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Senator Sorry He Questioned Opponent's Heritage

Mark Kirk's comment Thursday had met with 'thunderous condemnation'

(Newser) - Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized for a comment he made Thursday during a debate with challenger Tammy Duckworth that was met with "thunderous condemnation" around the country, NBC Chicago reports. "I forgot that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," the Hill ... More »

In Tight Race, Ill. Senate Debate Takes an Ugly Turn

Mark Kirk questions Tammy Duckworth's US heritage

(Newser) - Illinois Republican Mark Kirk's chances of keeping his US Senate seat took a hit Thursday night when he made an ugly—and inaccurate—remark about his opponent's heritage during a televised debate. After Democratic US Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and... More »

Pelosi Takes Flak for Not Letting Pregnant Rep Vote

War vet and amputee Tammy Duckworth not given proxy vote

(Newser) - Democrats may have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their House leader this week, but she's taking lots of criticism from within her own party and beyond over one controversial move, reports Roll Call . Pelosi refused to let Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois vote by proxy in the party's leadership... More »

Tammy Duckworth Rips 'Disabled' Vet: 'Shame on You'

Amputee congresswoman angry over breaks given to business for prep school injury

(Newser) - Lost amid the Supreme Court news of yesterday was an epic takedown on Capitol Hill covered by the Military Times and spotted by Gawker . It happened when Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost both her legs and the use of one arm flying a helicopter in Iraq, grilled IRS... More »

Wounded Vet Duckworth: 'I Didn't Lose My Legs in a Bar Fight'

She and others say women already are in combat; critics still hate move

(Newser) - Here's a look at some of the yays and nays regarding the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in combat:
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth: The Illinois congresswoman who lost both her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq praises the move as "long overdue" because it
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What You Should Know About the 113th Congress

Notable faces, facts

(Newser) - The fiscal cliff deal was the last hurrah for the 112th Congress. Now a freshly elected class is coming to Washington, with more than 90 new faces gracing Capitol Hill. Here are some of the notable names and facts you'll want to know:
  • The Rising Star: Politico sees big
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Republicans Retain Control of House

Although Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election

(Newser) - Speaker John Boehner is going to keep his gavel. Republicans are on track to easily retain control of the House, reports Politico . Democrats needed to gain 25 seats to avoid that fate, but they won't even come close. In fact, Republicans might even increase their majority, which stood at... More »

5 Rising Stars Who Could Make Waves at DNC

Fresh faces include Julian Castro's twin and a bevy of women

(Newser) - As the Democrats descend on Charlotte looking for four more years with the unexpected star of the 2004 convention, they're also looking for this convention's rock star. Looking past keynote speaker Julian Castro, Politico rounds up five potential contenders:
  • Joaquin Castro: The Texas state rep is seen as
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Dems Add 10 Women to Convention Slate

Including Eva Longoria, Sandra Fluke, and Lilly Ledbetter

(Newser) - Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria, and the president of Planned Parenthood are among the 10 women Democrats added to their lineup of convention speakers today, in their effort to cast themselves as the most woman-friendly option in November. Also on the list are Lilly Ledbetter (of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act... More »

Joe Walsh Blasts Crippled Iraq Vet for Touting Service

Tammy Duckworth lost both legs in the war

(Newser) - Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh is taking heat today for accusing opponent Tammy Duckworth—who lost both her legs in Iraq—of talking about her military service too much. In a video that started circulating online yesterday, the GOP rep said John McCain had been admirably reluctant to discuss his military... More »

Reid Pressured Blago on Senate Pick

(Newser) - Harry Reid called Rod Blagojevich after the election, but before the governor’s arrest, to discourage him from appointing unelectable candidates to Barack Obama’s Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Senate majority leader sought to put the kibosh on Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Danny Davis, along with... More »

Disabled Vet Nixes New Run for Congress

Despite losing by just 3%, she'll stick with job helping veterans

(Newser) - A decorated disabled Iraq war vet announced she won't launch a second battle for an Illinois congressional seat, despite losing the last election to a Republican by less than 3%. Tammy Duckworth, who lost  her legs in a grenade attack on a helicopter she was co-piloting, said she'll continue her... More »

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