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12:05 AM ET, January 10, 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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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Court certifies Burris, but path to Senate unclear  —  Roland Burris won his certification battle before the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday, but Senate leaders say the ruling only strengthens their opposition to seating him in their chamber.  —  Burris was handed an apparent victory …
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 …
Chicago Breaking News:
State court rebuffs Burris on Senate signature
Discussion: TIME.com
Chicago Sun Times:   Illinois House votes to impeach Gov. Blagojevich
Baltimore Sun:
Mayor Sheila Dixon indicted  —  Four counts of perjury, two counts of theft over $500 among 12-count indictment  —  Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon was charged today in a 12-count indictment, according to the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office's Web site.  —  Dixon was charged with four counts …
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Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges  —  BALTIMORE — Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used instead for a holiday shopping spree.
Little Green Footballs:
CNN Says the Video is Genuine  —  CNN insists that the Gaza video is genuine, and they've reposted it.  This is their only response to the criticism that the “CPR” shown in the video is an obvious pantomime: … If they really had “little hope” the patient could be saved …
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CNN:
Gaza video genuine, journalists say  —  (CNN) — There's no truth to accusations by bloggers that a Palestinian camera crew staged a video showing the death of the videographer's brother after an Israeli rocket attack, said the team's employer.  —  “It's absolute nonsense,” Paul Martin …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN republishes fake atrocity video; Update: CNN responds
Discussion: Macsmind
Washington Post:
Bush Prepares to Ask for Second Tranche of Bailout Funds  —  If Congress Fails to Approve Request, Administration May Use Veto Power  —  In a move being coordinated with the Obama transition team, senior Bush administration officials are preparing to ask lawmakers for the second half …
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Michelle Goldberg / The New Republic:
The End Of An Error  —  Ok, maybe this makes up for Rick Warren.  A couple of months ago, Obama seemed to be walking back from his promise to undo the destructive “don't ask, don't tell” policy on gays in the military.  But today, in a video posted on the change.gov website (a site …
Jesse Lee / Change.gov:
Open for Questions Round 2: Response  —  When we closed out the first round of Open for Questions with around 20,000 people participating, 10,000 questions submitted, and 1,000,000 votes on which we should answer, we were thrilled.  But we were also concerned that the splash of unveiling …
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, The BLT and ACSBlog
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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.
CNN:
Key Democrats blast Obama stimulus plan  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Key measures of President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan are facing a barrage of criticism from some Senate Democrats, with one charging the plan's tax breaks were a return to “trickledown” economics.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Gap  —  “I don't believe it's too late to change course …
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.
Melinda Wenner / LiveScience:
Smarter Men Have More Sperm  —  Women tend to like smart men because they're usually more successful and better providers.  But here's another reason: Their sperm is better, a new study says.  —  Researchers at King's College London, the University of Delaware and the University …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Inaugural Rentals Begging For Takers  —  Across the Washington region, homeowners' dreams of a quick and easy payday are evaporating as the days tick down to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20: The inaugural housing market has gone bust in record time.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Publisher: Bush will receive ‘minimal interest’ on the lecture circuit.»  —  In 2007, President Bush told biographer Robert Draper that he would “replenish the ol' coffers” by going around and giving speeches after office, where he could make “ridiculous money.”  But it's unlikely that Bush will be rolling in the dough.
Discussion: Blogs and Stories
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.
Seattle Times:
Seattle P-I up for sale; could go online-only  —  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which first rolled off the presses in 1863 and has been the state's longest-publishing newspaper, is up for sale.  —  The newspaper's staff was called into a closed meeting today by Publisher Roger Oglesby.
Watts Up With That?:
“The good news is, if this sucker blows, global warming is not going to be a problem. ”  —  Some worrisome news from Greg Laden's Science blog, also in the running for Best Science Blog  —  Note: Image below was not part of the original story  —  This images indicates Yellowstone earthquake from the past week.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CERTIFIABLE  —  Okay, fine, Blagojevich is clearly insane.  I'm sitting here at my desk, listening to him chatter on in the background about the impeachment vote.  And he's going on about how his policies let someone get a liver transplant, and should he really be impeached for that?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Kittens of the sea?  —  When you think cute, playful, and snuggly in animals, the logical choice of pet is ... trout?  That's what PETA thinks, anyway, in its new campaign to propagandize children into avoiding meat.  They now want to call fish “sea kittens”, because then no one would ever think of eating a kitten — right?
Stephen M. Walt:
On Goldberg and Douthat  —  Over at the Atlantic Web site, Ross Douthat and Jeffrey Goldberg have been giving each other high-fives after an apparent competition to distort what I write.  Responding to such criticisms is normally a mug's game, but a few comments seem appropriate at this juncture.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Kyl Falsely Claims Holder Doesn't Support Patriot Act, Says He Shouldn't Be AG If He's Against Torture  —  Kyl Falsely Claims Holder Doesn't Support Patriot Act, Says He Shouldn't Be AG If He's Against Torture»  —  Conservatives, led by former Bush adviser Karl Rove …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Judge rules against White House on visitors logs
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Joe Conason / Salon:
Al Franken stole the election? Prove it or shut up
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