Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids
April 14th, 2014
02:52 PM ET
6 months ago

Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids

Washington (CNN) - Redeploying a major argument from the battle over traditional cigarettes, a dozen Democratic members of Congress released a report on Monday concluding that electronic cigarettes “aggressively (promote) their products by using techniques and venues that appeal to youth” and should be strictly regulated like the non-electronic versions.

“E-cigarette manufactures don’t have to play by the same rules (as traditional cigarette makers),” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, one of the leaders behind the investigation.

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Filed under: Congress • Dick Durbin • Henry Waxman
Sunday Chatter: Putin’s advances causing alarm; frustration with Malaysian government
March 23rd, 2014
03:19 PM ET
7 months ago

Sunday Chatter: Putin’s advances causing alarm; frustration with Malaysian government

For another week, the Sunday political talk shows focused on the missing Malaysian plane and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Kelly Ayotte • Mike Rogers • President Obama • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
March 16th, 2014
04:24 PM ET
7 months ago

Sunday Chatter: Putin, 2014 and the missing Malaysian airplane

Two international events filled the Sunday political talk shows: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move in Crimea and Ukraine and the mystery surrounding the bizarre and puzzling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Dick Durbin • Jeff Flake • John McCain • Mike Rogers • Peter King • Reince Priebus • Ukraine • Uncategorized • Vladimir Putin
March 15th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
7 months ago

McCain calls U.S. military support for Ukraine "right and decent"

(CNN) - Speaking in Kiev, Sen. John McCain called Saturday for the United States to provide long-term military assistance to Ukraine, saying it is "the right and decent thing to do," as reports surfaced that Russian troops had traveled farther north into Ukraine from Crimea.

McCain was part of a bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators who traveled to Kiev ahead of Sunday's secession referendum in Crimea. The White House and U.S. allies in Europe have denounced the referendum as unconstitutional and illegal because Russian troops have essentially taken over the southern Ukraine peninsula.

McCain also had strong words for President Barack Obama in an op-ed appearing in The New York Times. He called for the President to take actions to restore the United States' credibility and strength around the world.
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • Dick Durbin • John Kerry • John McCain • Russia • Ukraine
March 2nd, 2014
04:06 PM ET
8 months ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama budget 'guts our defense'

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Obama administration's proposed budget "guts our defense" and ignores the need for military preparation for future conflicts.

The South Carolina Republican told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that if the United States were to need to take immediate military action in an international conflict, that situation would drain defense resources.

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Sunday chatter: Make Putin take notice
March 2nd, 2014
03:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Sunday chatter: Make Putin take notice

(CNN) - Russia’s escalation in Ukraine dominated the political talk shows Sunday morning. American politicians and Obama administration officials are calling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deployment of troops to the Russian-friendly Crimean peninsula the latest provocation in a troubling series of events.

It’s also the latest foreign policy challenge facing President Barack Obama, whose tenure has been plagued by international crises ranging from two wars, an unruly North Korea and uprisings in the Middle East.

If you missed any of the Sunday chatter, we've got you covered:

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March 2nd, 2014
11:26 AM ET
8 months ago

Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin

(CNN) – As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, with Russian troops moving into the Crimean peninsula on Saturday, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for decisive action against Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the violence in the region and respect Ukraine's independence.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Sens. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, made the case for congressional sanctions and a suspension of Russian membership in the G8 and G20.

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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Lindsey Graham • Russia • TV-State of the Union • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Durbin: Unemployment benefits won't make or break budget deal
December 8th, 2013
05:26 PM ET
11 months ago

Durbin: Unemployment benefits won't make or break budget deal

(CNN) - The second-ranking Senate Democrat said Sunday that extending unemployment benefits won't necessarily be a sticking point for his party in budget negotiations, though he hopes they are included.

"No, I don't think we've reached that point where we've said this is it - take it or leave it," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said on ABC's "The Week" when asked if his party would demand the extension of jobless benefits be included budget talks.
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Filed under: Budget • Dick Durbin • Rob Portman
White House denies GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’
October 23rd, 2013
07:36 PM ET
1 year ago

White House denies GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’

(CNN) - The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.

“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • GOP • President Obama • White House
Talking seen as 'breakthrough' on Capitol Hill
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois
October 13th, 2013
11:20 AM ET
1 year ago

Talking seen as 'breakthrough' on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) - The bar seems to be set pretty low on Capitol Hill, as one top lawmaker says just having Democrats and Republicans talking is a “breakthrough” - even though the two sides don’t have a deal in the midst of a multifaceted budget crisis.

Talks both on ending the government shutdown and on avoiding the debt ceiling have shifted to the Senate, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with other top senators, began discussions on Saturday.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Government Shutdown • Rob Portman
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