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Richard Durbin

Humans Rights Advocates Say U.S. Response to Syrian Crisis Is Unjust, 'Insulting'

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 12.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Human rights organizations say it is insulting that the United States is preparing to take in only 10,000 Syrian refugees next fiscal ye...

A Top Democratic Senator Wants The U.S. To Take In 100,000 Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. should take in 100,000 Syrian refugees next fiscal year, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday, making him the first senator t...

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.

Shahien Nasiripour

Senate Democrats Demand Obama Administration Forgive Corinthian Students' Debts | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

A group of Senate Democrats has urged the Obama administration to forgive debts incurred by thousands of current and former students at troubled for-p...

Walgreen Ditches Controversial Tax Move

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business

* Obama administration says weighing options on inversions * Democratic senators urge prompt action by White House * Wal...

Walgreens May Face Consumer, Political Backlash if It Elects to Become a 'Corporate Deserter'

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Within the next several weeks Illinois-based Walgreens drug store chain is set to decide if it will become what President Obama referred to last week as a "corporate deserter" by tearing up its U.S. Citizenship in order to cut its corporate taxes.

Is Sentencing Reform Debate a Move Toward Drug Legalization?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Almost no one is talking now about changes to make the existing drug laws actually work to control drugs. The new discourse is a tacit acknowledgement that the Controlled Substances Act is beyond repair as a mechanism to control the supply of drugs.

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

Chris Kirkham

Feds Probe For-Profit College Accused Of Creating Fake Jobs | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.06.2014 | Business

The Obama administration has launched a probe into job placement rates advertised by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a major for-profit college operator, su...

Chris Kirkham

Senator Accuses For-Profit College Chain Of Defrauding Taxpayers | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

A top Senate Democrat on Thursday called for the Obama administration and collegiate accreditors to investigate whether a major for-profit college com...

Suppose the Tea Party Walked Out of Congress?

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

Too many Progressives do not yet understand the threat posed by the anti-majoritarian compromises agreed to in the Constitution -- or added, like the filibuster, over the decades.

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts | 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...

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...

Historic Immigration Debate Raises the Question: What Kind of America Do We Want?

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Will Congress uphold our national values that cherish the richness our immigrant community provides? Or, will Congress allow itself to be led astray by those seeking to turn bad politics into bad policy?

Zach Carter

Fiscal Cliff: House Democrats Close Ranks Against Social Security Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Social Security cuts should not be part of any deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." Van Hollen's comme...

Tyler Kingkade

No Way Out: Will Congress Change Bankruptcy Laws For Student Loans? | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.17.2013 | College

NEW YORK -- Edith Oquendo wishes she could file for bankruptcy. When Oquendo, a resident of Kissimmee, Fla., left her job as a photographer at Walt...

Tyler Kingkade

Study Finds Disturbing Trend With Private Student Loans | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.20.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Students took on more student-loan debt than they needed or could handle, during a borrowing boom from 2004 to 2008, largely due to relaxe...

Chris Kirkham

College Could Lose Accreditation and Access To Federal Dollars | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

In just seven years, Ashford University has grown to be one of the nation's largest for-profit colleges, morphing from a 300-student Catholic school i...

Solitary Confinement: Time to End State-Sponsored Insanity

Sheila R. Rule | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Sheila R. Rule

Like most people in prison, most people in solitary will eventually return to our communities, to our neighborhoods. How we treat them while they are inside will go some way in determining the lives they live among us when they come home.

Butt Out, Congress!

Marty Robins | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Marty Robins

Does Congress ever learn... to butt out of things that aren't its business? This may sound like a rhetorical question, but it's actually a very serious one that needs to be answered if we are ever going to restore public confidence in our leadership.

Elise Foley

Dream Act-Style Bill 'Unfair And Unreasonable,' Key Democrat Says | Elise Foley | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the upper chamber's main proponent of the Dream Act, told HuffPost on Tuesday that he's glad Republicans incl...

8 Ways The Government Is Grappling With Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.30.2012 | College

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) thinks Congress should change the law to allow borrowers to have their debt from private student loans wiped clean when fili...

Senator Endorses Change To Filibuster Rule

Wilmette-Kenilworth-Patch | Steve Sadin | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Frustrated with Senate Republicans blocking a majority of 51 senators from passing President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, Sen. Richard Durbin (...

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...

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...