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Blagojevich makes appointment to Obama Senate seat

By Kevin Bogardus
Leading the News- the Hill

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint former state Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat of President-elect Obama, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The announcement could provoke a fight with Senate Democratic leaders, who have warned they would seat no one to the Senate appointed by Blagojevich.

An official announcement is expected at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Burris, 71 and African-American, is a former state comptroller and attorney general of Illinois. He also was Blagojevich’s Democratic primary opponent in the 2002 governor’s race.

Burris was not on the list of preferred candidates that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House chief of staff, sent over to Blagojevich’s staff. However, Obama endorsed Burris in his primary battle with Blagojevich.

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>Blagojevich makes appointment to Obama Senate seat

>By Kevin Bogardus
Leading the News- the Hill

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint former state Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat of President-elect Obama, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The announcement could provoke a fight with Senate Democratic leaders, who have warned they would seat no one to the Senate appointed by Blagojevich.

An official announcement is expected at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Burris, 71 and African-American, is a former state comptroller and attorney general of Illinois. He also was Blagojevich’s Democratic primary opponent in the 2002 governor’s race.

Burris was not on the list of preferred candidates that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House chief of staff, sent over to Blagojevich’s staff. However, Obama endorsed Burris in his primary battle with Blagojevich.

Read more >>>Here

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Chicago Tribune endorsement: Barack Obama for president

The historically Republican Chicago Tribune newspaper has crossed sides for the first time in its history to endorse its native son:

The Republican Party, the party of limited government, has lost its way. The government ran a $237 billion surplus in 2000, the year before Bush took office — and recorded a $455 billion deficit in 2008. The Republicans lost control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2006 because, as we said at the time, they gave the nation rampant spending and Capitol Hill corruption. They abandoned their principles. They paid the price.

We do, though, think Obama would govern as much more of a pragmatic centrist than many people expect.

We know first-hand that Obama seeks out and listens carefully and respectfully to people who disagree with him. He builds consensus. He was most effective in the Illinois legislature when he worked with Republicans on welfare, ethics and criminal justice reform…

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>Chicago Tribune endorsement: Barack Obama for president

>The historically Republican Chicago Tribune newspaper has crossed sides for the first time in its history to endorse its native son:

The Republican Party, the party of limited government, has lost its way. The government ran a $237 billion surplus in 2000, the year before Bush took office — and recorded a $455 billion deficit in 2008. The Republicans lost control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2006 because, as we said at the time, they gave the nation rampant spending and Capitol Hill corruption. They abandoned their principles. They paid the price.

We do, though, think Obama would govern as much more of a pragmatic centrist than many people expect.

We know first-hand that Obama seeks out and listens carefully and respectfully to people who disagree with him. He builds consensus. He was most effective in the Illinois legislature when he worked with Republicans on welfare, ethics and criminal justice reform…

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GOP Asks ‘Chicago Tribune’ Not to Publish Errant ‘Rush Limbaugh’ Email — Doesn’t Stop Paper

What to do when you are mistakenly sent a highly provocative, even distasteful, email from a political party staffer and are then asked not to publish its contents? The issue came up again today when the Chicago Tribune received an email from a GOP staffer regarding a suggestion that the party post something on YouTube regarding a radio comment by Rush Limbaugh related to Sarah Palin’s new baby and Barack Obama’s view of abortion.

Here is an excerpt from a posting on the Tribune’s popular blog, The Swamp, by Andrew Zajac.
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Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh boosted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s pro-life position and mocked Barack Obama on his radio show yesterday with a make-believe riff in which Obama asked Palin “When you found out your baby would be born with Down syndrome, did you consider killing it before or after the due date?”

Limbaugh’s “humor” caught the fancy of the Republican National Committee, which, in an internal e-mail, proposed using the bit in a YouTube clip.

The e-mail, which was sent to RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz, and mistakenly to a Tribune reporter, was titled “wow…good YouTube potential…”

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>GOP Asks ‘Chicago Tribune’ Not to Publish Errant ‘Rush Limbaugh’ Email — Doesn’t Stop Paper

>What to do when you are mistakenly sent a highly provocative, even distasteful, email from a political party staffer and are then asked not to publish its contents? The issue came up again today when the Chicago Tribune received an email from a GOP staffer regarding a suggestion that the party post something on YouTube regarding a radio comment by Rush Limbaugh related to Sarah Palin’s new baby and Barack Obama’s view of abortion.

Here is an excerpt from a posting on the Tribune’s popular blog, The Swamp, by Andrew Zajac.
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Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh boosted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s pro-life position and mocked Barack Obama on his radio show yesterday with a make-believe riff in which Obama asked Palin “When you found out your baby would be born with Down syndrome, did you consider killing it before or after the due date?”

Limbaugh’s “humor” caught the fancy of the Republican National Committee, which, in an internal e-mail, proposed using the bit in a YouTube clip.

The e-mail, which was sent to RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz, and mistakenly to a Tribune reporter, was titled “wow…good YouTube potential…”

Click on the headline to read more

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