Illinois' junior Republican Sen. Mark Kirk opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. But the state's senior US Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, has been key in shepherding it through, and that has sparked rumors.
Durbin is Senate Democrats' No. 2. Really, it means he's the minority whip. A job that -- no matter what you think of its merits -- he was successful at when it came to the nuclear agreement.
A lengthy Washington Post article is headlined "How Sen. Durbin spent his summer saving the Iran deal."