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Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Convictions And Sentence

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich faces long odds with the appeal of his federal corruption conviction, just as did his predecessor as Illinois governor...

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...

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).

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.

Democrat: Blagojevich "Called Our Bluff" On Senate Pick

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats have no choice but to change their tone about Roland Burris becoming a U.S. senator because Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich "called our...

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.

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.

Senate Violates the Constitution in Turning Away Roland Burris

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From a legal and Constitutional perspective, the question of whether or not Burris should be allowed to take his seat as the Junior Senator from Illinois is not especially difficult. He should.

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.

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.

Ask Obama For a Torture Special Prosecutor

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Obama transition team is taking questions again at Change.gov -- while the press has fixated on the Blagojevich scandal, the allegations of torture by officials in the current administration receive scant attention.

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.

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.

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."

Elect Hillary's Replacement

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

There would be the added cost of a special election, but that's a small price to pay for a Senate seat (which, as Governor Blagojevich so eloquently reminded us, is no cheap thing).

Walt Whitman on the Blagojevich Scandal (and Maybe Also the Auto Bailout Mess)

John Seery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Seery

Walt Whitman, speaking from beyond the grave, with an eye toward our current ills.

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.

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 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 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 ...

Handcuffs and Shoulder Shrugs

Toby Greenwalt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Toby Greenwalt

The conversation has moved on to how far this investigation will lead. Whether it's a political newcomer like Tammy Duckworth or a political institution like Richard Daley, a lot of people are hoping Fitzmas only hits once this year.

Obama Unfairly Tainted by Crimes He Didn't Commit

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We've seen this before: specious attempts to connect Obama with corrupt or controversial figures in Chicago. This is what we can expect for the next four years. The crazy has only just begun.