vote shy of 60, frustrated Democrats are talking about changing Senate rules to make it easier for them to overcome Republican filibusters. It'...

Dick Durbin: CTA To Receive $1.5M For Electric Vehicle Stalls

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The stalls constructed through this funding will deliver electrical power to up to 80 vehicles and provide services such as heating and air-conditioni...

Dick Durbin Positioning Himself For A Majority Leader Run?

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democrats are hungry for a hardball strategy against a resurgent Republican Party, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is positioning himself as a le...

Dick Durbin Expresses Need For Health Care Reform In Chicago: Tells Insurance Companies The 'Party's Over' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sen. Dick Durbin brought the health care fight to Chicago this weekend, where he held a press conference telling insurance companies in Illinois and t...

Durbin Takes Hard Line On Rising Insurance Costs

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Small businesses and ordinary citizens are suffering under the crushing increases in health insurance premiums, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said to...

Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Green

Polls show that voters in state after state overwhelmingly want the public option -- and progressives will keep pushing others senators to take a stand until 50 votes are reached.

Sam Stein

Durbin Launches Online Petition To Reform The Filibuster | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The second ranking Democrat in the United States Senate is trying to fire up efforts to reform the filibuster rules that so often grind activity in hi...

Friday Talking Points [112] -- Public Option's Last Stand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin here, I'd like to humbly propose a new law. No American television station should be allowed to have an exclusive contract for any Ol...

Sen. Dick Durbin Mocks D.C.: They Treat Snow Like A Nuclear Attack'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even though Washington DC has seen more than a fair share of snow this winter, Sen. Dick Durbin thinks the reaction to the snowstorm in the nation's c...

Dick Durbin Throws Weight Behind Effort To Reform Filibuster

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Okay, this could be significant: Senator Dick Durbin is now throwing his weight behind a new effort to reform the filibuster, a move that could give ...

The Big Shake: Is Chicago Earthquake a Wake Up Call for Clean Coal?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Some experts openly question whether injecting carbon dioxide back into underground storage areas might actually trigger earthquakes.

Dick Durbin: Mike Madigan Partially To Blame For Cohen Situation (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Here is something you don't hear every day: an Illinois Democrat criticizing state Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan. After announcing his c...

Alexi Giannoulias: Dick Durbin To Head Alexi's Senate Campaign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Alexi Giannoulias has found a powerful ally to serve as the chairman of his campaign. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois's other senator and the second-ra...

This Corruption in Washington is Smothering America's Future

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

None of the crises facing us all -- from the global banking system to global warming -- can be dealt with if a tiny number of super-rich corporations have a veto over every inch of progress.

Asian Carp Summit: Durbin Asks Congress For $20 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With concern mounting about the invasive Asian carp, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Judy Biggert led a bipartisan forum on the subjec...

History Reveals a Pattern as DPC Hearings Look For Best Job Creation Ideas

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Byron Dorgan

Our country's unemployment rate now exceeds 10 percent. And for every American who is out of a job, the unemployment rate feels more like 100 percent.

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Won't Commit To Support Budget For Afghanistan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of President Barack Obama's closest allies in the Senate would not commit on Sunday to voting in favor of the proposed surge of U.S. forces in Afg...

Thomson Residents Want Gitmo Detainees At Prison: 'It Will Wind Up Being A Boon For This Town'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

THOMSON, Ill. — Some folks in this dying Mississippi River town would rather take their chances with suspected terrorists in their backyard than...

Opening Night in Chicago: Senator Durbin Denounces Unfairness; Calls for Reform

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Johnson

The question most asked here is "how long can this go on? Bailouts for the ones who created the mess, bankers acting like they earned it, and Congress pretending to reform the system.

Arianna: Move Your Money To Make Big Banks Smaller (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Huff TV

Arianna joined Reuters's Jim Pethokoukis to discuss financial reform on The Dylan Ratigan Show Monday. She called for Americans to enact their own...

Jeff Muskus

Senate Leaders Not Courting Votes For Drug Re-Importation Amendment | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate leadership has pledged to allow a vote on re-importing prescription drugs from Canada as an amendment to the health care reform bill, but they'...

The Fall Of Greg Craig

TIME | Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly 100 days after Barack Obama entered office, his top White House lawyer, Greg Craig, braced the President's senior advisers for a potentially ex...

How Green is Chicago? Eight Arrested at Deadly Fisk Coal-Fired Plant

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

The Chicago activists called attention to the deadly life cycle of coal mining and coal burning -- including the burning of coal strip-mined from mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia.