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SPRINGFIELD | U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk wants to bring an early end to the government bailout of banks and automakers, a program he originally supported.

The Republican from Illinois says the Troubled Asset Relief Program is no longer needed. He says the government would save $16 billion by halting TARP immediately.

Even if no action is taken, the TARP program is supposed to stop accepting new projects next month.

Mr. Kirk, a five-term congressman, supported the program when the U.S. House voted on it two years ago. He said Monday it was needed then but is not needed now.

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias accuses Mr. Kirk of flip-flopping on the bailout.

The two are running for the seat previously held by President Obama.


IG: FBI gave inaccurate info

The Justice Department’s inspector general says the FBI gave inaccurate and misleading statements to Congress and the public about why an agent engaged in surveillance of an antiwar rally in 2002 in Pittsburgh.

Inspector General Glenn A. Fine says the FBI had no basis to expect that anyone of interest in a terrorism investigation would be present at the event ,sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center.

The FBI said otherwise in statements to Congress and in a press release.


Chamber snubs GOP nominee in race

CHARLESTON | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its West Virginia counterpart have endorsed Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin’s bid for U.S. Senate, passing over his GOP opponent.

The national group has largely backed Republicans this election cycle in races around the country.

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