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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy As President Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address - lawmakers and the media are busy picking out corsages. KSWB-TV: “Tomorrow will be date night for Congress, as Republicans and Democrats will sit together for the annual speech.” HLN: “Date night in D.C. ... Kind of like boy/girl, boy/girl, Republican/Democrat.” It’s like prom night on Capitol Hill. And Democratic Senator Mark Udall is the chairman of the prom committee. He’s proposing Democrats and Republicans sit together at the president’s address as a symbol of civility following the shooting rampage in Arizona earlier this month. And lawmakers are playing along -- for the most part, anyway. ABC: SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON: “I don't have a date.” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “Kay, I'm available.” (LAUGHTER) (FLASH) CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: “Senator Conrad, have you picked a date?” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “I just asked Kay.” (LAUGHTER) Fox News: SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “My new Senate Republican colleague from Illinois Mark Kirk and I will sit together. I'm bringing the popcorn and he is bringing a coke with two straws.” By Sunday - more than 50 members of Congress had paired off. And according to a new CNN poll - most Americans like the idea - with 72 percent saying they want to see the mixed seating. The president is set to discuss jobs, the deficit, and the GOP’s health care repeal efforts. But Politico’s Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush are among the commentators who worry - the theatrics of Congressional “date night” could trump substance. “Still, the event offers the president the largest audience he’ll get all year, one that rivals the viewership for the Academy Awards. Obama’s first State of the Union address, last year, drew 48 million viewers...” But in guest commentary for The Washington Post - leadership consultant Carol Kinsey Goman says you can joke about the theatrics - but there’s real potential in this idea. “Congress is right to understand that where they sit sends a signal about their power dynamics and willingness to cooperate... I'm not saying that this symbolic seating arrangement one evening will foster actual, long-term collaboration. But I do think it's at least a scoot in the right direction.” There IS at least one bi-PARTY-san pooper -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s planning to sit where he’s always sat. Wanna see who’s paired off so far? Check out the link in our transcript section. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
28 Jan 2011
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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., returned to the Hill today for the beginning of the 113th Congress, nearly one year after suffering a serious stroke. As his colleagues in the Senate cheered, Kirk climbed the Capitol steps with help from Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and good friend, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
4 Jan 2013
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Last year, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk and barely able to talk. Scott Pelley reports on his dramatic recovery and return to Congress.
4 Jan 2013
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Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year. Though the majority of stroke victims survive, recovery can be a long and difficult process. A year after suffering a stroke, Mark Kirk has returned to the U.S. Senate. Rita Braver shares his story.
7 Jul 2013
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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., took to the floor for the first time in almost two years to voice support for his co-sponsored Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
5 Nov 2013
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Mark Kirk's Top 796,087 reasons he voted FOR bank bailouts!
21 Feb 2010
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Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk makes a special return to the Senate for the first time after suffering a devastating stroke that left him unable to walk. WBBM-TV's Jay Levine reports.
3 Jan 2013
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