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4:00 PM ET, January 9, 2009

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House votes to impeach Blagojevich  —  Posted by Ray Long and Rick Pearson a 10:25 a.m.; last updated at 10:40 a.m.; (for the live blog, scroll down; to read more about what's in the impeachment document, click here.)  —  SPRINGFIELD—In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Change in Burris' story?  —  SPRINGFIELD — A potentially troublesome new detail emerged about Roland Burris' controversial U.S. Senate appointment Thursday after a state House panel voted unanimously to recommend Gov. Blagojevich be impeached.  —  For the first time, Burris indicated …
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
This just in... Supreme Court rejects Burris case  —  * 12:52 pm - The Illinois Supreme Court has just rejected Senator-Designate Roland Burris' motion to force Secretary of State Jesse White to co-sign Burris' appointment form...  The ball is now in US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, um, court.
Chicago Breaking News:
House impeaches Blagojevich
Discussion: Wonkette and Progress Illinois
Chicago Breaking News:
State court rebuffs Burris on Senate signature
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Gap  —  “I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible.  If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years.”  —  So declared President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday, explaining why the nation needs …
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Not Doing Enough  —  Why I worry that Obama doesn't realize just how bad things are.  —  Does Barack Obama understand the seriousness of the economic crisis?  Yesterday, he laid out his economic agenda, and it was filled with all sorts of important exhortations and proscriptions.
Marc Ambinder:   It's Time To Play Oddsmaker
New York Times:
Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The High-Speed Rail Stimulus?
Discussion: The New Republic
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Chief Justice on the Spot  —  A CASE sitting quietly in the Supreme Court's in-basket promises to tell us more than almost any other about John G. Roberts Jr. and his evolution from spear carrier in the Reagan revolution to chief justice of the United States — and in the process set …
Discussion: The Corner, ACSBlog and The BLT
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Takes Voting Rights Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still needed to protect minority voters, given the passage of more than four decades and the election of the nation's first African-American president.
Discussion: The Swamp
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Unemployment Hits 7.2%, a 16-Year High  —  With the recession in full swing, the nation's employers shed 524,000 jobs in December, the government reported Friday, and a rapidly deteriorating economy promised more big losses in the months ahead.  December's job losses brought the total for 2008 …
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Suddenly Decides That Hero-Worshipping Presidents Is “Un-American”  —  How can you tell a Democrat is about to move into the White House?  When Nooners writes something like this: … Yep, presidents are just ordinary, regular schmoes who we hire and fire every 4 years.
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Rachel L. Swarns / The Caucus:
Obama's Mother-in-Law to Move Into the White House  —  (Photo: Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)  —  It's official: Marian Robinson, the 71-year-old mother-in-law of President-elect Barack Obama, will be moving into the White House, transition officials said on Friday.
Anne Paine / Tennessean.com:
Second TVA spill reported in Alabama  —  TVA is investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama, a spokesman said at about 10:45 a.m. Central Time.  —  The leak, discovered before 6 a.m. has been stopped, according to John Moulton, with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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Associated Press:
TVA spill estimated at 10,000 gallons
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online, Sarah Palin Has Unkind Words for the Press  —  Sarah Palin, still smarting over coverage of her vice presidential run, calls the media's reporting on her family “very scary” and says there may be “a class issue” that explains the more sympathetic treatment of Caroline Kennedy.
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Blogs and Stories:
Iran's Hottest Porn Video  —  The Farewell Chronicles: Survivors of the Bush Presidency Speak Out  —  Blogs and Stories  —  A hidden camera catches an Iranian cleric committing adultery, and the video rockets around the blogosphere, where a new generation can finally skirt state censorship.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Becky Nahm / KSTP-TV:
POLL: Coleman should concede  —  An exclusive Survey USA poll shows nearly half of Minnesotans surveyed say its time for Republican Norm Coleman to concede the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Al Franken.  —  But the survey does not hold good news for Franken either.
Mindy Tate / Williamson Herald:
Blackburn says foreclosure notice on Brentwood home bank's mistake  —  A foreclosure notice published Thursday on 7th District Congressman Marsha Blackburn's Murray Lane home in Brentwood was the result of her bank's failure to make automatic payments to Countrywide Home Loans, according to her staff.
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Al Sharpton Filling Liberal Seat on ‘Hannity’ Premiere  —  Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) will fill the seat on the right  —  The new Alan Colmes-less Hannity premieres Monday with frequent Fox News guest Al Sharpton filling the liberal seat on Sean Hannity's newly christened “Great American Panel.”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Endgame in Gaza  —  Israel's leaders have purposely obscured their war aims in Gaza.  But there are only two possible endgames: (A) a Lebanon-like cessation of hostilities to be supervised by international observers, or (B) the disintegration of Hamas rule in Gaza.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Renting out the list  —  One way Hillary Clinton is paying …
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA: “NO PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP”
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Judge rules against White House on visitors logs
Discussion: Reuters and Emptywheel
Joe Conason / Salon:
Al Franken stole the election? Prove it or shut up
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Campbell Brown / CNN:
Brown: Obama's lofty ideas lack specifics
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Mitch McConnell Lost His Testicles and Now Infects the Senate GOP With a Cancer