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2:05 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.
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 …
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. 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
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
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
So.  Who Will Appoint the Next Illinois Senator?  —  Looks like it is Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, the man on the right.  He better have zero uncovered corruption scandals in his past, because the entire national media is going to turn its eyes to him as soon as it's done digesting Fitzgerald's complaint.
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: Gawker, The Fix, Swampland and Hot Air
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:   FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To “Sell” Obama's Senate Seat
The Smoking Gun:
Obama Senate Seat For Sale?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Need Help On The Latest Rezko-Obama Story
Discussion: Gawker and Wizbang
Washington Wire:
Highlights of the Blagojevich Corruption Charges
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Blago: A Senate seat is a ‘f***ing valuable thing’
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
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
Syed Irfan Raza / DAWN:
Operation continues against LeT-Dawa  —  ISLAMABAD, Dec 8: The government launched on Monday a countrywide crackdown on the banned jihadi outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and charity organisation Jamaatud Dawa.  —  Over two dozen people, including top Lashkar commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi wanted …
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BBC:
Pakistan snubs India over arrests
Discussion: New York Times and Newshoggers.com
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The media's disingenuous failure to state the obvious.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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 and Power Line
 
 
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