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As Trial Resumes, Blagojevich Worries About Daughters

Former governor says he's preparing the girls

(Newser) - Jury selection resumes Monday in the retrial for Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges, and the former Illinois governor tells the Chicago Tribune that he's mostly worried about how daughters Annie, 8, and Amy, 14, will handle a possible jail sentence for their dad. "I explained to her that... More »

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 »

Politics' Silliest Moments of '09

From Dancin' DeLay to Roberts' inaugural flub, 'twas a weird year

(Newser) - Politics isn’t always a deadly serious game of statesmanship. Sometimes it’s goofy. Politico recalls the most bizarre moments of 2009:
  • Barack Obama sworn in—twice: Obama joked that they’d done it because “we decided it was so much fun.”
  • Sarah Palin resigns: Even her aides
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I'm a Celebrity Voters Boot Patti Blagojevich

(Newser) - Patti Blagojevich survived 23 days in the Costa Rican jungle, but she won't be a reality TV champ, reports the Chicago Tribune. Viewers voted Blagojevich off the NBC series I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here tonight. The wife of Illinois' notorious ex-governor took her husband's place on the... More »

Mrs. Blago Thrives in the Jungle

Illinois viewers groan as ex-gov's wife munches tarantuala, discusses hubby

(Newser) - Patti Blagojevich is proving to be more popular in the Costa Rican jungle than in Illinois, the New York Times reports. Blagojevich's fellow D-list celebs on reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here voted to make the wife of disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich immune from elimination by... More »

Reality TV Gig Goes to Mrs. Blagojevich

Will take husband's place on NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity...'

(Newser) - Patti Blagojevich may take the spot originally offered to her husband on NBC’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The couple's lawyers don’t like the idea, but sources say the deal is likely, with Patti headed to LA to hash... More »

Feds Hit Blago's Wife With Subpoena

Former first lady of Illinois must supply wide range of documents to authorities

(Newser) - Federal investigators subpoenaed Patti Blagojevich today, requiring the former first lady of Illinois to supply documents concerning the corruption charges against her husband, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Blagojevich is said to have complied with the subpoena, which demanded that she provide information on more than 40 people or entities, ranging... More »

Blago Wanted to Quit, Says Father-in-Law

Chicago power broker says daughter's hubby hoped to avoid ouster

(Newser) - Illinois' newest ex-governor wanted to jump before he was pushed, Rod Blagojevich's estranged father-in-law tells the Chicago Sun-Times. Richard Mell, a powerful Chicago alderman credited with launching Blago's career, says his son-in-law, despite his denials, wanted to avoid being ousted "but he didn't reach out to anybody" in state... More »

Blago's Wife Axed by Charity

Patti Blagojevich paid $100K as fundraiser

(Newser) - The wife of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been fired from her $100,000-a-year job as development director of a Chicago charity that runs a state-of-the-art homeless shelter, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Patti Blagojevich had been hired to help double the million dollars raised annually by the Christian Industrial... More »

McCain 'Can't Promise' to Support Palin for Prez

Tells ABC his 'corpse is still warm,' and there are other 'great governors'

(Newser) - John McCain can't guarantee that he would back his own vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin if she ran for president in 2012, he conceded in a surprisingly weak show of support on ABC's This Week. McCain praised Palin, but repeatedly ducked questions about backing her in a future... More »

FBI Circled Around Blago's Wife for a Year

She dropped real estate work amid questions about clients paying for influence

(Newser) - She's known for ranting on an FBI tape—but that wasn’t the first time Patricia Blagojevich’s name has surfaced in the corruption probe of her governor husband, the Chicago Tribune reports. A federal investigation that began a year ago prompted Mrs. Blago to quit real estate work amid... More »

Patti Is Not a 'Potty Mouth,' Family Says

Feds' wiretap recording paints off-color image of Mrs. Blagojevich

(Newser) - Illinois’ first lady is not the “potty mouth” the feds and Barbara Walters make her out to be, Patti Blagojevich’s family tells the Chicago Sun-Times. While conceding that Patti can be “standoffish," state legislator Deborah Mell said yesterday, “that is absolutely not my sister,”... More »

Blago Dialogue Worthy of Mamet

(Newser) - An astute reader of the criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich will notice that, with shockingly little tweaking, the wiretapped conversations between the Illinois governor and his co-conspirators could be dialogue from a David Mamet play. Choire Sicha demonstrates in Salon, turning it into a quick one-acter. From the trash-talking femme... More »

Complaint Shows Blago's Wife Plotted With Him

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich's wife was deeply involved in his alleged scheming, the Chicago Tribune reports, based on details in the federal complaint against the Illinois governor. Though Patricia Blagojevich has not been charged with a crime, she was a vocal party to wiretapped conversations. In one recording, she can be heard... More »

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