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5:50 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 - Gives Burris alternative route … Fox...  Oy.  —  * 1:57 pm - CNN...  * Politico...  * 1:44 pm - From Attorney General Lisa Madigan...  * 1:43 pm - Here's the alternative route suggested by the Supremes...  * 1:37 pm - AP...
Chicago Breaking News:
State court rebuffs Burris on Senate signature
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
CNN:
Burris appointment valid, Illinois high court says
Discussion: Democracy in America
Chicago Breaking News:
House impeaches Blagojevich
Discussion: Progress Illinois and Wonkette
New York Times:   Illinois House Impeaches Governor
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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New York Times:
Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus
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  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still needed to protect minority voters, given the passage of more than four decades and the election of the nation's first African-American president.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, The Swamp and Law Blog
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
House approves bill to fight wage discrimination
Discussion: Associated Press
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
House passes legislation fighting wage discrimination.»
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politicians
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.”
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?
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
Lynn Sweet:
Gov. Blagojevich post impeachment statement.  Transcript.  —  Transcript courtesy Federal News Service...  GOV. BLAGOJEVICH: Thank you very much.  —  Thank you for being here.  I won't be that long.  —  Let me say to begin with that the House's action today was, of course, not a surprise.
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.
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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