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Mark Kirk

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

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.25.2014 | 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...

Gay Rights Legislation's Prospects Have Both Parties Feeling Upbeat

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates from both parties are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that w...

Joshua Hersh

Four Ways Iran's Hardliners Are Just Like Their Western Counterparts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

The first round of negotiations between Iran and a collection of Western and other interlocutors over the nation's controversial nuclear energy progra...

Obama, Congress At Odds Over Iran Sanctions

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing whether to offer Iran the chance to recoup billions of dollars in frozen o...

GOP Senators Float Clean Debt Ceiling Increase

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

The United States government is expected to hit the debt ceiling in less than two weeks, and Senate Democrats have said they're ready to raise it with...