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Mark Kirk's Supporters Are Using A Fake Minimum Wage Petition To Get Him On The Ballot

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Applegate, a staff member for Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) Senate campaign, was walking around at the Columbus Day parade...

More Trouble for Mark Kirk

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Senator Mark Kirk is in trouble. He has committing the cardinal sin of politics: selling yourself to voters as one thing and becoming something else when you get into office.

Ever Wonder What Illinois' Most Powerful Politicians Would Look Like as Zombies?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you're a fan of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," you know living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with decaying, flesh-hungry zombies -- or wa...

Mark Kirk's Campaign Pre-Emptively Bashes Chicago Tribune Ahead Of Negative Story

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.26.2015 | Media

Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign aggressively pushed back Friday against allegations the Illinois Republican verbally and physically abused staff, two...

Poll: Duckworth Lead Over Kirk Shrivels

David Ormsby | Posted 09.20.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Thursday, Duckworth's campaign fired off a fundraising email to supporters bragging about a new poll showing her leading Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk by four-points.

The Iran Deal, Munich and Lessons From Versailles

Michael Zucker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

July's Iran nuclear deal stands as one of the most significant foreign policy achievements of this or any recent administration. It rejects a Munich replication and builds on the lessons of Versailles while eliminating many of its pitfalls.

When Ideology Trumps National Interests

Ali Fatemi | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Ali Fatemi

Oddly enough, Senator Kirk and his party find themselves on the same side as the Iranian hardliners who denounced the deal as a sell-out of their national interests. Senator Kirk probably knows better than that. Is it possible that his ideology is preventing him from putting our national interest at the forefront?

Jessica Schulberg

The Self-Promoting Iran Hawk Too Extreme For AIPAC, And His Campaign To Kill The Nuclear Deal | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late last year, Morton Klein sat in on an off-the-record conference call hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where mo...

Jessica Schulberg

State Department Slams Last-Minute Push To Sabotage Iran Deal | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s two leading Iran hawks are pushing for legislation that would extend sanctions against Iran for 10 years, despite repeate...

A Senator's Turn Against Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.

Mark Kirk Apologizes For Saying Lindsey Graham Is A 'Bro With No Ho'

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) apologized on Monday for calling his colleague Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a “bro with no ho” last week. Five days of news ...

Audio: 'Bro with no ho' and 4 Other Sen. Mark Kirk Blunders

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Though his "bro with no ho" comment is the most recent uncomfortable remark made by Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois, the lawmaker is no stranger to political gaffes.

Friday Talking Points -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What 'Family Values' Should Mean

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham Is A 'Bro With No Ho,' According To Mark Kirk | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a “bro with no ho,” according to his colleague, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). The assessment of Graham...

Zach Carter

Wall Street's Revolving Door Spins Again In Congress | Zach Carter | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If at first you don't succeed, turn, turn again. The revolving door in the nation's capital took another spin last week, when Sen. Mark ...

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Push Iran Sanctions Extension Ahead Of Nuclear Deal Deadline | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a month before the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) filed an ame...

Much More Is Needed From Iran Hawks To Oppose A Nuclear Deal

Ryan Costello | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Senate hawks like Lindsey Graham and Mark Kirk do not like diplomacy with Iran. Graham has repeatedly threatened war with Iran, whereas Kirk prefers to starve the Iranian people. Yet, given that most Americans do not want another military adventure in the Middle East, the hawks are pivoting.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Rallies Supreme Court Crowd For Marriage Equality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was a lonely Republican voice outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, looking over the crowd waving rainbow flags an...

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily decreased since it peaked in 2007 at $17.09 million, the average net worth of House members has been on the rise after it fell briefly to $4.66 million in 2008.

Sam Stein

Mark Kirk Says People Drive Faster Through Black Neighborhoods | Sam Stein | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a little-noticed interview last week, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) described African-American neighborhoods as areas that people in his st...

Sunday Roudup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the framework of a deal on curbing Iran's nuclear capabilities was announced. Existing stockpiles of enriched uranium will be reduced by 97 percent, centrifuges by two-thirds, along with what President Obama called a "robust and intrusive" inspection regime -- if adhered to, the deal would make a bomb impossible for at least 10 years. "It will make our country, our allies and our world safer," said Obama. In short, a tentative victory for all. Except, of course, those cheerleaders of the disastrous Iraq War pining to launch a sequel. Speaker Boehner vowed to ask "tough questions" -- something Congress failed to do 12 years ago in the run up to Shock and Awe. And Sen. Mark Kirk has already trotted out the Iraq playbook, predicting this is "going to end with a mushroom cloud somewhere near Tehran." But at least this time around we have a much clearer picture of what listening to cynical references to mushroom clouds can lead to.

Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Steadfast On Passing Iran Bill Despite Obama's Plea To Stand Down | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing in the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce the framework of a historic deal on Iran's nuclear program, President Barack Obama ...

Jessica Schulberg

Limited Progress On Iran Talks Unlikely To Impress Even Senate Democrats | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an anti-climactic response to a March 31 deadline for reaching a political framework on the Iran nuclear deal, negotiators from Iran,...