Sen. Mark S. Kirk waves to the dozens of members of Congress who lined the Capitol steps to watch him make his way to the chamber for the first time in nearly a year. The Illinois Republican, assisted by Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, left, and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, has been in rehabilitation since suffering a stroke in January 2012.
Sen Mary Landrieu, D-La., poses for a selfie with LSU football fans as she campaigns at tailgate parties on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Buy photo here.