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Mexico's president praises Obama's immigration shiftupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 13:21:00

President Barack Obama received praise Monday from Mexico's president for the decision last week to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants.

Despite immigration reforms, many young immigrants still in limbo updated: Sat Dec 24 2011 09:30:00

It wasn't until his senior year of high school in North Carolina that Monji Dolon found out about his murky immigration status.

CNNMoney: Postal Service delays closings until May 15updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 07:26:00

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to hold off on closing any more post offices or mail facilities until May 15, 2012, to allow Congress time to work on a plan to save the service.

Family says illegal student killed himself over fears he'd never go to collegeupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 16:17:00

Joaquin Luna was only 18. The senior at Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas, dreamed of going to college. But since he was in the country illegally, that was nearly impossible.

Undocumented student takes his lifeupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 16:17:00

An undocumented student in Texas takes his life after losing hope of going to college. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Deficit cutting deadline nearupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:23:00

John King, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Heath Shuler discuss the super committee's looming deadline.

All it takes to solve U.S. debt problem is willpowerupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:23:00

The 12 members of Congress on the deficit reduction committee have my deepest admiration and respect. They face probably the greatest challenge they've ever faced or ever will, at least in political life!

CNNMoney: First step on tax increases by Republicansupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 16:22:00

Love it or hate it, the debt-reduction plan put forth by Republican Senator Pat Toomey has opened the door to tax increases in the negotiations of the Congressional debt committee.

CNNMoney: Geithner: We will 'prevail' over banksupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 19:15:00

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Tuesday joined a chorus of Democratic officials hitting back at bank fees, saying the administration "will prevail" in the battle over banking reforms.

CNNMoney: Durbin to customers: Dump Bank of Americaupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 14:24:00

Sen. Dick Durbin on Tuesday urged customers unhappy with Bank of America's new $5-a-month debit card fee to take their business elsewhere -- calling the fee a golden opportunity for other banks "not as greedy" to drum up new business.

Administration says it will conduct case-by-case review on deportationupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 05:44:00

In a move that could shake up the U.S. immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on "our highest priorities."

Will DREAM Act create 'better' America?updated: Fri Aug 19 2011 05:44:00

Kate Bolduan reports on debate over the DREAM Act, which would set a pathway to legalization for undocumented youth.

CNNMoney: Chamber of Commerce: Default is not an optionupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 13:25:00

As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Big Business is beginning to panic.

CNNMoney: Hold up! Still no deal to raise the debt ceilingupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 13:52:00

The facts about the debt ceiling haven't changed. There are less than two weeks left until Congress walks the Treasury Department off a cliff. And there is still no clear legislative path to avoid that outcome.

2009: Suicide and the militaryupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

In April 2009, A family spoke out after the suicide of a Marine husband and father.

Obama urged to reverse policy on no condolence letters for suicidesupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to change the current "insensitive" policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide.

CNNMoney: Don't cut up your credit card ... stocksupdated: Wed May 18 2011 13:33:00

The nation's biggest banks are sitting out this year's market rally. But credit card companies? That's another story.

CNNMoney: Senator to JPMorgan CEO: Stop whiningupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 12:49:00

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who is critical of a key provision in the financial reform law, has been taken to task by a U.S. senator in a scathing letter.

CNNMoney: Delaying debit card fee cap gains momentumupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 14:30:00

A legislative effort to delay and study a new law capping the swipe fees that retailers pay is picking up steam in Congress.

Don't overstate anti-Muslim biasupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 10:49:00

Almost two weeks after the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on radicalization in the Muslim community in America, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced he will hold a hearing in the Senate. But, rather than focus on the problem of radicalization in the Muslim community, Durbin's panel will be directed to another subject: anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States.

Fighting against a new mosqueupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 10:49:00

Meet Kevin Fisher, who is leading the fight against a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Soledad O'Brien reports.

Durbin: U.S. should tap oil reservesupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 10:44:00

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks rising gas prices might hamper the country's economic recovery.

CNNMoney: National debt: 'Time for gridlock is over'updated: Wed Mar 09 2011 10:54:00

As lawmakers continued to butt heads over how much spending should be cut over the next seven months, a few senators on Tuesday were trying to keep the focus where they think it belongs -- the next several decades.

Republicans, Democrats spell out spending strategiesupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 15:50:00

Republican leaders called Sunday for immediate and significant cuts in government spending, while Democrats warned such a strategy could harm economic recovery.

Sound of Sunday: Most intriguing quotesupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 14:11:00

Here are some of the most notable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:

Lawmakers: Time to cool the political furyupdated: Sun Jan 09 2011 16:12:00

Lawmakers on Sunday called for toning down the political rhetoric in Washington and across the country following a deadly shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and left a congresswoman with a bullet wound to the brain.

Senate Democrats give up bid to pass $1.1 trillion spending billupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

In a dramatic twist played out on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded Thursday night he lacked the votes to bring up a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

$1.1 trillion spending bill killedupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yanked a pork-laden spending bill Thursday, citing the sudden loss of GOP support.

Tax deal clears key Senate hurdleupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 18:50:00

The hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Monday, with both parties strongly supporting a motion to end debate on the measure.

CNNMoney: Tax plan: Get ready for a big debt hangoverupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 05:20:00

Commentary: Maya MacGuineas is the director of the fiscal policy program at the New America Foundation.

CNNMoney: Debt panel: More members sign onupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 14:59:00

A controversial plan by a presidential commission to slash $4 trillion in federal debt has drawn strong bipartisan support as the panel held its final vote on Friday.

Political Circus: Senator makes a leap to the big screenupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 16:09:00

Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed.

Durbin: We don't have the votesupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 10:47:00

Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats are postponing a vote tax cuts because they don't have the 60 votes needed to pass it.

Tea Party: Return to basics or divisive force on right?updated: Mon Sep 27 2010 09:36:00

Depending on who is talking, the Tea Party movement is either an extremist force dividing Republicans or a group of disgruntled taxpayers setting the government on a proper course.

Tea Party activists: We are here to stayupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 09:36:00

Kentucky Tea Party activists say they will influence government by elections and sponsoring conservative candidates.

CNNMoney: Democrats' tax bill targets outsourced jobsupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 08:01:00

Senate Democrats this week will push legislation they say will create jobs and discourage companies from shipping jobs overseas.

Political Sound of Sundayupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 15:04:00

We watch all the Sunday political shows so you don't have to. The best soundbites from September 26, 2010.

CNNMoney: Senate Democrats want middle-class tax cut voteupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 16:10:00

Senate Democrats are aiming to force a vote extending tax breaks for the middle class -- and not for those in the top income bracket -- before they adjourn for the midterm elections.

Durbin released after stomach surgeryupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 14:12:00

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been released from the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he had been recovering from surgery, his spokesman said Saturday.

CNNMoney: Bank of America's dark cloud: Wall Street reformupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 18:01:00

Bank of America's fears about Wall Street reform are giving the whole banking industry a case of the jitters.

CNNMoney: Retailers poised for victory in debit card fee fightupdated: Fri May 14 2010 09:53:00

Retailers are poised for a major victory in the Wall Street reform bill currently pending in Congress. The Senate adopted an amendment late Thursday that will slap sharp restrictions on the fees issuers levy every time a buyer pays with a debit card.

Republicans won't budge on secret holds on Obama nomineesupdated: Fri May 07 2010 14:09:00

Frustrated Democrats went to the Senate floor Friday to seek Republican approval for a long list of administration nominees currently blocked by controversial secret holds placed by GOP senators.

Congress hears testimony on using Internet to quash human rightsupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 16:48:00

"If it were not for the Internet, God knows how many more people would have been killed on the streets of Tehran" after the 2009 Iranian elections, an Iranian blogger told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.

Holding Gitmo inmates would be economic boost, Illinois officials sayupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 18:32:00

A proposal to house federal prisoners, including some detainees from Guantanamo Bay, in a largely vacant maximum-security prison would be an economic boost to struggling northern Illinois, state officials said Sunday.

Lawmakers tour Illinois prisonupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 18:32:00

Federal officials toured an Illinois prison that could one day house Guantanamo detainees. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

First full Senate showdown on legislation could happen next weekupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 15:03:00

The first crucial showdown over health care reform by the full Senate could come as early as next Tuesday.

Clinton delivers messageupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 15:03:00

A CNN panel discusses what effect, if any, Bill Clinton's speech to Democrats had on the health care vote in Congress.

Congress to miss health care deadline, key senator saysupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 20:36:00

Congress will miss President Obama's deadline to enact health care reform by the end of the year, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday.

Health care protests 'clearly being orchestrated,' senator saysupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 10:52:00

The Senate's second-ranking Democrat slammed recent town-hall protests over health care on Sunday, insisting they violate "the democratic process," while the Senate's top Republican accused Democrats of "attacking citizens" with such complaints.

Durbin, Cornyn on town hallsupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 10:52:00

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, weigh in on town halls temper.

FSB: Health care reform's strange bedfellowsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 11:31:00

On a blustery January morning, a handful of journalists dutifully reported to a small, ornately detailed meeting room in a corner of the U.S. Capitol to cover a staple of official Washington life: the nonnews news conference. Backed by a phalanx of American flags, three senators stood to demand prompt and bipartisan health-care reform. But no new legislation was announced, and no new compromise had been brokered.

Durbin to give up key chairmanship in favor of Specterupdated: Thu May 07 2009 13:40:00

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is giving up his chairmanship of the Crime and Drugs Subcommittee and giving it to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said Thursday.

Senators want to fight Mexican drug cartels' expanding influenceupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 20:15:00

A bloody war between Mexican drug cartels is no longer solely a south-of-the-border problem, members of Congress said Tuesday at a hearing on the issue.

Vote expected Tuesday on stimulus after bipartisan dealupdated: Sat Feb 07 2009 09:55:00

U.S. senators began debate on a massive economic-recovery package Friday evening, after a working coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version.

Tentative deal on stimulusupdated: Sat Feb 07 2009 09:55:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews a CNN panel on what the stimulus means after a tentative agreement on the bill.

CNNMoney: Citi backs foreclosure prevention planupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 12:23:00

Citigroup reached an agreement with Democratic lawmakers Thursday on legislation that would allow judges to reduce mortgage debt for individuals who have filed for bankruptcy.

CNNMoney: Citigroup considers 'cram-down' lawupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 13:24:00

Citigroup could soon agree to principles that would let troubled borrowers save their homes through bankruptcy, sources familiar with the talks said Thursday, while industry groups are easing their opposition to the plan.

Official: 'No signature needed'updated: Thu Jan 08 2009 08:45:00

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his signature is not necessary for the Senate to seat Roland Burris.

Bankruptcy a good thing?updated: Fri Nov 21 2008 17:06:00

CNN's Kaushal Patel asks economist and professor Peter Morici why he thinks auto makers should go into bankruptcy.

Analysts: Bush, Obama not taking lead in righting economyupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 17:06:00

As the United States writhes in a collapsing economy, analysts and observers are wondering: Who's skippering the ship?

Sen. Dick Durbin's daughter diesupdated: Sat Nov 01 2008 20:30:00

The daughter of Sen. Dick Durbin died Saturday from a congenital heart condition, the Illinois Democrat's office said.

CNNMoney: Oil speculation: What Congress wantsupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 13:34:00

Close loopholes on foreign oil trading. Limit hedge funds from pouring money into the market. End oil speculation altogether.

CNNMoney: Congress takes aim at oil speculatorsupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 14:29:00

Fed up with soaring oil prices and a chorus of people blaming Wall Street speculators, Congress is considering a host of rules aimed at limiting the inflow of investor money into oil contracts.

CNNMoney: Don't blame us for prices - oil execsupdated: Wed May 21 2008 15:47:00

Amid increasing public outcry over record-shattering oil and gas prices, senators on Wednesday hauled industry executives in to testify about the recent runup.

Senate GOP blocks mortgage relief billupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:34:00

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked efforts to give bankruptcy courts more power to stave off home foreclosures, a move the chamber's Democratic leader called "a big mistake."

Upside-down mortgagesupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:34:00

CNN's Christine Romans reports on a problem that could impact 30% of all mortgages by year's end.

Bush: 'No recollection' of tapesupdated: Sat Dec 08 2007 07:49:00

U.S. President George W. Bush "has no recollection" of videotapes of CIA interrogations of some al Qaeda suspects or of plans to destroy the tapes, a White House spokeswoman said.

CIA videotapes controversyupdated: Sat Dec 08 2007 07:49:00

U.S. lawmakers demand answers over the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.

Time.com: CIA Tapes Furor: A Legacy of Mistrust updated: Fri Dec 07 2007 15:00:00

The agency tries to protect its operatives from betrayal by its political overlords. But in doing so, it may instead have imperiled them

Durbin makes the case for billupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 15:08:00

Sen. Richard Durbin says it time to end the Iraq war by voting for Democratic version of war appropriation bill.

Time.com: Squeezing Mukasey on Torture updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 03:00:00

By turning waterboarding into a make-or-break issue for the Attorney General nominee, the Democrats are using the President's favored weapon of moral clarity against him

CNNMoney: Mattel CEO contrite before Senateupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 02:53:00

Mattel CEO Robert Eckert made another public apology Wednesday over unsafe toys that were made in China, and sought to convince a Senate panel that the company was determined to avoid more recalls in the future.

Sources: Petraeus wants no troop cuts until springupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 17:51:00

The top U.S. commander in Iraq will recommend to President Bush that current U.S. troop levels be maintained in Iraq through next spring, according to U.S. military officials.

Cafferty: 'Kicking ass' in Iraqupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 17:51:00

CNN's Jack Cafferty takes e-mails on President Bush's recent comment about Iraq while attending a summit in Australia.

Time.com: Young Bush Staffer Gets Grilledupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 15:00:00

J. Scott Jennings became the latest sacrificial lamb the White House has sent up to answer questions about the U.S. Attorneys firings

Rove a no-show at hearing, aide skirts questionsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 05:26:00

The top aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove refused to answer at least a dozen questions from a Senate committee Thursday about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, asserting -- as expected -- a claim of executive privilege by President Bush.

Bush official cites privilegeupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 05:26:00

Bush official cites privilege

Time.com: GOP Rallies Behind Talk Radio updated: Fri Jun 29 2007 09:15:00

Fearing a legislative push from Democrats to "fix" conservative-dominated radio shows, Republicans are starting to fight back

Obama placed under Secret Service protectionupdated: Thu May 03 2007 15:46:00

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, has been placed under the protection of the Secret Service, the agency said Thursday.

Durbin: 'Time for President Bush to face the reality of Iraq'updated: Wed Jan 10 2007 21:41:00

Below is the text of Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin's speech on Wednesday, the Democratic response to President Bush's address to the nation on a revised strategy in the Iraq war:

Democrats: This is not what Americans voted forupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 00:59:00

Democrats generally reacted with disdain and Republicans with cautious support Wednesday night after President Bush laid out his plan to increase U.S. troop strength in Iraq.

CNNMoney: Dems versus oil, part 2updated: Fri Nov 10 2006 13:35:00

Democrats, now freshly in control of Congress, are likely to want to get more oil money into government coffers.

Blue ties 'symbolic' as Bush, Democratic leaders meetupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 08:02:00

Now facing Democratic control of both chambers of Congress during the last two years of his presidency, President Bush on Friday continued to move toward building a working relationship with Democratic congressional leaders.

Durbin questions Guard use at borderupdated: Mon May 15 2006 21:44:00

Delivering the Democratic response to President Bush's immigration speech, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin questioned Bush's plan to deploy National Guard troops on the United States' southern border.

Democrats' immigration responseupdated: Mon May 15 2006 20:58:00

President Bush spoke to the nation about immigration Monday night. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the assistant minority leader, gave the Democratic Party's response.

Senators press CIA nominee on independenceupdated: Wed May 10 2006 12:23:00

Key senators pressed Michael Hayden on Wednesday about whether he would operate as an independent CIA director despite his active status as an Air Force four-star general.

Democrats: U.S. suffering from GOP corruptionupdated: Sat Jan 14 2006 11:47:00

In the Democratic Party's weekly radio address on the weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin said if the slain civil rights leader were alive today, he would be troubled by today's Republican policies.

Dick Durbin's Senateupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 10:31:00

On November 16, as Congress raced to adjourn for Thanksgiving, Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin found time to sit down with Republican political activist C. Boyden Gray. It was unpleasant for Gray, who followed with what looked like a pre-arranged letter of apology to the senator. After that, Durbin was reported to have lifted the "hold" blocking Gray's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the European Union (EU).

CNNMoney: Senators propose gasoline reserveupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 08:00:00

Two Democratic senators proposed legislation Thursday that would create an emergency gasoline and jet-fuel reserve.

Richie Daley's partyupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 12:00:00

Last week's long-range confrontation between Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was much more than a personal tiff involving two formidable Illinois Democrats who obviously are not fond of each other.

Durbin apologizes for Gitmo remarksupdated: Tue Jun 21 2005 19:52:00

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat apologized Tuesday for remarks comparing the treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to methods used by the Nazis, Soviets and other repressive regimes.

CNNMoney: Dems ask FCC to probe Sinclairupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 14:05:00

The following is a letter spearheaded by California Senator Dianne Feinstein and signed by 20 democratic senators.

CIA chief: New intelligence czar unnecessaryupdated: Sun Jul 18 2004 10:28:00

Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin said Sunday that a new Cabinet-level chief to oversee all U.S. intelligence agencies is unnecessary.

Kerry-Durbin '04? updated: Fri Jul 02 2004 07:33:00

Vice President Dick Durbin? Read on.

Does abortion trump all other issues?updated: Tue Jun 15 2004 11:46:00

When Dick Durbin's hometown priest slammed the Senator's pro-choice voting record, Durbin's office did not sit idle. It compiled a scorecard ranking 24 Catholic Senators by their votes on issues of concern to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Battling the bishopsupdated: Tue Jun 15 2004 10:09:00

It made only the faintest blip on John Kerry's campaign radar screen -- or anyone else's -- when an Archbishop from St. Louis, Mo., told a local television station four months ago that the Massachusetts Senator with a staunchly pro-choice voting record should "not present himself for Communion" in that archdiocese.

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