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Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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.

More Probes, Oversight (And Dress Codes) for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Business

The for-profit college industry is lobbying furiously to prevent the Obama Administration from issuing a strong "gainful employment" rule that would cut off aid to career training programs that consistently leave students with insurmountable debt.

Zach Carter

What Do Chase Bank, Condoms, The Tea Party, And Petty Fraud Have In Common? | Zach Carter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

In mid-March, a division of JPMorgan Chase rejected an application to process payments for the fledgling New York City condom company Lovability, citi...

Dem Senator: Romney 'Suffering From Political Amnesia'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday that former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is suffering from "politica...

Romney Takes Victory Lap On Russia, Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama has been naive about Russia's "intentions and objectives,...

Oberweis Wins Primary In Illinois Senate Race

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

State Sen. Jim Oberweis defeated Doug Truax in Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Illinois, the Associated Press reports. Oberweis, who was el...

Oberweis Wins Race To Challenge Dick Durbin

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — A state legislator and dairy magnate has defeated a suburban Chicago businessman in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Illinoi...

Illinois GOP Voters Seek To Shake Up State's Political Order

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

BY SARA BURNETT AND SOPHIA TAREEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO (AP) — With a hunger to reclaim the governor's office, Republican voters set out ...

Dick Durbin Says Mom Would Be Proud Of Him For Making Putin Enemies List

Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

U.S. senators are hardly flinching at the news of Russian President Vladimir Putin's expected sanctions against American officials, with a few even em...

Time to Bring an End to Torture in Our Jails

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 03.05.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

What the senators now know is that long-term solitary confinement is torture and therefore immoral, antithetical to rehabilitation, fiscally wasteful, endangers institutional and community safety, and must be brought to an end.

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

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...

Justice Department Points To Major Drug Policy Reform

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a ...

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

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Proposed laws that would regulate e-cigarettes are met with opposition from those who dismiss e-cigarettes as products that present little or no risk. They claim e-cigarettes are a great way for smokers to quit smoking without exposing innocent bystanders to hazardous vapor. What they don't tell you is the impact that e-cigarettes are having on people who have never smoked before.

Textbooks Costs Continue as Barrier to Higher Education

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 03.19.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

The cost of textbooks has been rising at an average annual rate of six percent. While students no doubt have been aware of the issue all along, cringing at the start of each semester as they tally the costs for course materials, legislators have finally caught on.

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Budget Proves That Earmarks Will Never Die | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The practice of earmarking -- that is, steering federal dollars to specific projects or companies -- might be officially banned in Congr...

Senators Slam 'Glamorization' Of E-Cigarettes At Golden Globes

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators is taking the Golden Globes to task for showing celebrities puffing on electronic cigarettes...

No Princes, One Pauper

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No members of Illinois' congressional delegation crack's list of wealthiest lawmakers, but one made the Top 25 poorest.

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.

How These Senators Became Friends Across Party Lines

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing pa...

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...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Vow 2014 Battle Over Income Inequality | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget Obamacare in 2014. Democrats think income inequality will be the issue that drives the outcome of the off-year election, and plan...

Corruption Threatens Obama Action on For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.

Senate Republican Backs Bipartisan Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced his intent to vote for a bipartisan budget deal in a statement on Sunday. The budget agreement was reached by R...

Dem Senator Says Budget Deal Still Short Of Votes To Pass

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senate Democrats are still short of the votes needed to pass a budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in...