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Rebel Media: Double Standard Dick
The story of the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative-leaning organizations for special scrutiny in nonprofit status is one of the biggest scandals to hit Washington, D.C., in my lifetime.
Mon May 20, 2013
US News & World Report
The Problems With the Senate's Newest Farm Bill
Pete Sepp is Executive Vice President for the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union , a nonpartisan citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes and limited government at all levels.
Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports
Senate supporters of far-reaching immigration legislation accepted minor changes in public while negotiating over more sweeping alterations in private Monday as they drove toward expected Judiciary Committee approval by mid-week. In a long day of drafting, the panel voted to begin phasing in a requirement for foreigners to undergo fingerprinting ... (more)
Sun May 19, 2013
River Cities' Reader
Two Republicans Looking Seriously at Attorney General
One of the worst-kept secrets over the past few weeks is that House Republican Leader Tom Cross has been considering a run for Illinois attorney general.
Sat May 18, 2013
The Southtown Star
Kadner: No chairs for chatty old veterans
As 79-year-old Gerald Lee slumped to the floor, he wondered why there were no chairs for patients at the registration desks in the Edward Hines Veterans Affairs clinic in Oak Lawn.
Bill Baar's West Side
Il U.S. Senator Durbin encouraged Irs harassment in 2010 - Illinois Review
Why did the #IRA investigate Conservatives, Pro-lifers, and Tea Partiers; 'cause Progressives told them too.
Fri May 17, 2013
Joe Nocera's Blog: The Day in Gun Violence
Yesterday, on the Senate floor, Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, gave a nine-minute speech about the continuing gun violence in the months since Newtown, and the Senate's inability to pass a universal background check bill.
Wed May 15, 2013
U.S. Senate Seeks Tobacco Tax Increases
Five U.S. Senators have introduced Senate Bill Number 826, which would increase the cigarette tax by $.94 per pack for a new federal rate of $1.95 per pack, and impose tax parity on other tobacco products.
Tue May 14, 2013
Senators battle over tech worker visas
Silicon Valley tech companies are aggressively seeking looser requirements to "hire American workers first" to fill tech jobs, potentially splitting the bipartisan Gang of Eight coalition that put together the huge immigration bill.
Salt Lake Tribune
Hatch warns of tech industry clout in immigration debate
Sen. Orrin Hatch warned that tech companies may oppose immigration reform if the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn't change the bill to make it easier to import highly-trained workers from overseas.
The Washington Post
The two amendments by Sen. Jeff Sessions would have required the Department of Homeland Security to establish a biometric identification system to track people entering and exiting the country at the nation's airports, seaports and border crossings and would have limited the number of legal immigrants who could enter the country with worker visas.
Internet Sales Tax A Win, Say Niles and Morton Grove Chambers
The U.S. Senate has passed, 69-27, the Internet Sales Tax bill, which would require online businesses to collect the sames sales taxes as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, according to congress.org. The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled U.S. House, where it would need to pass in order to become law, according to cnn.com. Niles Chamber ... (more)
Mon May 13, 2013
Parties continue to spar over Benghazi
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that he thinks "more whistleblowers" will come forward with information on the deadly attack last year on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
Sun May 12, 2013
Face the Nation transcripts May 12, 2013: Gates, Pickering, Ayotte, Durbin, and Angelou
Below is a transcript of "Face the Nation" on May 12, 2013, hosted by CBS News' Bob Schieffer.
300 proposed changes to US immigration bill
Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan said Saturday that none of the 300 amendments U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members want included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill would change Section 2109-the CNMI-specific provision allowing long-term foreign workers to apply for improved status.
Fri May 10, 2013
Belleville News Democrat
Sen. Durbin: Feds rescind decision to layoff air traffic controllers...
Louis Regional Airport, in Bethalto, and Southern Illinois Airport, in Carbondale, will remain open.
Thu May 09, 2013
Stars and Stripes
Sen. Durbin wants proof that 2005 BRAC actually saved money
A U.S. senator wants the Air Force to prove it saved money by closing bases due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.
Senators defeat border security provision
In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, and others Senators, participate in a news conference on immigration on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Technology firms jealously guard worker visas in Senate immigration bill
The tech industry is on guard against amendments to the Senate immigration bill that could chip away at provisions that would help their businesses employ more highly skilled foreign workers.
Altering Immigration Bill Risks Losing Senators' Votes
Democrats and Republicans alike are seeking alterations in the Senate immigration proposal that may imperil the bill as the Judiciary Committee begins considering as many as 300 amendments.