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Dick Durbin

Is the Tea Party's Issue with Obama a Racial One?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The Tea Party in particular, judging by the words and actions of many in this radical right-wing faction, seem sickened by the fact that a black man lives in the White House.

Jennifer Bendery

Dick Durbin Stands By Claim That Top GOPer Told Obama, 'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly dismissed allegations by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that a top House Republica...

'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alleged this weekend that a top House Republican leader told President Barack Obama, "I cannot even stand to...

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

New High Court Case Threatens a Citizens United Sequel on Steroids

David Ormsby | Posted 12.17.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A key federal campaign finance cap is going wobbly. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument in a new challenge to federal PAC spending...

Senate Talks Stalled Pending House Action, Dem Says

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate negotiations to lift the U.S. debt limit and reopen the federal government were suspended on Tuesday unti...

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

Friday Talking Points -- Ted Cruz: Senator Ham-I-Am

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Talk about missing the point. And no, I do not refer to the mindless mainstream media (who apparently don't know the difference between "a filibuster" and "a 21-hour ego trip").

Michael McAuliff

Mitch McConnell Opposes Strike, Slams Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed President Barack Obama over his handling of Syria and declared he would oppose a resoluti...

Zach Carter

Jeff Flake Blasts Obama For Making GOP Vote On Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday over the Obama administration's decision to seek congressiona...

Audit: Metra Payout Unnecessary

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Patronage, clout, hush money, misuse of public funds... there are so many ways the events surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford have exploded into the biggest Illinois scandal of the summer.

Ashley Balcerzak

Democrats Slam King's 'Hateful' Language In His Own District

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators headed to Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) turf Friday to denounce King's recent, inflammatory comments about young, u...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Student Loan Profit Guaranteed As Senate Approves Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government is forecast to generate $185 billion in profit over the next decade from students and their families under an overhaul of the fede...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hearing Featuring Anti-Muslim Witness Show Partisan Split

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Guantanamo's detention facilities are going to close soon, it was hard to tell from watching a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on ...

Shahien Nasiripour

White House Twists Arms To Defuse Student Loan Implosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

The White House is scrambling to keep a preliminary deal on student loan interest rates from imploding, people familiar with the efforts said Tuesday,...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senators To Obama: Force-Feedings 'Should Be Alarming To All Of Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to end force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. "We ... encourage you to direct the De...

Sounding off on pensions, state government

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

REBOOTER IN ACTION A friend of a friend recently forwarded us something circulating around the Internet that showed someone educating others about his...

Dave Jamieson

How Tech Workers Got Hosed In The Senate Immigration Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of the many agreements struck in the Senate immigration bill passed Thursday, one of the most critical came courtesy of two long-standin...

Shahien Nasiripour

Bad News For Students In Debt

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

The Federal Reserve's efforts to help households with student debt are being stymied, a top regulator said Wednesday, preventing millions of distresse...

Shahien Nasiripour

Another Idea To Raise Student Loan Rates -- From Democrats!

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

The vast majority of new federal student loans would cost more under a Democratic proposal being pushed as a compromise to avert an impending student ...

Massachusetts, Illinois Senators Bet On Stanley Cup

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Senators representing Massachusetts and Illinois wagered home-state staples on Wednesday on the Stanley Cup Finals. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Eli...

Jason Linkins

Dick Durbin On NSA Surveillance: I Told You So

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) joins Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) today in being forced into a state of agita over the revelation that the NSA has bee...

Where The Boys Are

Lucia Graves | Posted 06.04.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- With its mismatched curtains and ivy-covered front yard, D.C.'s real Alpha House is not very alpha looking. But the dreary exterior o...

Democrats Blow Another One

Salon | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

My friend John Fugelsang likes to say that the Democratic Party is like an S&M submissive who forgot his safety word. After the lame performance of De...

Senate Takes Up Internet Sales Tax Measure

Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Senate is aiming to help traditional retailers and financially strapped state and loc...