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2:25 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.
New York Times:
Illinois Governor in Corruption Scandal  —  CHICAGO — Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was arrested by federal authorities on Tuesday morning on corruption charges, including an allegation that he conspired to effectively sell President-elect Barack Obama's seat in the United States Senate to the highest bidder.
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.”
Discussion: Townhall.com, HazZzMat and Babalu Blog
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 …
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  —  U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said today that federal authorities arrested Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich this morning because the governor went on “a political corruption crime spree” that needed to be stopped.
Discussion: Swampland, Gawker and Hot Air
The Smoking Gun:
Obama Senate Seat For Sale?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 Criminal Complaint: The Best of the Best
Bloomberg:
Illinois Threat to Bank of America Is Dangerous, Critics Say
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Need Help On The Latest Rezko-Obama Story
Discussion: Gawker and Wizbang
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
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.
Kris Kitto / The Hill:
Breitbart's big, red Hollywood  —  After playing supporting roles to big names in media and politics, Andrew Breitbart is poised to become the protagonist in his own story.  —  The publisher of the online news aggregator Breitbart.com helped launch and run two of today's most influential media …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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