- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plead not guilty to 16 federal criminal counts today, saying, "Black care never catches a rider whose pace is fast enough." — New York Times
- Use condoms or make Hitler? — The XX File
- Interracial smooch photo on St. Louis Post-Dispatch magazine causes a controversy. — Gawker
- You're born with your personality so stop trying to change it. — LemonDrop
- Why bathroom breaks before going on national TV are important. — GiggleSugar
- Facebook makes your grades drop! — geeksugar
- A man suspected of shooting a pastor to death yesterday during mass will be charged by authorities soon. Police say the pastor first deflected bullets with a Bible. — MSNBC
- President Obama plans to lift President Bush's ban on stem cell research today, pledging to take politics out of science. — Reuters
- Economist Paul Krugman says the Obama Administration's economic policies are already falling behind the curve. — New York Times
- North Korea has promised retaliation if its satellite launch is blocked by South Korea and the US. — Voice of America
- Joseph Fritzl, the Austrian father who imprisoned his daughter in the basement for 24 years, plans on writing a memoir. His trial begins next week. — The Times of London
- Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is gearing up for his 2010 election bid. — Wonkette
- Lobbyist Vicki Iseman speaks out, says she did not have an affair with John McCain. — Huffington Post
- World's first Jackie Chan museum opening in Shanghai. — Shanghaiist
- Model sues after runway slip. — Lemondrop
- Newt Gingrich is back with new NYT magazine profile. — Town Hall
- CIA destroyed 100 terror interrogation tapes. — Huffington Post
The Land of Lincoln is now proudly the Land of Obama. The state is selling specialty license plates dedicated to the 44th president and donning his face. Proceeds from the $50 plate go to the Illinois Library Association.
IL Senate Votes 59-0 to Remove Blagojevich From Office The IL Senate has ousted Rod Blagojevich from office today for abuse of power. The state Senate voted 59-0 to convict the now former governor, ending the impeachment trial.0 Comments
- Senator Oprah: On Good Morning America, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich said he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to Obama's Senate seat. —Talking Points Memo
- President Obama: A look back at his first week. — Huffington Post
- Education: Making the grade? Take a look at how countries rank in math and science test scores. — Good
- Biden: John Stewart introduces us to a face we may see a lot of: Obama's STFU face. — GiggleSugar
- Bailout: CitiBank gets bailout, buys $50 million jet. —Townhall
We've all heard the tale by now: Illinois’s governor Roland Burris was appointed to replace President-elect Barack Obama as a US Senator, only he was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was recently arrested by federal agents and accused of trying to sell the seat to raise campaign money. While most critics admit Burris is qualified, Democratic party leaders said they wouldn’t recognize anybody Blagojevich named.
Burris went on The Early Show yesterday and dismissed his critics, saying his appointment was valid and even showed up for the Senate later in the day, only to be refused. He then announced he was rejected for the seat while lawmakers waited the gaveling of the 111th Congress into session. Burris's lawyers were quick to say an "extraordinarily arbitrary and unlawful process is afoot." The news today is that Burris is sitting down with Senate leaders and may be granted a seat, despite all the hoopla.
- Blagojevich: Are you dying to hear what he has to say? Governor says he'll tell his side of the story no later than Thursday, and says to hang loose until then. — Huffington Post
- Wall Street: Can I get its accountant's phone number? Goldman Sachs' tax bracket drops to 1 percent for 2008, compared to 34.1 percent in 2007. — Donklephant
- Bush: Can't get enough of the shoe toss? Check out this depiction of what Bush was thinking during the attack. —23/6
- Money: How do you miss a $50 billion fraud? In an extraordinary admission of failure, SEC chairman Cox ordered a full review of why his agency failed to act on complaints about Bernard Madoff. — Talking Points Memo
Guilt by association thrives in the minds of at least 25 percent of Americans. According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a quarter of Americans believe that Barack Obama's staff engaged in illegal activities related to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged plan to sell Obama's senate seat. The rate of suspicion jumps among Obama's opponents — half of Republicans surveyed think Obama's staff has an illegal connection, while the other half apparently agrees with John McCain that we should not jump to conclusions.
The US attorney asked Obama to hold off on disclosing his staff's contacts with Blagojevich, and Obama, who is refusing to answer questions on the scandal, has complied. Do you think the Obama team has dirty hands?
When word broke that Joe Biden's chief of staff would replace the senator from Delaware when he becomes VP, nobody paid much attention, but that's not the case when it comes to seats recently warmed by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Today, news broke that Caroline Kennedy indeed wants the soon-to-be-free seat once filled by her uncle Bobby, and now occupied by Hillary. After wrestling with a decision to enter the public spotlight, Caroline appears ready to carry on the Kennedy dynasty.
Meanwhile, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich still has the sole authority to appoint Barack Obama's replacement. While state legislators try to impeach the governor, another option gaining momentum includes holding a special election to let voters determine who should represent them. To find out how much a special election would cost, read more