Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U. S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes.
Kirk, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012 but is eyeing a second term next year in one of the nation's most competitive Senate races, was widely criticized last month after being heard on an open microphone calling South Carolina Sen.
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who is currently commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to take over Oct. 1 for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who will retire after a 41-year Army career.
Dunford is a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14.
During his 18 months in Afghanistan, Dunford oversaw the ongoing drawdown of U.
The 256-170 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed the VA Accountability Act, making it easier to fire or demote employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 16 Democrats and 240 Republicans.
Voting no were 169 Democrats and 1 Republican.
X denotes those not voting.
There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.
Democrats — Sewell, N.
Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.
Republicans — Young, Y.
Democrats — Gallego, N; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, Y; Sinema, Y.
Republicans — Franks, Y; Gosar, Y; McSally, Y; Salmon, Y; Schweikert, Y.
Republicans — Crawford, Y; Hill, Y; Westerman, Y; Womack, Y.
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12-year old Matthew Flores read junk mail just because he likes to read. When mail carrier Ron Lynch found out about that, he made a small gesture to help Matthew that has turned into a viral giving effort.
"Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read," Lynch wrote.