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Obama, Biden Endorse Tammy Duckworth For Senate

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for Senate on Wednesday. "I'm proud to suppor...

A 'Protest' Against Tammy Duckworth May Not Have Been Real

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was greeted by a few dozen African-American protesters outside a Monday gathering in Chicago. They held up...

Duckworth Launches 112-Day Campaign To Tie Kirk To Trump

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Here are a few facts about Mark Kirk's election to the U.S. Senate in 2010: He defeated Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by a slim margin...

To Counter Trumpism, Let's Press the Senate to Confirm Judge Garland

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The dominant view in national media is that there's no way that we can compel the Senate to vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. But this is the same national media that told us there was no way we could stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

Friday Talking Points -- Deconstructing GOP Absurdity

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The basic Republican position isn't that hard to understand. It is: "We are going to deny Barack Obama a third Supreme Court pick, unless Hillary Clinton wins the presidency." That is precisely what some of them believe.

GOP Senator: We Should 'Man Up And Cast A Vote' On Obama's Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said Friday that his party needs to "just man up and cast a vote" on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomi...

Panic Has A Way Of Softening 2016 Republicans On Obama's Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee cite various principles for the obstruction, but there may be a...

Tammy Duckworth Wins Illinois Democratic Senate Primary

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) won Illinois' Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected. Duckworth, who represents Illinois' ...

GOP Attacks Democrat Who Lost Both Legs In Iraq For 'Not Standing' For Vets

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A GOP effort to jab Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is currently running for Senate, backfired spectacularly on Tuesday when the Nati...

Mark Kirk Splits From GOP Over SCOTUS Pick

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.23.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Monday broke ranks with Republican leaders by saying he recognizes President Barack Obama's right to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and that the GOP-controlled Senate should consider the nominee.

GOP Senator Says He Has A Duty To Consider Obama's Supreme Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the most at-risk GOP incumbents this cycle, has broken with his party and said he's open to considering ...

Illinois' Members of Congress React to Obama's Executive Actions on Firearms

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.06.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

President Barack Obama's proposed executive actions on gun violence were met with mixed reactions from Illinois politicians on Tuesday. Unsurprisingly...

Illinois' Richest and Poorest Members of Congress in 2014

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.03.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2014, the average net worth of Illinois' members of Congress was $2.16 million, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Responsive Politic...

U.S. Enters Paris Climate Talks in Position of Strength and Leadership

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 11.30.2016 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

In recent weeks, we saw that some Republican leaders in Congress continue to resist this global momentum to clean up dangerous pollution and protect future generations from destructive climate change. They tried again to undermine U.S. leadership before Thanksgiving, and once again they failed.

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

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

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

More Trouble for Mark Kirk

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.04.2016 | 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 days...

Poll: Duckworth Lead Over Kirk Shrivels

David Ormsby | Posted 09.20.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 07.21.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 ...