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9:05 PM ET, January 9, 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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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 …
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 Breaking News:
State court rebuffs Burris on Senate signature
Discussion: TIME.com
Chicago Breaking News:
House impeaches Blagojevich
Discussion: Wonkette and Progress Illinois
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Gap  —  “I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible.  If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years.”  —  So declared President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday, explaining why the nation needs …
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CNN:
Key Democrats blast Obama stimulus plan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus
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.
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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Takes Voting Rights Case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, The Swamp and Law Blog
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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 …
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
Joe Conason / Salon:
Al Franken stole the election?  Prove it or shut up  —  The recount shows that he won the Minnesota Senate race.  The lying liars who say otherwise have no evidence of cheating.  —  Al Franken speaks to reporters outside his home in Minneapolis Monday after being declared the winner over incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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?
SteveK / TVNewser:
Shuster vs. Palin Interviewer on MSNBC  —  When “Media Malpractice” filmmaker John Ziegler appeared on MSNBC to discuss the YouTube clips released yesterday of his interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, some fireworks could be expected.  The interview did not disappoint.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
House passes legislation fighting wage discrimination.»  —  Today, in a vote of 247-171, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which boosts a woman's ability to bring pay discrimination lawsuits.  The bill overrules a Supreme Court decision that workers must file …
Discussion: Politicians and Firedoglake
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:   House approves bill to fight wage discrimination
Becky Nahm / KSTP-TV:
POLL: Coleman should concede  —  An exclusive Survey USA poll shows nearly half of Minnesotans surveyed say its time for Republican Norm Coleman to concede the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Al Franken.  —  But the survey does not hold good news for Franken either.
 
 
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