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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested

By Carrie Johnson and Peter Slevin
FBI agents this morning arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) and his chief of staff on conspiracy and bribery charges, including allegations that the governor was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

The arrest of Blagojevich and his top aide, John Harris, capped a lengthy investigation into public corruption at the highest levels of state government.

The two men will appear in a federal courthouse in Chicago later today, and U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Grant are preparing to describe their case at a news conference at noon eastern time.

The arrests, which authorities say occurred "without incident," follow news reports that a well-connected lobbyist turned FBI informant had taped the governor saying that he might "get some [money] up front, maybe" from an unnamed candidate for a Senate seat.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  December 9, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
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Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

December 9, 2008 is International Anti-Corruption Day.

Posted by: Rosslyn2007 | December 9, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse


"Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1"


I respectfully disagree.

"Number of states won" in cingi's post adds up to 48, instead of the correct number, 50. More importantly, this has been circulating on the Internet since just after Bush-Gore 2000 (

The actual numbers from 2008:

Obama won 28 states -- California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, plus the District of Columbia: Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin -- plus the District of Columbia, a total area of nearly 1.4 million square miles. Included in this list are the 10 smallest -- Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and D.C. Combined, they account for only 60,000 square miles but 65 electoral votes total.

McCain won 22 states -- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming, a total area more than 2.2 million square miles. Ten large McCain states in the Midwest and West -- Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, S Dakota, N Dakota and Oklahoma -- have a combined land area virtually equal to all 28 Obama states (plus D.C.) but only 42 electoral votes total.

Obama got more than 69 million popular votes and 365 electoral votes. McCain got 59.7 million popular votes and 173 electoral votes. If it's true that the Republican counties had more population, I suggest the GOP do a better job of getting out its voters.

Posted by: spotfoul | December 9, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Back on this thread's topic, Barack HUSSEIN Obama just held a press conference wherein he denied ever contacting the Governor or his office about replacing his Senate seat. This contradicts David Axelrod from just two weeks ago that Obama had spoken with Blagojevich. Who's lying?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse


What part of 8 U.S.C. § 1401 don't you understand? I also provided the link to the entire Keyes lawsuit on that thread.

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Jake D

We are waiting for you to quote the section of the US code that would indicate based on the law in 1961 that Obama is not a natural born citizen. You said yesterday you were on an i phone and would give it when you got home.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse


Fine with me.

But just to be "Fair and Balanced" (tm) we'll also need to investigate Bush/Cheney etc. for criminal conspiracy to commit international war crimes. They already seem to be preparing their defense in the media so this shouldn't be a problem.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years

Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that Apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.




Please sign the petitions of Redress at:

Posted by: cingi | December 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse


The grand jury probe is also looking into the Rezko-Obama land deal ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Fitzgerald's got him?
76 page FBI affidavit?
Buh Bye Blogo.
Don't let the iron door
hit you on the way to jail.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 9, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This guy was on the wrong side of ethics for some time in Illinois. Amazing that Obama gets involved as a sort of side player in this drama with his Senate seat. Did he have any sort of knowledge about pay-for-play among with Illinois political friends?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 9, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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