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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...

Luis Gutierrez Slams Senator's 'Immoral' Call For Criminal Checks On Border Kids

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) slammed a fellow member of Illinois' congressional delegation Friday, saying Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) "should be ashamed o...

June Is Aphasia Awareness Month: Learn About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Laurie Levy

You may have heard of aphasia if you know someone who has had a stroke or brain injury. In public schools, how can we right the wrongs for children who can't even tell us they are happening?

Arthur Delaney

Senate Unemployment Negotiations Descend Into Chaos

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Republicans who Democrats say they're wooing for an unemployment insurance deal said he hasn't heard from Democratic leaders ...

Sam Stein

Hope Is Not Entirely Lost As Senate Dems Alter Game Plan For Unemployment Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stalled in their attempts to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, Senate Democrats are now placing their hopes in the han...

The Illusion of AIPAC's Invincibility

Trita Parsi | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Trita Parsi

The defeat of AIPAC's ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's defeats are rare and seldom public. But in the last year, it has suffered three major public setbacks, of which the sanctions defeat is the most important one.

Obama Officials Warn Jewish Groups Against 'Dangerous' New Iran Sanctions

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Top Obama administration officials spoke in a conference call Wednesday with leaders of American Jewish groups to warn against new Iran sanctions, the...

Dems Signal Willingness To Wait On Key Sanctions

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the Obama administration, Senate Democrats who favor a new batch of sanctions on Iran signaled a willingness t...

Luke Johnson

How The House Republicans Could Accidentally Save Iran Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House may have caught a break on Iran. The administration has been locked in a battle with a group of Senate Democrats who...

Luke Johnson

Iran Sanctions Bill Sponsor Warns Of Munich As Senate Democrats Try To Help Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several top Senate Democrats who support an Iran sanctions bill sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said ...

No Princes, One Pauper

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No members of Illinois' congressional delegation crack OpenSecrets.org's list of wealthiest lawmakers, but one made the Top 25 poorest.

Senator's Friendship With 11-Year-Old Stroke Victim Inspires Others

AP | KERRY LESTER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OAKWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Jackson Cunningham lurches across the gym during a recess game, racing a fellow sixth-grader toward a doorstop tossed onto the ...

Luke Johnson

Obama: 'No Need' For Iran Sanctions

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday rebuked a congressional effort to develop new sanctions for Iran as part of negotiations over the count...

How These Senators Became Friends Across Party Lines

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing pa...

Joshua Hersh

Democratic Senators Buck White House, Threaten To Blow Up Iran Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are threatening to push the United States toward war with Iran, circulating and plann...

Did Pro-Diplomacy Backlash Stop Steny Hoyer From Nixing Obama's Deal to Prevent War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

This all matters because there's a good deal of cynicism outside the Beltway regarding the utility of engagement with Congress now in favor of diplomacy with Iran.

Kirk Has Gallbladder Removed

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sen. Mark Kirk has had his gallbladder removed. The Highland Park Republican's office released a statement saying Kirk exp...

Congressmen Seek Medal For World War II-Era U.S. Spy Agency

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The men and women who spied on Germany and Japan for the U.S. during World War II parachuted behind enemy lines, led guerrilla r...

Senators Crafting Iran Sanctions Bill

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones i...

Holder Promises More Funding To Fight Street Violence

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder announced in Chicago on Monday that the federal government would make more money available to help the n...

Congressional Hardliners vs. Obama on Iran

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Rather than respond positively to Rouhani's election, the U.S. House of Representatives -- just two days before his inauguration in August -- voted by an overwhelming 400-20 margin to impose punitive new sanctions on Iran.

Mark Kirk Speaks On ENDA Support In First Senate Floor Speech Since Stroke

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

On Monday, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) gave his first Senate floor speech since suffering a stroke in January 2012, speaking in support of the Employee No...

Senator Climbs One Of Nation's Tallest Buildings For Charity

Posted 11.04.2013 | Chicago

Almost two years after suffering a debilitating stroke, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk returned to the steps of one of the world's tallest buildings to raise mon...