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Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Feasting on Dinner Table Politics

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Amy Sue Nathan

Just like I call my daughter to the TV to see the Jonas brothers, I call my almost-17-year-old son to stand with me in front of the not-so-wide screen to see Blago.

Waiting for Blago: A Tale of Corruption Nostalgia

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Dezenhall

If Barack Obama has pulled a generation into public service through inspiration, I believe Rod Blagojevich will push people into public service through revulsion.

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."

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich Scandal Celebrated In Song: 'Dey Know (Blago)' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As we've documented, the Rod Blagojevich scandal has been such an amazing source of creative inspiration. So we're excited that Spencer Ackerman, of ...

NYT's Awkward Attempt To Hype The Blago/Obama Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

In order for the Beltway press to gin up this Blago story this week, basic journalism guidelines had to be set aside and in some cases brazenly ignored.

Things Fall Apart

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Trey Ellis

Does Blago -- and the rest of the white collar criminals of late -- know something we don't? It's as if the risk of getting caught was outweighed by their panic to get as much as they could before it's all gone.

Friday Talking Points [58] -- [Expletive Deleted] Blagojevich

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The history of profanity in American political discourse is an untold story out there just waiting for someone to research and write about -- although...

Jason Linkins

Press: In Blago Scandal, Everything's Always Bad For Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Obviously, you get variations on a theme. But for my money, the angle taken by Time magazine's Massimo Calabresi in the opening paragraph of "Can Obama Escape the Taint of Blagojevich?" deserves a special award for fatuousness.

Blago Should Appoint Diane Nash Today

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

Barack Obama and others should relax and let Governor Blagojevich appoint a Senator. I have a suggestion too. That is Blago's job. The Senate's call ...

The Other Blago-Sphere Takes a Hit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It's not just Lincoln turning in his grave, as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald suggested, this would make even the first Mayor Daley turn in his grave, a man who could peddle boodle in his sleep without a scratch.

Blago and Children's: Why It's Personal for Me

Melissa Hapke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Melissa Hapke

Rod Blagojevich tried to take away funding from a worthy program for the whole state of Illinois. This is personal for me, because in 1971, I had open heart surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital.

The Right Way to Sell a Senate Seat

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Blago is actually the Governor's nickname, and please don't confuse it with "blogger," which is what I am. I'm not the governor of anything, and I left Chicago at age 6, with my morals more or less intact.

The Blago-Sphere

Craig Bloomfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Craig Bloomfield

A common response to the news goes something like this: "What is this guy, nuts?" In the end, Blago's nuttiness may be his best defense.

Blagojevich Proves Obama is Clean

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The headline shouldn't be about how this is a problem for Obama. The headline should be, "Blagojevich Case Proves Obama Can't Be Bought." He is indisputably clean.

Bravo, Blago! A Primer in Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Drooling over Obama's Senate seat makes you look far less the leader of the Land of Lincoln, and more like a spoiled rich kid who inherited a prestigious family heirloom and put it on Craigslist.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Senate Candidate 5 (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

READ THE LATEST NEWS ON BLAGOJEVICH Update, 4:45pm Jesse Jackson, Jr. emphatically denied that he was a target in the federal investigation of Gov. ...

Unexpurgated Blago: Barack Obama is a "Motherf**ker" and More

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

The Blagojevich governorship seems to have been fueled by arrogance, an incredible sense of entitlement and a manic high with a cloak of invincibility.

Jason Linkins

Rod Blagojevich's Place In The Gangster Pantheon | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I think that Blago's place in the Pantheon of Thug Life might be a bit overblown, borne aloft on the strength of Mamet-knockoff dialogue, but one thing's for sure, the man had balls the size of churchbells.

Sam Stein

Rod Blagojevich Arrest: Legal And Political Fallout | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

National and local Illinois officials are calling for the state Senate to reconvene and pass legislation that would effectively take the power of appo...

Sam Stein

Schakowsky: Blagojevich Should Step Down Now | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the full extent of Rod Blagojevich's alleged scheme to auction off the vacant Illinois Senate seat became known, some of the Governor's Illinois co...

Sam Stein

Following Blagojevich Arrest, Obama Senate Seat Put On eBay | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Various elements of the Rod Blagojevich arrest today are unavoidably humorous -- whether it is his completely cynical approach to politics, the idea t...

Obama, Harold, Blago and Fox, Oh My!

Robert Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Reed

Others can celebrate, but Obama--who is more realist than charismatic idealist--grasps the gravity of what lies ahead.

Fed Up With Waiting for Blago

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rob Warden

The men and women unlucky enough to enough to have been convicted of crimes they didn't commit -- and lucky enough to prove it -- had a champion in former Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. But they don't have one in Rod Blagojevich.

Gov. Gives Self "High Marks" For Compromise

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Declaring that he has "nothing but love in my heart for everybody," Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday brought to a Chicago civic group his campaign to get t...