Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 751)
 

Is The Wall Street Journal Now Covering For Obama In The Blagojevich Scandal?

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Posted by    Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 10:06am 12/27/2008 at 10:06am

The Wall Street Journal has been an exception to the mainstream media rule of unquestioned support for Barack Obama, and to this day the WSJ’s editorial page is one of the few places where Obama’s proposed policies are questioned. But a news article in today’s WSJ, “Reform Law Might Have Aided...

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The Official Guide To Blagojevich Blogs

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Posted by    Friday, December 26, 2008 at 12:04am 12/26/2008 at 12:04am

Welcome to Legal Insurrection’s Official Guide to Blagojevich Blogs. What makes this “official”? The same thing that makes people think the Franklin Mint is related to the U.S. Mint, even though the commercial says it’s not.

These blogs have frequent posts or l...

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NY Times — The Orphan Who Killed Its Parents

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 3:26pm 12/24/2008 at 3:26pm

I recently placed “tags” on my prior posts, to make it easier for readers to find posts by topic. Among the tags were “NY Times” and “media bias.” As I began tagging the stories, however, I realized that every story I tagged “NY Times” also was being tagged “media bias.”

The history...

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The Obama Report: Time to Dust Off Your Dictionaries

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 5:01pm 12/23/2008 at 5:01pm

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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One of the highlights of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s criminal complaint against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, played out dramatically at Fitzgerald’s news conference, was that Blagojevich used extreme profanity to describe Barack Obama’s refusal to make a deal over the selection of a replacement...

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The Illinois Attorney General’s Suit To Remove Blagojevich Looks Even Worse In Retrospect

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Posted by    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:41pm 12/22/2008 at 9:41pm

Thanks to Open Line Blog and Capitol Fax for cross-posting this piece.
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On Friday, December 12, 2008, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion in the Illinois Supreme Court seeking emergency injunctive relief removing Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, or alternatively, stripping Blagojevich of his executive powers. On December 17, 2008,...

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Does Fitzgerald Really Have Blagojevich’s Blue Dress?

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Posted by    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 11:49am 12/21/2008 at 11:49am

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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On December 19, 2008, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich went in front of the television cameras and boldly proclaimed that he had done nothing wrong, much less criminal. Blagojevich pledged to “fight” to his “last breadth,” invoking words similar to Winston Churchill’s “fight on the...

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Blagojevich’s Allusion To Churchill Was Not His Finest Hour

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Posted by    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:27am 12/20/2008 at 10:27am

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich went on television yesterday and gave a speech to remember. What people will remember about the speech are the catchy phrases: “I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath” has received perhaps the most notoriety.

As others have noted, Blagojevich’s “fight”...

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An Alternative to Caroline Kennedy

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:45am 12/19/2008 at 11:45am


Courtesy of Legal Insurrection’s NY City News Bureau

 
 
 

Are Illinois Legislators About To Violate The Federal Wiretap Laws?

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:56am 12/19/2008 at 9:56am

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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During impeachment hearings before the Illinois legislature on Thursday, December 18, 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney, Ed Genson, repeatedly objected to legislators using “illegal” wiretap information as part of the impeachment proceeding. Illinois legislators seemed dismissive, at times opining that they were not necessarily...

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Still Waiting For Law Professors To Boycott The Inauguration

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 5:44pm 12/18/2008 at 5:44pm

As previously reported, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) came under intense pressure to move its annual convention, scheduled to start January 6, 2009, away from the San Diego Grand Hyatt because the hotel is owned by a contributor to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign in...

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What If You Held A Hearing, And Impeachment Happened?

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 2:05pm 12/18/2008 at 2:05pm

I am listening to the Illinois legislature debate health care reimbursement rates and coverage, rule changes with regard to health coverage, and other very important issues affecting the people of Illinois. I’m also learning about JCAR (the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules), and how sausage is made in Illinois government.

Oh,...

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Lisa Madigan’s Lawsuit Almost Caused Irreparable Damage to Illinois

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 7:21am 12/18/2008 at 7:21am

Thanks for Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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The lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office had almost no legal or factual basis. Legally, the lawsuit failed to set forth any authority which would warrant the Illinois Supreme Court supplanting the constitutional impeachment process...

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Illinois Supreme Court Rejects AG Madigan’s Motion To Remove Blagojevich

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 3:07pm 12/17/2008 at 3:07pm

As we predicted repeatedly (here, and here, and

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What Blagojevich’s Impeachment Defense Will Look Like

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:20pm 12/17/2008 at 12:20pm

The Illinois legislature has a problem. It has little guidance as to the standard or procedures for impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and must be mindful of not ruining the criminal prosecution commenced by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Blagojevich will use the legislature’s dilemma to his advantage, put the legislators’ own...

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News Alert: We Already Have A Mileage Tax

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 9:40am 12/17/2008 at 9:40am

Various states, including Rhode Island and North Carolina, are considering taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive. These proposals, understandably, have generated outrage among motorists.

News Alert: There already is a mileage tax. It’s called the gasoline tax. Motorists pay state and federal taxes on each gallon of gasoline they...

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Can’t We Be More Like Europe?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 8:39am 12/17/2008 at 8:39am

Stifling taxes and a large government bureaucracy really work:

The violent unrest that followed the shooting of a 15-year-old boy has driven Greece to the brink of a political crisis. The rioting m...

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Blagojevich 2 – Madigans 0, But Fitzgerald Hasn’t Batted Yet

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:03am 12/17/2008 at 12:03am

The first attempt of Illinois legislators to meet to lay the groundwork for impeaching Gov. Rod Blagojevich didn’t get off the ground. The legislative committee put together by House Speaker Michael Madigan stopped working after less than two hours. Reports indicate that the committee was stymied when U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald...

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