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2:35 PM ET, December 9, 2008

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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.
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Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich's Senate selection process investigated  —  Federal probe widens to Obama's vacant seat  —  UPDATE: Source: Feds take Gov. Blagojevich into custody  —  A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning.
WBBM-TV:
Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office:  —  Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging …
Marc Ambinder:
Blago Indictment: 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 Tribune:
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges.  —  Tribune staff report  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at the Tribune Tower for an interview with CNN in Chicago.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
What the transition knew  —  The transition hasn't yet responded to questions about Rod Blagojevich's indictment, but the key question is whether the transition was talking to prosecutors, whether Obama and Valerie Jarrett knew that Blagojevich had offered her the Senate seat in exchange for a labor job …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
AMAZING  —  Even setting aside the primordial level of corruption of trying to sell the senate seat of the President-elect of the United States, I never fail to be amazed at the brazenness and stupidity of some political crooks.  I mean, I think everyone involved in politics or interested …
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Ill. Gov. charged in Obama successor probe  —  CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder in what a federal prosecutor called a “corruption crime spree.”
CNN:
Feds: Blagojevich put ‘for sale’ sign on Obama replacement  —  (CNN) — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in federal custody on corruption charges, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.  —  Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail …
Associated Press:
US Atty: Not alleging Obama knew of Ill. gov. plan … CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says his office is making “no allegations” that President-elect Barack Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich).
The Smoking Gun:
Obama Senate Seat For Sale?  —  Feds: Blagojevich saw Obama's vacated job as a “valuable thing”  —  The criminal complaint filed today against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich contains a remarkable section detailing the Democratic politician's alleged attempt to cash in on his ability …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Feds arrest Illinois Gov. Blagojevich for trying to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat; Update: Wanted cash to appoint Obama crony?  —  “Staggering.” … Fitzmas arrives early this year.  I haven't followed the Blago saga, but it's as old as Hot Air is: The investigation's been active …
Chicago Breaking News:
Fitzgerald: ‘New low’ in Illinois politics
Discussion: Swampland, Gawker and Hot Air
CNN:   Durbin wants special election to replace Obama
New York Times:
Justice Department Briefing on Blagojevich Investigation
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
So. Who Will Appoint the Next Illinois Senator?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Blagojevich Criminal Complaint: The Best of the Best
Bloomberg:
Illinois Threat to Bank of America Is Dangerous, Critics Say
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To “Sell” Obama's Senate Seat
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and The Next Right
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Blagojevich Arrest Muddies Illinois Political Waters
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago calls Obama “motherf—er”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Washington Wire:
Highlights of the Blagojevich Corruption Charges
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Impeachment hearings likely against Blagojevich
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:   Blagojevich Charged With Selling Obama's Senate Seat, Plotting To Purge Trib
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Blago On Obama: “F*** Him.”
Discussion: Democracy in America
Marc Ambinder:   Blago Indictment And The Obama Team
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Cracks appear in Obama foreign policy team … WASHINGTON (AP) - The first sign of cracks in President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy team of rivals emerged on Monday as his choices for secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations visited the State Department.
 
 
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