Burris Joins Senate Thursday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 6:20 PM CST
Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris gestures during a news conference in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – At least one aspect of the Rod Blagojevich soap opera will end Thursday: Roland Burris will be sworn into the Senate at 2pm EST, the Hill reports. Dick Cheney will do the honors in the Senate chamber, and a ceremonial re-enactment will follow elsewhere in the building for Burris' family (and the media). The development comes after Senate Democratic leaders dropped their objections yesterday.