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The One-Minute Impeachment

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

The full Illinois House impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich after a zippy ninety minutes of debate. Pretty good -- but I think we can do even better.

It's Time for the Senate to Hold Its Nose and Seat Burris

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What is the worst case scenario? Burris runs for re-election in 2010 and loses? If a Democrat loses a U.S. Senate race in Illinois, Roland Burris will be the least of the Democrats' problems.

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.

Obama Prompted To Prosecute Bush

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With few exceptions the transition period has been a model of presidential goodwill and cooperation. Apparently, the curious users who have been submi...

Torture Prosecutor Tops 70,000 Questions for Obama on Change.Gov

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Thousands of Americans are asking whether Obama will order an independent investigation into allegations of torture and illegal surveillance by the U.S. government. We deserve a "yes," or a "no."

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.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Defends Blagojevich, Rips Fitzgerald

Chicago Tribune | Maria L. La Ganga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SAN FRANCISCO--In his memoir "Basic Brown," published in February, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. lauded U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald...

Fitzgerald Asks Blago Impeachment Panel Not To Subpoena Obama Aides

Associated Press | Caryn Rousseau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't subpoena two incoming White House advisers,...

A "Deal" with Obama? It Takes Two to Blago

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Why was Rod Blagojevich so convinced his deals were being shot down by the Obama folks, when the Obama folks claim they didn't even know deals were being suggested?

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.

Blago and Me

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

In electoral politics we want to avoid the rich and famous in favor of the modest but qualified. But we make it impossible for anyone but the rich and famous to get the jobs and then keep them.

Blago Should Still Appoint Diane Nash

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

Diane Nash is a pillar of the civil rights movement who happens to be a blue ribbon Chicago citizen and is certainly more qualified than Caroline Kennedy to be a US Senator.

US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald To Receive Honorary Degree

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is scheduled to give the midyear commencement address at Bradley University in central Illinois. The university in P...

Chicago Tribune Did Not Force Timing Of Blagojevich Arrest: FBI

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The timing of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest wasn't affected by a Chicago Tribune story that reported Blagojevich was being secretly recorded ...

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 de...

Welcome to the Blagosphere

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

The Blagojevich scandal is widely seen as a heavy blow for the incoming administration, but in fact it's good for Mr. Obama that it happened early on.

The Twelve Days Of Fitzmas: 5 Bleeping Blagos, 2 Singing Scooters

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

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: An Eddie V. Who's Pleading Guilty On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Blagojevich: "Fire All Those [Expletive] People"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Horowitz

It's the secret campaign against the Tribune's editorial page that stands out, at least to those of us who offer up opinions for a living. It may be the endorsement we've only dreamed about.

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 ...

The Wire: Season 6?

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

Hopefully there will be more in a sixth installment of The Wire. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have shown us the way.

Blagojevich Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald 'A Heroic Figure'

Bloomberg | David Voreacos and Andrew Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a city where politics and corruption are often synonymous, Chicago's top U.S. prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has burnished his image as a guardian...

Did The Chicago Tribune Spoil Fitzgerald's Blagojevich Investigation?

Wall Street Journal | Cam Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Conventional wisdom holds that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ordered the FBI to arrest Rod Blagojevich before sunrise Tuesday in order to stop a cr...