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Blagojevich Indictment

Rod Blagojevich Reindicted: Charges Do Not Rely On 'Honest Services' Statute

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich was reindicted Thursday, as prosecutors try to keep an upcoming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on "honest services" fraud from d...

Jackson Sr. Denies Being 'Emissary' To Blagojevich

ABC | Thomas Giusto and Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rev. Jesse Jackson says he played no role and was not "an emissary" in alleged efforts to make a deal with Governor Rod Blagojevich for the appointm...

Blagojevich Adds 3 New Lawyers To Defense Team

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three more attorneys have been added to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team....

Isn't it Time to Let Abe Rest in Peace?

Andy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

We are fighting an enemy armed with the power of incumbency, and the riches of unfettered fundraising to hold their ground at all costs.

Blagojevich Sneaks Out Back Door To Get To Court, Tells Reporters 'I'm Innocent' (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday. His brother, Robert, also pleaded not guilty. Blagoje...

Blagojevich Loses His Lawyer, Again

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blagojevich lost a leading criminal-defense lawyer for the second time since his December arrest, as veteran attorney Terence Gillespie said he was bo...

I Ask Again: Did Burris' Lobbying Partner Help Patti Blagojevich Land a Job?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

There was no mention of this lucky break for the former first family of Illinois in the rush of reporting about the Blagojevich indictment.

BLAGOJEVICH STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT: I AM INNOCENT

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich again declared his innocence in a statement released by his publicist in response to the sweeping, 19-count indictment on ...

Blagojevich Indicted For Corruption Along With Brother And Top Aides (READ THE CHARGES, BLAGO REACTION VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five others were indicted Thursday on charges of scheming to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S....

For Blagojevich, There's No Place Like Home

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Warren

As a result of his alleged misdeeds, the government wants Blago's Chicago home, a condo he owns in DC, and the real gold mine -- his campaign funds.

Burris: Blago Indictment 'Has Nothing To Do With Me'

The Hill | Aaron Blake and J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) expected to be indicted Thursday by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, the man he controversially ap...

Blagojevich, Illinois Governor, Arrested (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Update, 2:40pm AP reports that Blagojevich's Deputy Governor, Bob Greenlee, has resigned. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee res...

The New Republic: "In Defense Of Blagojevich (Sort Of)"

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I fully realize that few complaints are more tiresome than "your party's scandal is worse than my party's scandal." But indulge me for a moment. I can...

Blagojevich: Obama Should Fire Rahm Emanuel (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his hour-long closing statement before the Illinois State Senate today, Governor Rod Blagojevich continued to traipse across the plane of outlandis...

Advice To Blago: Invoke Caesar

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If only he had invoked Caesar from the start, instead of civil rights heroes whose legacies are so sacred to so many, perhaps he could go down more gracefully (or at least less offensively).

Blago Video Roundup: Compares Self to Gandhi & Mandela, Deploys Cowboy Metaphors, Tennyson Quotes & More

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

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Do the Right Thing

Susan Greenhalgh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Greenhalgh

The Senate is doing the right thing by seating Burris, now Burris should do the right thing and pledge to resign if Blagojevich is convicted.

Blagojevich 2.0

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

What Blagojevich did is so shocking that it could make "Lincoln turn over in his grave." But Caroline getting the seat because of her zillion-dollar fund raising ability wouldn't do the same?

How About Some of that Blago to Go?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Blagojevich, by any reasonable standard, ought to be beside himself with embarrassment over the 114 to 1 vote to impeach him. Yet he's reciting Tennyson in front of cameras.

Replace Harry Reid?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The Democrats should cut their losses and seat Burris. Perhaps they should cut their losses with Reid, too.

Blagojevich vs. the Senate

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

In this contest of wills -- the governor's rightful authority to appoint a senator as opposed to the Senate's power to judge the qualification of its members -- the last word simply belongs to the Senate.

A Lesser Class of Rogue

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.

Enough About 'Roland Burris, Good Guy'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

It doesn't matter how clean his record was when he was in office a decade ago or if he didn't pay a cent for his appointment: Roland Burris is a willing pawn in a very corrupt game.

ABC's "The Note" Embarrasses Itself on Behalf of Beltway Journalism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Doing its best to prop up the beyond soggy Blago/Obama "scandal," The Note worked feverishly to convince fellow journalists that they didn't make fools of themselves hyping the non-story for weeks.

Outrage Over Blagojevich? Really?

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Aram Khayatpour

Alright, what he did was bad. But why is there all this concern over little old Rod Blagojevich while Bush, Cheney, and his cronies still sit in the White House, untouched?