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Sen. Durbin Takes On James O'Keefe

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Durbin called out O'Keefe for his previous antics as well, reminding lawmakers that he had been arrested and convicted on misdemeanor charges in an attempted prank on Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) office.

"Mr. O'Keefe is obviously not worried about breaking a law if he thinks he is going to come up with a sensational video," Durbin said.

Funding for NPR and PBS are under attack from congressional Republicans, many of whom claim that their reporting is biased and that they can survive on private donations. Durbin defended their news programming as balanced.