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State Department Slams Last-Minute Push To Sabotage Iran Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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,...

Miller: Aaron Schock Could Have a Bright Career Post-Congressional Resignation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

March 31 was U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's last day in office after resigning from Congress following questions about possibly improper spending. But while the resignation and fall from public favor have been a disappointment for Illinoisans and the national Republican Party, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says Schock could still have better days ahead of him.

GOP Senator Likens Dems' Refusal To Support Anti-Trafficking Bill To Refusal To Abolish Slavery

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Tuesday said Democrats' refusal to pass an anti-human trafficking bill with anti-abortion language was akin to refusing to ...

Chicago Could Wind Up Like Detroit If Rahm Emanuel's Not Re-Elected, Senator Warns

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Chicago must re-elect Rahm Emanuel as mayor, or else the city could collapse into bankruptcy and wind up like Detroit, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) warned ...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Former Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh Claims He's 'Seriously Considering' A Senate Run

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) doesn't appear to be content with fading graciously into obscurity after failing to return to Congress for a second ter...

Senators Warn Of Tough Sanctions If Iran Deal Unacceptable

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic and Republican senators largely responsible for tough sanctions on Iran are warning of more penalties if any deal w...

Ryan Grim

Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When a congressional caucus shrinks, it tends to solidify the politics of the remaining members, as conservative Democrats and moderate ...

Illinois GOP Senator Fundraising Off Possibility Michelle Obama Could Challenge Him

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Though First Lady Michelle Obama will almost certainly not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, that doesn't mean a Republican senator up for re-el...