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  • Is Dick Durbin a Racist?

    02/26/2009 4:57:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 607+ views
    Let's take Attorney General Holder up on his advice. No cowards needed in discussing race. Got it. So. The Democrats' Illinois Senator Dick Durbin refused to vote to oust a white president from office when, as the whole world knew, said president had lied about his role in the federal crime of sexual harassment. Yet when a black U.S. Senator, Durbin's Illinois colleague Roland Burris, is accused -- with as yet unproven allegations -- of lying to the Illinois House of Representatives, Durbin wants said black Senator's resignation post-haste. Well now. Isn't that white of him. And where, pray tell,...
  • No Stimulus Without Burris

    02/15/2009 11:07:38 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 1,740+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2/14/09 | Michael Thompson
    A twist of this story is that while Senate Democrats initially tried to fight Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris, they needed Burris' vote to pass the $789 billion economic stimulus package with a filibuster-proof minimum threshhold of 60 votes. As it was, the Democrats needed to call Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown back to Washington from Brown's home state, where he was attending his mother's wake, of all things. The next option would have been to try to pull Teddy Kennedy from his sick bed. In other words, Rod Blagojevich apparently was one of the key actors for passage of...
  • Obama says Illinois 'ready to move forward' after Blagojevich

    02/12/2009 11:27:01 PM PST · by malkee · 13 replies · 1,191+ views
    THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Bernard Schoenburg
    Illinois is “ready to move forward” after the removal from office of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, President Barack Obama said in an interview with The State Journal-Register Thursday. Obama, talking with a reporter by phone after an appearance in Peoria, said he was distressed by the nature of the allegations made against Blagojevich. “But I think Illinois at this point’s ready to move forward,” the president said. ~snip~ Obama also defended Illinois against allegations that the state has a track record for corruption. “You can paint with too broad a brush,” the president said. “This is a state that’s produced unbelievable...
  • NBC: Patrick Fitzgerald Stays!

    02/11/2009 2:32:45 AM PST · by malkee · 42 replies · 1,199+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Pete Williams
    From NBC's Pete Williams Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago who brought criminal fraud charges against Rod Blagojevich, will be staying in his job in the Obama administration, even though he was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush. U.S. attorneys are political appointees. The normal practice, when there's a change of political parties in the White House, is for the incoming administration to replace all 93 U.S. attorneys with appointees from the new president's party. For now, the Obama administration has asked the current Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys to remain in their posts while it considers how...
  • Blagojevich on FOX's Hannity show Wednesday

    02/11/2009 1:59:33 AM PST · by malkee · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Feb. 10 2009 | Lynn Sweet
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done interviews with Diane Sawyer, Meredith Vieira, Barbara Walters and even David Letterman. But one of the more lively exchanges may come Wednesday evening when Gov. Blagojevich takes questions from conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, Blagojevich's publicist Glenn Selig of the publicity/PR firm The Publicity Agency (http://www.thepublicityagency.com) said today. Gov. Blagojevich is in the midst of an aggressive media campaign to assert his innocence in light of allegations that he tried to sell the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he was elected president. Blagojevich was removed from office less than two weeks...
  • My Best Friend Blago

    02/07/2009 11:49:39 PM PST · by malkee · 10 replies · 1,551+ views
    Men' Journal ^ | Feb 5 2009 | By Bill Powell
    used to go yo-hoing with the most disgraced politician in America.
  • Crazy Like A Fox--The Method Behind Blago's PR Madness

    02/04/2009 11:20:45 PM PST · by malkee · 36 replies · 2,164+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Feb. 5, 2009 | Jacob Gershman
    "New York is fantastic," a pumped-up Rod Blagojevich said after strolling his way back to the luxurious Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, hours after appearing on David Letterman. "Walking down the street here in Manhattan, cab drivers are honking, guys in cars are shouting support, 'Keep it up! Keep fighting!'" You have to hand to it Rod Blagojevich. For someone who's supposedly the most cuckoo and crooked man in politics, he's assembled quite a fan club. "I must say the guy is growing on me," said Dennis Miller on Fox News. "I...
  • Blagojevich to visit David Letterman's 'Late Show'

    02/02/2009 11:21:19 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 906+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb.2 2009 | Phil Rosenthal
    Rod Blagojevich, less than a week removed from his removal as governor of Illinois, is booked to visit CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday night. The Illinois senate on Thursday voted 59-0 to remove Blagojevich from office. Arrested in December by federal agents, Blagojevich has been accused by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald of trying to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Preseident Barack Obama, among other crimes. Blagojevich's "Late Show" appearance, set for 10:35 p.m. Tuesday on WBBM-Ch. 2, is being promoted by CBS as the former governor's first late-night talk-show visit since his...
  • These running shoes were made for talking

    01/29/2009 10:32:43 PM PST · by malkee · 12 replies · 867+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-29-09 | John Kass
    On his first day as a private citizen, now unemployed and with a federal indictment bearing down on him, Rod Blagojevich should stick to his routine, put on his track suit and go for a run. He usually runs 5 miles at a brisk pace, but the new route I'm proposing would take about 8 miles. He's in shape for it, and he's got the time. From his Northwest Side home he should run south on Ashland, to Lincoln Avenue, and head southeast on his way downtown. His wife, Patti, can drive the car and meet him there with a...
  • Rod Blagojevich defends himself at his impeachment trial

    01/29/2009 11:10:55 AM PST · by malkee · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 29, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
    Alternately praising and upbraiding those who will decide his political fate, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today urged the Illinois Senate not to remove him from office, saying he has "done absolutely nothing wrong" and "never, ever intended to violate the law." "There hasn't been a single piece of information that proves any wrongdoing," Blagojevich said to senators who were mostly stoic. "How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?" The governor's dramatic, 47-minute closing argument unfolded as the Senate prepares to take a historic vote on whether to make Blagojevich the first Illinois governor dumped...
  • Defusing the Rahm Bomb

    01/29/2009 12:37:21 AM PST · by malkee · 31 replies · 1,633+ views
    Humanevents.com ^ | Jan. 29 2009 | Fran Coombs
    So maybe the time Rodney King was hoping for has arrived at last. Maybe now we all can just get along. Witness The New Rahm in action. Obama at a meeting earlier in January with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others complained to Emanuel about his tendency to loudly crack his knuckles. “At which point,” The Times reported, “Mr. Emanuel held the offending knuckle up to Mr. Obama’s left ear and, like an annoying little brother, snapped off a few special cracks.” Now all questions aside about the propriety of doing that to anyone, much less the President of the...
  • What should Blagojevich tell his daughters?

    01/28/2009 11:24:52 PM PST · by malkee · 19 replies · 621+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan.28, 2009 | Mary Schmich
    A man's children are his highest court. Even Rod Blagojevich, the strange and tragicomic governor of Illinois, seems to know this. Being condemned by your children, failing in their eyes, is the greatest fall from power. "I'll fight to the very end, first and foremost, and most importantly," Blagojevich said on "Larry King Live" the other night, "because my children need to know that their father is not the person that some of these people are trying to say that I am." "These people" is almost everybody in Illinois these days. Blagojevich, these people say, is a criminal. A clown....
  • Hair makes a statement, but Blago's mop might be lying

    01/28/2009 11:06:49 PM PST · by malkee · 484+ views
    Chicago Daily Herald ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | By Burt Constable
    Coy Rod Blagojevich is all shucks and grins about doing his Richard Nixon "I am not a crook" impression on TV when "The View" co-host Joy Behar playfully reaches out and tousles the guv's hair. Uh-oh. I expect Blago's smile to vanish, his hair to start swirling and Behar's face to melt as if she were a Nazi in that first Indiana Jones movie. But Behar is still there. She doesn't even appear to have a hangover from satisfying that thirst to run her fingers through a little hair of the Rod. With all the seriousness of Blagojevich's impeachment hearing...
  • Blago wants to speak at trial

    01/28/2009 1:20:19 PM PST · by malkee · 32 replies · 1,409+ views
    chicagobusiness.com ^ | Jan 28, 2009 | AP
    (AP) — The president of the Illinois Senate says Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to make a statement at his impeachment trial. President John Cullerton told Senators Wednesday that the governor has asked to offer a closing statement at the trial on Thursday. Cullerton says Blagojevich is not asking to testify, which would involve answering questions from senators. Cullerton recommended that the Senate allow Blagojevich to speak. That view was supported by the Senate's top Republican, Christine Radogno. Blagojevich has refused to take part in the trial so far. He has said its rules are unfair and he's done nothing wrong.
  • Who should play Blago in the movie?

    01/27/2009 6:27:08 PM PST · by malkee · 111 replies · 1,911+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | JAN. 28, 2008
    I'm not sure if this is exactly funny. I guess you could call it interesting. Maybe we could take votes on who should play Blago. I'm still feeling sorry for him after watching more of today's video interviews. That's a bad sign. Who Should Play Blago?
  • The Unjust and Unconstitutional Trial of Rod Blagojevich

    01/25/2009 7:06:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 1,113+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-25-09 | William A. Jacobson
    On Monday, January 26, 2009, the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins. Nominally, the trial will be held by the Illinois Senate with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding. In reality, this case is, and always has been, under the control of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. The impeachment process started just days after Fitzgerald held his now famous press conference on December 9, 2008, in which Fitzgerald announced that Blagojevich was guilty of various crimes while in office, most spectacularly the attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. The charge was made in a...
  • Blago on "The View"

    01/26/2009 10:44:05 PM PST · by malkee · 42 replies · 2,219+ views
    The View via You Tube ^ | 01-27-09 | malkee(vanity)
    Perhaps it's just the female in me, but am I the only one who is beginning to feel sorry for Rod Blagojevich. Check him out on the View Monday. Apparently McCain isn't the only one Joy Behar wants to "have fun" with. I think he has totally lost any grip on reality, and needs medical attention.
  • Ill. gov's atty to resign from criminal case

    01/23/2009 3:10:39 PM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies · 1,902+ views
    AP via WLS the Big 89 ^ | 1/23/2009 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney said Friday that he plans to resign from the impeached governor's criminal case. "I have practiced law for 44 years. I never require a client to do what I say, but I do require clients to listen to what I say," Genson told reporters. "I intend to withdraw as counsel in this case."
  • Jarrett to attend World Economic Forum

    01/25/2009 5:48:10 PM PST · by milwguy · 13 replies · 1,508+ views
    upi ^ | 1/24/2009 | upi
    Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on behalf of the Obama administration, officials said. The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported Saturday that the five-day, invitation-only forum draws leading business leaders from around the world. White House National Security Adviser James Jones and economic adviser Lawrence Summers had been planning to attend, but will remain in Washington to attend to domestic issues. "Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president who is in touch each day with elected officials, business and community leaders across the nation about the economic challenges they face, will...
  • Despite defense in court of public opinion, Gov. Rod Blagojevich likely to be ousted

    01/24/2009 11:28:56 PM PST · by malkee · 27 replies · 1,512+ views
    Chicago Tribu ne ^ | Jan. 24, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Stacy St. Clair
    Blagojevich's office on Friday also released copies of dozens of federal subpoenas that underscored the sweeping nature of the prosecution's longtime criminal investigation of an administration built on a pledge of reform. One subpoena issued a day before Blagojevich's Dec. 9 arrest seeks records of any correspondence with top Obama advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, while others seek documents involving state hiring, bidding and contracts as well as information about the real estate business run by the governor's wife, Patricia. On Monday at noon, the ornate chandelier-framed chambers of the Illinois Senate will provide the setting for the impeachment...