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5:10 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 …
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
This just in... Supreme Court rejects Burris case  —  * 12:52 pm - The Illinois Supreme Court has just rejected Senator-Designate Roland Burris' motion to force Secretary of State Jesse White to co-sign Burris' appointment form...  The ball is now in US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, um, court.
Chicago Breaking News:
State court rebuffs Burris on Senate signature
Discussion: TIME.com and Hot Air
CNN:
Burris appointment valid, Illinois high court says
Discussion: Democracy in America
New York Times:   Illinois House Impeaches Governor
Chicago Breaking News:
House impeaches Blagojevich
Discussion: Wonkette and Progress Illinois
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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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, ACSBlog and The BLT
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Takes Voting Rights Case
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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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.
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: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
The Politico:
O-bummer  —  Congressional Democrats are firing a surprising number of unexpectedly sharp brush-back pitches at President-elect Obama and his staff over policy plans and personnel picks, making him look embattled during what was to be a triumphant debut week in Washington.
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Marc Ambinder:   It's Time To Play Oddsmaker
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.
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 …
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
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 and The Reaction
Mindy Tate / Williamson Herald:
Blackburn says foreclosure notice on Brentwood home bank's mistake  —  A foreclosure notice published Thursday on 7th District Congressman Marsha Blackburn's Murray Lane home in Brentwood was the result of her bank's failure to make automatic payments to Countrywide Home Loans, according to her staff.
Anne Paine / Tennessean.com:
Second TVA spill reported in Alabama  —  TVA is investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama, a spokesman said at about 10:45 a.m. Central Time.  —  The leak, discovered before 6 a.m. has been stopped, according to John Moulton, with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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Associated Press:
TVA spill estimated at 10,000 gallons
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Al Sharpton Filling Liberal Seat on ‘Hannity’ Premiere  —  Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) will fill the seat on the right  —  The new Alan Colmes-less Hannity premieres Monday with frequent Fox News guest Al Sharpton filling the liberal seat on Sean Hannity's newly christened “Great American Panel.”
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 …
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?
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Unemployment Hits 7.2%, a 16-Year High  —  With the recession in full swing, the nation's employers shed 524,000 jobs in December, the government reported Friday, and a rapidly deteriorating economy promised more big losses in the months ahead.  December's job losses brought the total for 2008 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA: “NO PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP”  —  [NBC's] CBS' Chip Reid asked Obama this morning specifically about the size of the stimulus plan and about criticism from those like Paul Krugman that the package is too small and tilted too heavily toward tax cuts:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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.
 
 
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Jesse Lee / Change.gov:
Open for Questions Round 2: Response
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Chris Bowers / Daily Kos:
Save Soapblox!  —  You know how some politicians are fond of saying …
Jennifer Agiesta / Washington Post:
Gallup: Majority of Americans Back Stimulus Package
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Renting out the list  —  One way Hillary Clinton is paying …
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Judge rules against White House on visitors logs
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Mitch McConnell Lost His Testicles and Now Infects the Senate GOP With a Cancer