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Report: Iran close to having enough material for a nuclear device

Report: Iran close to having enough material for a nuclear device

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear device in as little time as a month, a top U.S. nuclear expert said.

B. Todd Jones wins Senate approval as next ATF chief

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate avoided a filibuster Wednesday and voted to confirm B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Perez nomination as labor secretary advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-40 to end debate on the nomination of Thomas Perez, clearing the way for his confirmation as secretary of labor.

Senate committee OKs ban on LGBT workplace discrimination

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Wednesday voted in favor of a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the third Republican senator to do so.
The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

Debate finally began on the U.S. Senate floor last week on the bipartisan immigration reform bill seen as the best opportunity on a while – or for a while – to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Pat Brady resigns as Illinois GOP head

CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) -- Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, announced his resignation Tuesday after publicly supporting gay marriage legislation.

Sen. Kirk makes first official public appearance since stroke

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., waylaid by a serious stroke, Friday made his first official public appearance, taking reporters' queries at an Illinois charter school.
U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday the Senate vote to kill a bill expanding gun sale background checks was "shameful," but it was "just round 1" of the fight.
GOP not backing down on gun bill

GOP not backing down on gun bill

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers indicated they would keep opposing gun-control legislation in the U.S. Senate after a potential GOP filibuster was thwarted Thursday.
Deal reached on gun background checks

Deal reached on gun background checks

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced Wednesday they have agreed on a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases to all commercial sales.
Background-check deal said getting close

Background-check deal said getting close

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- A bipartisan deal to expand gun-purchase background checks looks promising, U.S. Senate aides said, as the White House began a strong gun-control push Monday.
The Issue: Same-sex marriage support more vocal, more widespread

The Issue: Same-sex marriage support more vocal, more widespread

Same-sex marriage is garnering new-found, or at least more publicized, acceptance across the United States, cutting across political and philosophical lines as the idea of two people of the same sex in a committed relationship isn't as off-putting as it was, say, a year ago.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

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GOP Sen. Kirk in favor of gay marriage

GOP Sen. Kirk in favor of gay marriage

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Two U.S. senators said Tuesday they favor gay marriage -- Mark Kirk of Illinois, just the second Republican solon to do so, and Democrat Tom Carper of Delaware.
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Marchers gather outside of a City Club of Chicago luncheon to protest the immigration stance of Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on April 15, 2009 in Chicago. Kirk is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Roland Burris in 2010. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Kirk was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He remains a member of the Navy Reserve, now holding the rank of Commander.

Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and he began a six-year Senate term beginning in 2011.

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