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Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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By Kim Vatis, BJ Lutz
      

Duckworth, Calif. Rep Attack Walsh on Abortion

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who once told her Congressional colleagues about her painful need for an abortion, said she fears women's health is at risk with Republicans in office. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Duckworth Won't Pull "Deadbeat Dad" Ads

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth says she has no intention of pulling ads that paint her opponent, Rep. Joe Walsh, as a deadbeat dad who can't manage his finances. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

In a press conference after Thursday night's debate with opponent Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Joe Walsh shows off what he learned at the Todd Akin School of Gynecological Medicine. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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By Associated Press, BJ Lutz

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

A fourth debate between candidates in one of the country's most-watched congressional races Thursday night saw Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh occasionally interrupt one another... Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Walsh: Vote Republican or Lose Your Job

Walsh: Vote Republican or Lose Your Job

Rep. Joe Walsh last weekend told business owners last weekend that if there were ever a year where they needed to "energize" their employees for the election, it's this year. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Walsh, Duckworth Clash on Lawsuit

Walsh, Duckworth Clash on Lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed by Christine Butler and Denise Goins, alleges Duckworth and the facility's acting director, Patricia Simms, violated ethics and inflicted emotional distress in a job review. The two workers... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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By Dick Johnson, Associated Press
      

Walsh, Duckworth Go On Attack in Third Debate

Debate in one of the most-watched congressional races devolved into name calling as Walsh labeled Duckworth a "failed bureaucrat" and she called him a tea party servant. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth Has 14-Point Lead Over Walsh

Duckworth Has 14-Point Lead Over Walsh

Tammy Duckworth leads Rep. Joe Walsh, 52-38, in their race for the 8th Congressional District. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Walsh Gives Away Trip to California -- to See Duckworth

Walsh Gives Away Trip to California -- to See Duckworth

To criticize his opponent for spending time and raising money outside Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh is giving a GOP donor a free trip to hear her speak in California. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Walsh On Muslim Who Allegedly Tried To Bomb Bar: I Told You So

Opinion: Walsh On Muslim Who Allegedly Tried To Bomb Bar: I Told You So

Rep. Joe Walsh says an 18-year-old Hillside Muslim's attempt to blow up a Chicago bar proves that radical Islam in plotting to kill Americans. Read »

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