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12:05 AM ET, December 10, 2008

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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship  —  “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint …
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Attorney: Blagojevich has no plans of resigning  —  CHICAGO— The attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said the governor will be vindicated and he has no plans to resign.  —  “He didn't do anything wrong,” attorney Sheldon Sorosky told reporters after Blagojevich was arraigned.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Aide: Ax ‘misspoke’  —  An Obama aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, took back David Axelrod's remark last month that Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich had spoken recently.  —  “What the president-elect said today is correct, David Axelrod misspoke,” the aide said.
Marc Ambinder:
Blago Complaint: Who Is Senate Candidate 5?  —  Gov. Blagojevich's own words make it clear that he did not believe that Barack Obama wanted a person called “Senate Candidate 5” to be appointed to the Senate. … In other words — if Blago doesn't get what he wanted, then he'd stiff the PEOTUS …
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich arrested on federal charges  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald called a “staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois' top office.
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Illinois' top lawmakers to strip Blago of senate pick power  —  (Crain's) — The state's top two legislative leaders Tuesday said they will move fast to seize control of the process of selecting a replacement for Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, taking that power away from Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago calls Obama “motherf—er”  —  The tapes reveal a two-term governor who no longer wants his job, badly wants cash and is determined to leverage a financial benefit out of his appointment powers.  —  He also appears to think little of the president-elect, whom he calls a “motherf***er” at one point.
Discussion: The Fix and The Caucus
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Source: ‘SEIU official’ was Stern  —  A Democratic source confirms that SEIU President Andy Stern is the “SEIU official” referred to in the federal complaint against Rod Blagojevich.  —  There's no allegation that the SEIU official did anything wrong, and what appears to be a wiretap transcript …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Marc Ambinder and Firedoglake
CNN:
Durbin wants special election to replace Obama  —  (CNN) — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday he wants a special election called to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat.  —  At a press conference with reporters on Capitol Hill, Durbin said he wants the Illinois legislature …
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich's Senate selection process investigated
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Alleged: Blago Hoped To Shake Down Warren Buffett!
Discussion: DealBook
Ron Kampeas / JTA:
Blagojevich arrest could send Jewish rep to Senate
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Katie Allison Granju:
Note to President-Elect Obama: just tell the truth
Discussion: Political Punch
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
‘Senate Candidate 5’  —  Capitol Fax's Rich Miller updates …
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Marc Ambinder:   Blago Complaint And The Obama Team
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Blago wanted to shake down Warren Buffett
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   AMAZING  —  Even setting aside the primordial level of corruption …
Edwin Eisendrath / The Huffington Post:
Now, Finally, We Can Clean Up This State
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
BLAGO UPDATE....Thanks partly to this being a slow news …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Joe the Plumber: McCain ‘appalled me’  —  Joe Wurzelbacher lashed out at former GOP presidential nominee John McCain Tuesday, the man who made Wurzelbacher famous as “Joe the Plumber.”  —  Wurzelbacher told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt “dirty” after “being on the campaign trail …
Dee Dee Myers / Vanity Fair:
Favreau's Sexist Photo Is No Laughing Matter  —  Oh, what to do.  An incredibly talented young aide, to an impossibly idealistic new president, gets caught doing something indefensibly stupid and undeniably sexist.  Everyone is uncomfortable.  But should anyone be held accountable?  Apparently not.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly And Rove Agree: Reports On The Bad Economy Are Part Of A Media Cabal To Help Obama  —  Yesterday on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly and Karl Rove went on a tirade against the media for hyping the struggling state of the economy.  They claimed that it's not as bad as reports are making it out to be …
Discussion: danieldrezner.com
Ross Douthat:
The Case For Caroline?  —  After allowing that her head tells her to “recoil from political dynasties,” Ruth Marcus lets her heart make the case for Senator Kennedy of New York: … I don't know about Jesse Ventura, but I find Schwarzenegger and Sonny Bono's pre-political careers as self …
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Marist Poll:
Voters Weigh In: Cuomo and Kennedy Deadlocked for Clinton Seat
Discussion: TIME.com and The Fix
CNN:
Court: Craig can't withdraw sex-sting plea  —  (CNN) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's effort to withdraw his guilty plea to a misdemeanor offense of disorderly conduct in connection with a sex-sting operation.  —  “Because we see no abuse …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:   Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Workers win a big round in Chicago factory sit-in  —  CHICAGO - The creditor of a Chicago plant where laid-off employees are conducting a sit-in to demand severance pay said Tuesday it would extend limited loans to the factory so it could resolve the dispute, but the workers declared their protest unfinished.
Discussion: MyDD
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Dear Governor Blagojevich:
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CBC News:
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Associated Press:
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