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Sen. Dick Durbin

Entries by Sen. Dick Durbin

Fifty Years After First Surgeon General Report on Smoking, E-Cigarettes Pose Latest Threat to Public Health

(73) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 3:14 PM

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health -- an occasion for recognizing both how far we've come and how far we have yet to go in fighting to end tobacco-related disease and death. Since 1964, significant domestic policy reforms have helped...

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The Wrong Choice for Grameen Bank

(29) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:14 PM

As Members of the United States Senate who are committed to the economic advancement of women around the globe, we are profoundly troubled by recent proposals that would fundamentally alter the future of Bangladesh's Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank.

For more than three decades, Grameen Bank -- headquartered...

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Sitting Out Starbucks

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 4:25 PM

A few years ago Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, spoke to a group of Democratic Senators at a luncheon on Capitol Hill. His speech was about how his upbringing and values shaped his views on business.

Raised in a modest home in Brooklyn, Schultz attended public schools. Like many...

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Support a Public Option

(369) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM

Nearly 50 million Americans -- one-in-six of our fellow citizens -- lack health insurance. And even those families lucky enough to have health insurance have seen their premiums triple in the past decade, now paying an average of $16,000 per year and rising rapidly.

In short, America's health care system...

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Challenging Ourselves To Do More in Africa

(70) Comments | Posted February 18, 2008 | 12:25 PM

Last summer the New York Times and the Pew Global Attitudes Project released a poll that showed that Africans were "wary but hopeful" about their future and the future of the continent. With devastating poverty, a massive AIDS epidemic and political strife, their hope seems remarkable. And it is this...

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