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NY Times’ Clinton-Blagojevich Impeachment Double Standard

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 2:33pm 12/28/2008 at 2:33pm

What a difference a decade makes. In the fall of 1998, President Bill Clinton faced impeachment for obstruction of justice and perjury in giving false and misleading testimony under oath regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Congressional impeachment proceedings, while focused on the issue of testimony under oath, were against the...

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Illinois Bond Funding Agreement Pulls Last Leg From Madigan Lawsuit Against Blagojevich

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 12:31pm 12/16/2008 at 12:31pm

Thanks to Illinois Review and Backyard Conservative for cross-posting this piece.
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Reuters is reporting that “Illinois will...

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Michael Madigan Undermines Lisa Madigan, With Good Reason

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:14am 12/16/2008 at 9:14am

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan has announced that in six days the Illinois legislature will convene a committee to begin considering whether the Illinois legislature should commence impeachment proceedings against Governor Rod Blagojevich. This measured announcement seriously undermines Speaker Madigan’s daughter, Attorney...

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Blagojevich is Winning the Game of Twister — So Far

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 15, 2008 at 11:28am 12/15/2008 at 11:28am

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is running circles around Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, at least so far.

Reports that Gov. Blagojevich is open to signing legislation for a special election for Barack Obama’s open Senate seat puts the AG in an impossible position. If the AG supports Gov. Blagojevich signing such legislation,...

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From the Archives: Rahm Emmanuel Held Secretive Fundraiser For Blagojevich in 2006

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:08am 12/15/2008 at 10:08am

In the age of the internet, it’s hard to play the “Rod, we hardly knew you” game. This from a June 27, 2006 report on a fundraiser held in Washington D.C. for Rod Blagojevich hosted by … Rahm Emanuel:

June 27, 2006 (Last Updated: 4:45 PM) (WLS) — Members of Illinois’ political...

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