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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin faces re-election challenge from GOP state senator

(Reuters) – Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis, who owns a dairy business, has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois, according to WGN-TV. Oberweis, 67, will take on veteran U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, in November. Oberweis won the nomination against businessman Doug Truax, 43. (Reporting by…

Holder denounces anti-Muslim FBI training

WASHINGTON — US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday told lawmakers that FBI counterterrorism training that painted practicing US Muslims as likely extremist sympathizers was “flat-out wrong” and dangerous. “That can really undermine the really substantial outreach efforts that we have made and really have a negative impact on our…

Sen. Dick Durbin: Koch brothers spearheading voter suppression effort

At the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration in Chicago, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but warned that other civil rights issues needed to be addressed. “At the top of our list of priorities is protecting the right…

Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years. Sources told the Associated Press that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend the provisions before May 27, when they are…

Activists on Facebook need protection: senator

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook has become an important tool for democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseudonyms, a US senator said Thursday. “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again highlighted the significant costs and benefits of…

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