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After a month of eluding questions, Mr. Kirk offered the mea culpa at his first news conference since reports surfaced about his false claims, including a prestigious award that he didn’t win.

“I have made mistakes concerning certain aspects of my accomplishments and experience and I apologize for those mistakes and I pledge to correct those errors,” Mr. Kirk told supporters and reporters at a suburban Chicago hotel.

Mr. Kirk, a five-term congressman from Chicago’s northern suburbs, is locked in a tight race with Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose own campaign has been crippled by his ties to his family’s troubled bank.


Christie seeks tax limit in special session

TRENTON, N.J. | Republican Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special session of the New Jersey Legislature Thursday, seeking to force lawmakers to consider his proposed constitutional amendment limiting property tax increases to 2.5 percent per year.

Mr. Christie needs their approval to put the measure on the ballot in November’s election. The Democratic majority on Monday passed a bill to cap tax hikes at 2.9 percent.

The Republican governor objects to that approach because it includes more exceptions and a law can be changed more easily than a constitutional amendment.

New Jersey has the nation’s highest average property tax bill - nearly $7,300.


New cash for Paul from Web blitz

FRANKFORT, Ky. | Rand Paul, a political outsider who largely financed his Senate primary race with Internet donations, has banked $172,000 in his first Web-based fundraiser of the general election season.

The Republican received contributions Monday from more than 2,000 people over a 24-hour period. Campaign manager Jesse Benton said the average donation was less than $90.

The showing was far from Mr. Paul’s best since he entered the race last year. He had raised more than $1.2 million in a series of Web-based fundraisers during the GOP primary. The largest of the three, held in August, netted more than $400,000 in a 24-hour period.

Mr. Paul faces Democrat Jack Conway in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning. Mr. Conway is Kentucky’s attorney general.

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