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Fleet Owner Magazine
Ferro's FMCSA focused on greater enforcement powers
Anne Ferro, left, administrator of the FMCSA, talks with Paul Oakley, senior vp-government affairs for the American Moving & Storage Assn., at a Roadcheck event in 2011.
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Democrats Seek U.S. Contract Ban to Discourage Inversions
Democrats in Congress are trying again to prevent the federal government from awarding contracts to companies that save taxes by moving their legal addresses outside the U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Lloyd Doggett of Texas are slated to introduce legislation today that would create a government-wide ban on contracts with such ... (more)
Sun Jul 27, 2014
US Senator Touts Fed Gun Intelligence Center in Chicago
After a spate[??] of shootings across Chicago that left over a dozen dead and nearly 100 wounded, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center, saying, 'You can't fight a war without intelligence,' the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Sat Jul 26, 2014
Lemony Lerner's Series of Unfortunate Events [Humor]
The media are abuzz with the IRS affair. As you may have heard, former IRS official Lois Lerner, in charge of tax exempt groups, directed harassment operations targeting conservative groups.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin
Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near the airport despite having no building permits, construction plans or legit franchise deals with Hyatt and other chains.
Fire Dog Lake
FDL Exclusive: DOJ Says Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Taxpayers $24 Billion
Previous estimates said the SSA would save taxpayers $3 billion over 10 years but the new memo more than doubles that at $7.4 billion The Department of Justice has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from FDL News for documents estimating the costs that the federal government will not have to incur if the Smarter Sentencing Act of ... (more)
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
Noted for Your Nighttime Procrastination for July 23, 2014
Was the ACA Dicision Based on a Mistake? : "In a recent blog post, Cato scholar Michael Cannon admitted that he and his colleague, Case Western University professor Jonathan Adler, had made a mistake in an amicus brief they submitted to the courts in the Halbig and King cases.... This mistake... goes to the central argument that he and Jonathan ... (more)
Tue Jul 22, 2014
Sen. Durbin derides Walgreen tax plan
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Tuesday urged Walgreen Co. to reconsider a possible move of its headquarters to Switzerland to lower its U.S. tax bill.
John Bullis: Corporations are moving tax domiciles to save taxes
The Congressional Research Service - a policy research arm of Congress - recently told Congress 76 U.S. corporations have shifted their tax domiciles out of the United States to other countries since 1983, to avoid U.S. taxes.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Dems seek criminal penalties against companies that fail to notify...
Senate Democrats want to impose criminal penalties, including the possibility of years in prison, against company executives that fail to tell workers that they won't receive coverage for certain contraceptives as part of their health insurance.
Sat Jul 19, 2014
Can Anything Stop Drug Companies From Fleeing The U.S. Tax System?
Yesterday morning, after five spurned bids, AbbVie, the North Chicago-based pharmaceutical giant finally closed in on a deal to buy Irish drugmaker Shire for $54 billion.
Los Angeles Times
Members of Congress call for Putin to halt intervention in Ukraine
Temporarily setting aside the usual partisan sniping, lawmakers in Congress turned their sights Friday on Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on Moscow to end the separatist conflict in the aftermath of the Malaysian jetliner disaster.
Fri Jul 18, 2014
IL Sen. Durbin Meets With Corn Growers on Farm Bill Implementation
Washington-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin July 17 met with members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association to discuss implementation of the Farm Bill and other agricultural priorities.
Military Cigarette Discounts Get Sen. Durbin's Attention
Senate appropriators this week approved their version of a fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.
The real war on women (and speech): Dick Durbin edition
According to an analysis conducted by Andrew Stiles for the Washington Free Beacon, women in the office of Senator Dick Durbin make 77 cents to each dollar earned by men.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Federal Computer Week
Squeezing Defense IT, dinging FDIC and arguing for better access to space
The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 17 approved by voice vote a bill that would spend $500 million less on defense IT than requested by the Obama administration, while maintaining a keen focus on cybersecurity.
Statement Regarding Department Of Defense Epilepsy Funding Announcement
CHICAGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "CURE applauds the announcement today from the U.S. Department of Defense - allocating $7.5 million dedicated to epilepsy research - and thanks Senator Dick Durbin for his leadership on this issue.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Fight over human trafficking law jeopardizes U.S. response to border crisis
U.S. Democratic lawmakers' deep resistance to changing a 2008 law that combats human trafficking threatened on Wednesday to slow the government's response to a surge of 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border.
Erratum In The Adler-Cannon Amicus Briefs Filed In 'Halbig' & 'King'
I discovered an error that I committed in, but that does not weaken or alter the conclusions of, the amicus briefs Jonathan Adler and I filed with the courts of appeals in both Halbig v.
Senate panel aims to maintain 11 flattops
A Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.