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Blago Spent Whopping $400K on Clothes

Prosecutor accuses Patti of paying for it with suspect Rezko money

(Newser) - Looking as good as Rod Blagojevich does ain’t cheap. The ex-governor and his wife spent $400,000 on clothes while in office or running for it, according to testimony from a government financial analyst at Blagojevich’s corruption trial yesterday. Prosecutors followed that up by playing a wiretap tape... More »

Blago Accidentally Reveals Allegations Against Obama

Screw-up reveals redacted info

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked the judge to subpoena Barack Obama yesterday with a motion that was supposed to be heavily redacted. But whoever redacted it did a lousy job; the blacked out text could be easily read just by copying and pasting it, as Capital Fax revealed. Here's what... More »

Blago Book: Senate Deal 'Routine' Politics

Former Illinois gov admits only 'routine' backroom dealing

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich’s memoir makes the case for his innocence with a lot of help from Shakespeare, the Chicago Tribune reports. While blaming his woes specifically on five enemies, he likens his plight to that of Othello and Lear. “You might as well throw in a little Richard the... More »

Krauthammer: Why Ayers, Rezko Matter

Obama's links reveal his character, despite what media say

(Newser) - Raising the specter of Barack Obama’s ties with the likes of Bill Ayers is perfectly legitimate, and John McCain's only fault is that he didn't start sooner, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. These associations “provide a significant insight into character” and “are particularly relevant” for... More »

Good News, Barack: Rezko Sentencing Postponed

Oct. 28 date may have meant bad publicity for Obama

(Newser) - A federal judge has postponed political fund-raiser Tony Rezko’s October 28 sentencing indefinitely, potentially lightening Barack Obama's political load, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rezko has been linked to Obama, and his sentencing for improper financial dealings could have meant bad publicity just before the election. The delay is a... More »

Remember Keating 5? Obama Would Like to Remind You

Video shows Mac's ties to scandal 'similar' to current financial crisis

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a video attack on John McCain’s role in the “Keating Five” scandal in the savings-and-loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Politico reports. The video will appear online today amid what the Obama camp calls “guilt-by-association” tactics... More »

Obama Gets Tough in Sharp New Ads

Camp launching preemptive counter-assault

(Newser) - Barack Obama is getting his political jujitsu on, reports Politico, launching a preemptive strike against John McCain’s upcoming attack ads with an aggressive message of his own: McCain is erratic and out of touch. The McCain camp plans to run ads next week tying Obama to a convicted money... More »

Rezko Guilty on 16 Counts of Fraud, Corruption

Obama has links to Chicago developer, but trouble worse for Ill. Gov. Blagojevich

(Newser) - Chicago developer Tony Rezko was found guilty today of 16 federal counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, corrupt solicitation and money laundering, WLS-TV reports. Rezko, whose links to Barack Obama have brought the Democrat some controversy, also has fundraising ties to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich; witnesses said Blagojevich OK'd giving... More »

Rezko Pal, Rove Tried to Oust US Attorney, Witness Says

They deny allegations about Patrick Fitzgerald

(Newser) - One of Tony Rezko's associates conspired with Karl Rove to try to get US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald fired to quash a federal investigation of Rezko, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prosecutors hope a judge will allow testimony to that effect in Rezko's corruption trial. Rove denies the allegations, as does the... More »

Obama: Rezko Raised $250K, Asked No Favors

Candidate gives the lowdown on his dealings with Chicago tycoon

(Newser) - Barack Obama, hoping to head off future controversy, has given newspapers an extensive account of his dealings with indicted Chicago tycoon Tony Rezko. Obama told the Chicago Tribune that Rezko, his first big political donor, raised as much as $250,000 for his campaigns over the years—$90,000 more... More »

Obama, Media Spar Over Coverage

Reporters turn tables on candidate, say Clinton got raw deal

(Newser) - One day after a grueling press conference, Barack Obama told reporters they were buying into flimsy grievances about media bias, the New York Times reports. “I am a little surprised that all the complaining about the refs has worked,” he said of the Clinton camp's gripes. Indeed, journalists... More »

Rezko Corruption Trial Begins

Jury selection gets under way for accused Chicago businessman with ties to governor, Obama

(Newser) - With jury selection beginning for the corruption trial of Chicago businessman and political fundraiser Tony Rezko, the Chicago Sun-Times offers some background on the key facets of the case. Rezko, a Syrian-born real estate and fast-food tycoon who established footholds in the Illinois governor's circles, is accused of pocketing illegal... More »

Clinton: No Nomination, No Tax Returns

Obama campaign blasts Hillary as not 'fully vetted'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign said yesterday that it will not release the Democratic candidate’s tax returns unless she wins the party’s nod, the Swamp reports. Obama’s campaign attacked Clinton for the move. "Why should Democratic voters have to wait until after the primary campaign is over... More »

Indicted Obama Supporter Back in Jail

Judge revokes bond for shady real estate developer Rezko

(Newser) - Antoin Rezko is back in custody today after a federal judge revoked his bond, the Chicago Tribune reports. The indicted real estate developer and longtime Barack Obama contributor was arrested early this morning at home for an undisclosed violation of his $2 million bond. Rezko had been out on bail... More »

Sketchy Donor Could Sully Obama's Image

Chicago businessman Rezko, headed for trial, bundled $200K to Dem

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s relationship with a longtime contributor facing federal fraud charges could mar the candidate’s image as a politician unfettered by special interests. On Monday, Hillary Clinton slammed Obama with the allegation that he represented Antoin Rezko, a “slum landlord.” While that was an exaggeration, Rezko’... More »

Hillary Keeps Jabbing as Obama Parries

Edwards plays 'grown up'; Obama gets key SC endorsement

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton kept the verbal battle alive today by reiterating that Barack Obama a "frustrated" former "slumlord" who “clearly came last night looking for a fight,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Obama retaliated from the high road, vowing a "different kind of politics" and saying that... More »

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