President Barack Obama received praise Monday from Mexico's president for the decision last week to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants.
It wasn't until his senior year of high school in North Carolina that Monji Dolon found out about his murky immigration status.
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.
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.
An undocumented student in Texas takes his life after losing hope of going to college. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
John King, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Heath Shuler discuss the super committee's looming deadline.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
Kate Bolduan reports on debate over the DREAM Act, which would set a pathway to legalization for undocumented youth.
As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Big Business is beginning to panic.
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.
In April 2009, A family spoke out after the suicide of a Marine husband and father.
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.
The nation's biggest banks are sitting out this year's market rally. But credit card companies? That's another story.
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.
A legislative effort to delay and study a new law capping the swipe fees that retailers pay is picking up steam in Congress.
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.
Meet Kevin Fisher, who is leading the fight against a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Soledad O'Brien reports.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks rising gas prices might hamper the country's economic recovery.
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.
Republican leaders called Sunday for immediate and significant cuts in government spending, while Democrats warned such a strategy could harm economic recovery.
Here are some of the most notable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:
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.
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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yanked a pork-laden spending bill Thursday, citing the sudden loss of GOP support.
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.
Commentary: Maya MacGuineas is the director of the fiscal policy program at the New America Foundation.
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.
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.
Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats are postponing a vote tax cuts because they don't have the 60 votes needed to pass it.
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.
Kentucky Tea Party activists say they will influence government by elections and sponsoring conservative candidates.
Senate Democrats this week will push legislation they say will create jobs and discourage companies from shipping jobs overseas.
We watch all the Sunday political shows so you don't have to. The best soundbites from September 26, 2010.
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.
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.
Bank of America's fears about Wall Street reform are giving the whole banking industry a case of the jitters.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Federal officials toured an Illinois prison that could one day house Guantanamo detainees. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.
The first crucial showdown over health care reform by the full Senate could come as early as next Tuesday.
A CNN panel discusses what effect, if any, Bill Clinton's speech to Democrats had on the health care vote in Congress.
Congress will miss President Obama's deadline to enact health care reform by the end of the year, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday.
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.
Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, weigh in on town halls temper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews a CNN panel on what the stimulus means after a tentative agreement on the bill.
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.
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.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his signature is not necessary for the Senate to seat Roland Burris.
CNN's Kaushal Patel asks economist and professor Peter Morici why he thinks auto makers should go into bankruptcy.
As the United States writhes in a collapsing economy, analysts and observers are wondering: Who's skippering the ship?
The daughter of Sen. Dick Durbin died Saturday from a congenital heart condition, the Illinois Democrat's office said.
Close loopholes on foreign oil trading. Limit hedge funds from pouring money into the market. End oil speculation altogether.
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.
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 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."
CNN's Christine Romans reports on a problem that could impact 30% of all mortgages by year's end.
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.
U.S. lawmakers demand answers over the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.
The agency tries to protect its operatives from betrayal by its political overlords. But in doing so, it may instead have imperiled them
Sen. Richard Durbin says it time to end the Iraq war by voting for Democratic version of war appropriation bill.
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
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.
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.
CNN's Jack Cafferty takes e-mails on President Bush's recent comment about Iraq while attending a summit in Australia.
J. Scott Jennings became the latest sacrificial lamb the White House has sent up to answer questions about the U.S. Attorneys firings
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 privilege
Fearing a legislative push from Democrats to "fix" conservative-dominated radio shows, Republicans are starting to fight back
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.
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 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.
Democrats, now freshly in control of Congress, are likely to want to get more oil money into government coffers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Two Democratic senators proposed legislation Thursday that would create an emergency gasoline and jet-fuel reserve.
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.
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.
The following is a letter spearheaded by California Senator Dianne Feinstein and signed by 20 democratic senators.
Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin said Sunday that a new Cabinet-level chief to oversee all U.S. intelligence agencies is unnecessary.
Vice President Dick Durbin? Read on.
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.
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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