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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized for mocking Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's immigrant background and her family's history of military service.

In a Twitter post Friday, Kirk says: "Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service."

At a U.S. Senate debate Thursday in Springfield, Duckworth spoke of how her family has "served this nation in uniform going back to the Revolution." Kirk responded that he had "forgotten (that her) parents came all of the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."

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The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for the U.S. Senate, arguing that incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is unable to fully do the job after recovering from a stroke.

The newspaper said today  that "due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator."

Kirk spokesman Kevin Artl called it "a low-blow and cheap shot" that's "not based on fact or reality."

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Some observers have said House Speaker Paul Ryan has the worst of both worlds in saying he will not defend Donald Trump, but not rescinding his endorsement following the controversy over a video tape of Trump advocating sexual assault recorded in 2005.

This leaves Ryan open to criticism from Trump supporters and from Democrats seeking to eliminate the GOP majority.

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The two candidates running for Illinois’s U-S Senate seat are criticizing their own political party’s nominees for president.

Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth had their first debate at the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

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A published report is questioning the accounts Illinois' top U.S. Senate candidates have given about their whereabouts during the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Chicago Tribune reports  Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he was in a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld learned a second plane had hit the twin towers. But Rumsfeld was in a different meeting when he heard about the second attack.

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U. S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says recent remarks by her Republican opponent are "beyond the pale."

Congresswoman Duckworth, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican U. S. Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk recently said President Obama was acting "like the drug dealer in chief" by authorizing a $400 million payment to Iran.

The Obama administration says it was leverage, as the U-S worked to get American prisoners released.  But Republican critics like Kirk say it's akin to paying ransom. Tuesday, Duckworth and other Democrats called for Kirk to apologize.

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's campaign says she raised a record $2.7 million in the most recent quarter for her closely watched bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. 

The Illinois Democrat enters the contest's final months with $5.5 million cash on hand.  Kirk's campaign hasn't released his fundraising totals for the three-month period that ended June 30. 

Democrats see Illinois as one of the party's best opportunities to pick up a seat and potentially retake the Senate in November. 

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has broken with fellow Republicans by saying he ``looks forward'' to President Barack Obama nominating a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Kirk says the constitution gives the president, Republican or Democrat, the right to send a nominee to the Senate.

He says he swore an oath to uphold the constitution, "not to a party or any one individual." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans say the next president should choose Scalia's successor.  

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Three Democratic contenders aiming to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois are pressing him to take a definitive position on who should choose a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.