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Judge Won't Subpoena Obama In Blagojevich Case

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge refused on Friday to approve a subpoena calling for President Barack Obama to testify at the political corruption tria...

Rahm Emanuel Not Subpoenaed In Blagojevich Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says he hasn't been subpoenaed to testify at ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's upcoming c...

Obama: Illinois Ready To Move Forward After Blagojevich

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - President Barack Obama says Illinois is ready to move forward now that Rod Blagojevich has been removed as governor. In an interv...

Obama: Blagojevich 'Crippled' Illinois

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the removal of Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) as governor has ended a "painful episode for Illinoi...

Blagojevich Disregards Obama's List Of Candidates For Senate Seat

thehill.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Barack Obama believed that seven candidates were "highly qualified" to succeed him in the Senate, but the two people Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D)...

Obama Report On Blagojevich Contacts: Full Text

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Below is the full text of the Obama transition team's review of contacts with disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his office. * * * * * ...

Obama Blagojevich Report: "A Lot About Nothing"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two Democratic officials tell CNN that the "long-awaited report about aides to President-elect Barack Obama alleged contact with the office of embattl...

Sam Stein

Obama Blagojevich Report: Team Claims Exoneration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's chief counsel declared on Tuesday afternoon that only one member of the President-elect's staff -- incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel...

Jason Linkins

Townhall's Matt Lewis: Obama "Out Of The Country" In Hawaii (VIDEO) [UPDATED]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, here's the latest worry for President-elect Barack Obama: is it okay that he's in Hawaii?

Newsweek's Isikoff: If I Had Subpoena Power, Here's What I'd Ask Obama

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Invoking his wartime commander-in-chief authority, NEWSWEEK Editor Jon Meacham has granted yours truly, a lowly investigative correspondent, sweeping ...

Rahm Only Called Blagojevich Once: Obama Report

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABC News' George Stephanopolous reports on Barack Obama's internal probe of his staff's ties to corrupt Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. According to hi...

Obama: 'Frustrating' To Not Address Blagojevich Rumors (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday he was anxious to correct the record on his transition team's involvement with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and d...

More Republicans Revolt Against Obama-Blagojevich Attacks

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, Newt Gingrich sent a letter to RNC Chair Mike Duncan chastising the party for going after Barack Obama's ties to Rod Blagojevich and calli...

Jason Linkins

NRO's York Compares Blago Probe To Plamegate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I guess that from here until December 22nd, when the Obama transition team is due to release their who-contacted-who report in accordance with Patrick...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Press Treatment Just Like Bush's: WaPo's Milbank

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Dana Milbank is unhappy with the way Obama blew off the Chicago Tribune's John McCormick yesterday when the reporter attempted to dig into the Blago story at the presser for Arne Duncan. To an extent, I understand.

Rove: Obama Not Transparent Enough On Blago

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Karl Rove, who refused to answer questions for years on the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA official, criticized Barack Obama on Monday for not being...

Fitzgerald Confirms Delay Of Obama Team Blagojevich Report

Chicago Tribune | Bob Secter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that his transition office was delaying release of a report on contacts with the Blagojevich administration ...

Sam Stein

Obama: Judge Me On The Jobs I Create

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Much of the focus of the just completed Obama press conference is going to center on his answer to the obligatory Rod Blagojevich question -- the pres...

Obama: No Blagojevich Contact, No "Inappropriate Discussions"

AP | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama said Monday a review by his own lawyer shows he had no direct contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...

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."

Obama Never Pushed Valerie Jarrett For Senate: Axelrod

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In what I can only describe as a political fantasy, Gov. Blagojevich somehow thought he could extract a Cabinet post from Presiden...

Obama Team Mum On Blagojevich Investigation

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is refusing to answer any questions about the internal review he has ordered into Illinois Gov. Rod Bl...

Sam Stein

Obama Denies Blagojevich Contact, Promises More Info (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a press conference designed to focus on the appointment of Tom Daschle as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Barack Obama was besieged almost ...

Obama And Blagojevich's Distant Relationship: They Haven't Talked For More Than A Year

HuffPost/NYT/WP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President-elect Obama's history with disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is dissected in several reports, including stories of how the men hav...

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...