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October 28, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: Monday, October 28

Remember that whole situation where Dick Durbin accused a GOP leader of being a jerk to Obama? Durbin admits it didn’t happen, but that a miscommunication led to the gaffe.

Have a friend who owns a pair of Google Glass? You should probably be really nice to him or her over the next few weeks.

Obama doesn’t like leaks. He dislikes them so much, in fact, that his dislike has set a historic precedent.

Soon you’ll need a list to track the best “best college” lists.

Want to make a digital marketer lose their marbles? Send ‘em this article.

20:26 // 10 months ago
October 23, 2013

White House denies events described on Senator’s Facebook page

  • Sunday Sen. Dick Durbin (D) claimed that a member of the House GOP told President Obama that he “cannot even stand to look at [him],” asking his supporters how Democrats could honestly work with such disrespectful people.
  • Wednesday White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Sen. Durbin’s claim, telling a White House reporter that he’d personally spoken with a participant in the meeting referenced by Durbin, and that what the Senator describes “did not happen.” source
17:33 // 10 months ago
December 6, 2012
This may be a moment in Senate history, when a senator made a proposal that, when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, filibustered his own proposal…I don’t think this has ever happened before.
Sen. Dick Durbin, after Mitch McConnell’s latest scheme blew up in his face. McConnell introduced legislation today that would allow the president to unilaterally raise the debt limit, suspecting that Democrats wouldn’t have the guts to vote for it. When it became clear that Democrats did indeed have the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, McConnell filibustered it, preventing its passage. The United States Senate, ladies and gentlemen. source
15:23 // 1 year ago
March 8, 2012
We have reached a point where we do so little and waste so much time that it really does, I’m sure, weigh heavily on us all.
Sen. Dick Durbin • Discussing the snarling issues that have turned the Senate into the most deadlocked part of Congress — an issue emphasized by the fact that, well, nothing gets done. Reuters’ piece on the legislative body notes a number of symbolic “message” votes that never get anywhere (such as a balanced budget amendment and the “Buffett rule”) and a toxic atmosphere which convinced Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire at the end of her term. Can the Senate be saved from itself?
10:21 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2011

Senate goes back-and-forth fighting over debit card fees

  • 44¢ the average cost of debit card interchange fees to merchants; this should make you feel guilty every time you go to 7-Eleven, because that cuts into profit margins heavily
  • 12¢ the limit that the Feds plan to impose upon banking companies about this matter; this is a $16 billion/year business, and banking companies are fighting to protect it source

» A fight that directly affects small businesses: We’ve been to many small businesses in our day that have gone out of their way to avoid using debit cards, specifically for this reason. We’re with them in this case; really high charges for every purchase, even tiny ones, is straight up greedy. Fortunately, a key senator, Dick Durbin, agrees with us: ”Honestly, are we going to stand here and say we can’t protect small businesses across America struggling to survive?” The fight for keeping the fees has bipartisan support; the main guys backing banks in the Senate are Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jon Tester (D-MT). They claim that banks will have to replace the interchange charges with higher fees on consumers. Maybe they should; the benefit to small business as an economic driver makes it worth it.

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11:21 // 3 years ago
March 29, 2011
…it is incumbent upon all Americans who love this nation and the values our Constitution protects to make it clear to defend the civil rights of our Muslim neighbors are as important as the rights of Christians, Jews and non-believers.
Senator Dick Durbin • On his Senate hearings on anti-Muslim discrimination, broadly viewed as a counter-weight to Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radicalized Islam in the House. For what it’s worth, King’s anti-terrorism zeal wasn’t beyond the scope of his responsibility, nor could it not have been handled tastefully as a hearing on terrorism writ large. The standard of tacitly condemning an entire community for the actions of the very few, however, was and is unpleasant, and its given Durbin a chance to shine some light in the other direction. Also, isn’t it cool that non-believers get a shout out, too? The first time we can recall that was during  Obama’s inauguration, and it’s a welcome and overdue addition to the public discourse on faith. source (viafollow)
12:46 // 3 years ago
March 23, 2011

Peter King gets his comeuppance in the Senate

  • action A couple weeks ago, Rep. Peter King attracted controversy by launching a Congressional hearing titled “The Radicalization of American Muslims.”
  • reaction At the behest of Illinois Demcorat Dick Durbin, the Senate will be holding a hearing titled “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims.” source
23:59 // 3 years ago
February 15, 2011
11:08 // 3 years ago