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Rod Blagojevich Claims David Axelrod Wanted Him To Run For President

Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

David Axelrod was an integral part of the team that helped President Barack Obama win election in 2008. But according to former Illinois Governor Rod ...

Sam Stein

Obama Team Dragged Down By Press And Blagojevich | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eight days after Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges of attempting to sell Illinois' vacant Senate seat, much of the media is still consumed ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It's been amusing watching the media try to turn a scandal affecting the governor of Illinois into a scandal affecting the president-elect. Every detail was milked for maximum ominousness: a recent handshake between Obama and Blagojevich, a list of favored replacement candidates delivered by Rahm Emanuel, Rahm's "beet-red" face, David Axelrod's work for Blago in the 90s. All inflated to fill a sparse news cycle. But wouldn't it have been weird if Obama hadn't shaken Blago's hand, and weirder still if he'd shown no interest in who his successor would be? Trying to turn any of this into a suspicion of pay-to-play carries about as much weight as the Obama citizenship case. Sorry, guys, but Blagojevich said it all: the Obama people were "not willing to give me anything except appreciation."

Axelrod On Blagojevich Scandal: 'We Were Not Involved'

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

David Axelrod said at tonight's Harvard Institute of Politics conference that Obama's team wasn't involved in talks with Rod Blagojevich about Obama's...