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    Time to Reconsider Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    “This woman doesn’t belong in prison for 10 years for what I understand she did. That’s just crazy.” So said federal district Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. before sentencing Tonya Drake to a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars. Tonya, a financially desperate single mother, mailed a package that, … More

    The Vitter Amendment on Obamacare: Senate Liberals’ Curious Complaint

    Last week, Senator David Vitter (R–LA) proposed an amendment that would end exemptions for White House political appointees and stop illegal taxpayer subsidies for Congress and staff enrolled in Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges. In other words, political appointees, Members of Congress, and their staffs would receive the same coverage … More

    The Case for Strengthening the GMD Program

    Following the failure of the July 5 intercept test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense system, Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) commented that “this is a system that still hasn’t been proven to be able to protect America.” Durbin added that he does not see the value in allocating … More

    Morning Bell: American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty

    Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert … More

    Fiscal Cliff: Where Are Your Spending Cuts, Mr. President?

    The fiscal cliff debate has centered on talk of raising taxes on high-income Americans. The silence on spending cuts has been deafening. On Monday, as if on cue, came investor Warren Buffett’s rehashed—albeit flat-out wrong—proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy. Even though the Obama Administration has said both sides … More

    Durbin Amendment Damage Grows

    Remember when last September Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) claimed that his contribution to the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statue—“the Durbin Amendment”—would benefit consumers? Well, more evidence has surfaced that his price-control regulation is costing consumers more and more money. According to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research reported by Bloomberg … More

    Blame Dick Durbin for Bank Fees

    Bowing to competitive pressures, Bank of America yesterday scrapped plans to impose a monthly debit card fee. The proposed charge antagonized customers and provoked vitriol from politicians all too eager to deflect blame for the dumb regulations that prompted the fee in the first place. But as much as one … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama and Reid Get Cozy at the White House

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is making his second trip to the White House this week. Today he’ll be joined by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for an afternoon meeting with President Obama on the debt limit among other issues. The Democrats are … More

    DREAMing of Amnesty

    The latest attempt to give millions of illegal aliens amnesty may get a vote in the Senate as early as Wednesday.  FOX News is reporting that there have already been three calls this week by administration officials on behalf of President Obama advocating the DREAM Act being pushed by Senators … More

    School Choice, Chicago Style: Arne Duncan's List of the Rich and Powerful

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, while serving as Chicago Public Schools chief, maintained a list of special requests from politically connected individuals for children to attend the city’s best schools. The information, reported today by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, is the focus of a federal probe and investigation by … More