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12:35 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.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Governor Is Held in Inquiry Into Filling Obama's Seat  —  Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with corruption, including an allegation that he conspired to profit from his authority to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's successor in the United States Senate, prosecutors said.
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.
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Ill. Gov. arrested in Obama successor probe  —  CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.  —  Blagojevich also was charged …
Discussion: Townhall.com, Babalu Blog and Corrente
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
MSNBC:
Ill. governor arrested on corruption charges  —  Feds: Blagojevich sought to profit from choosing Obama's Senate successor  —  WASHINGTON - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator …
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: NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Blago: A Senate seat is a ‘f***ing valuable thing’
WBBM-TV:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested On Federal Charges
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   Blagojevich And Chief Of Staff Indicted For Attempting To Sell Obama's Senate Seat
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Illinois Gov. Faces Corruption Charges
Discussion: Doug Ross
Frank James / The Swamp:   Illinois Gov. Blagojevich arrested
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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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The Bill Clinton loopholes
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: 79% approve of way Obama is handling transition  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — With six weeks before taking office, President-elect Barack Obama is having one heck of a honeymoon, a new national poll suggests.  —  Nearly eight in 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Linda Hirshman / New York Times:
Where Are the New Jobs for Women?  —  BARACK OBAMA has announced a plan to stimulate the economy by creating 2.5 million jobs over the next two years.  He intends to use the opportunity to make good on two campaign promises — to invest in road and bridge maintenance and school repair …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Ladyblog
The Politico:
Boehner: Future of GOP is Cao  —  One week ago, most Republicans had never heard of Anh “Joseph” Cao.  Those who were aware he was challenging Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) thought he had almost no chance of winning.  Not a single Republican in the state's congressional delegation donated to his campaign.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
For Bush's staff, upbeat talking points on his tenure  —  Administration officials get a memo from the White House suggesting what to say about the last eight years: President Bush upheld ‘the honor and the dignity of his office,’ for one.  —  Reporting from Washington …
 
 
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