Monday, December 15, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - December 15, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - December 15, 2008



ABC7
-- RNC responds to Blagojevich scandal with criticism - Ben Bradley
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6555452
-- Illinois lawmakers to focus on ousting governor The impeachment process - APhttp://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6555946 (Includes video clip)

NBC5
-- Maybe This Will Dispel Muslim Rumors President-elect takes daughters Christmas tree shopping
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Maybe-This-Will-Dispel-Muslim-Rumors.html

CBS2
-- Illinois Politicians Issue Fresh Calls For Resignation High Profile Attorney Says He'll Defend Governor
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/blagojevich.illinois.politicians.2.887075.html
-- Illinois Legislators Focus On Ousting Governor
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/illinois.officials.resignation.2.887149.html

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- Illinois Republican Party wants special election for Obama seat - Ray Long
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/republicans-hold-special-session-for-obama-seat.html
-- Both combative and optimistic, Blagojevich has alienated others as public turned on him - Christopher Wills
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-illinois-governor-roughshod-rod,0,811092.story
-- Games by Gov. Blago A delusional Howdy Doody - John McCarron
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-oped1215mccarrondec15,0,249855.story
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH 6X9-INCH COLOR PICTURE OF ROD & PATTY KISSING: Illinois lawmakers to sort out Gov. Rod Blagojevich scandal Impeachment, Senate appointment on the agenda - Ray Long and John Chase
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-blago-main-15-dec15,0,663416.story

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- Illinois Republican Party launches drive for special election - Lynn Sweet
http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/12/illinois_gop_sunday_launches_d.html
-- THE ENTIRE FRONT PAGE IS A PHOTO OF BLAGOJEVICH: Blago's plan for Senate Political Drama Gov might not be ready to quit, but he may OK letting voters fill Obama's seat - Chris Fusco, Dave McKinney, and Natasha Korecki
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1331373,CST-NWS-BLAGO15.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Laura Washington argues that at least one of Illinois' two U.S. Senate seats should be held by a Black. Isn't that a racist argument? Far less than half of Illinois' voters are Black.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/washington/1331127,CST-EDT-laura15.article
-- Quinn a good man, but voters should pick senator - Editorial
http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1331141,CST-EDT-edit15b.article
-- Why is state so corrupt? In short: 'This is Illinois' - Rich Miller
http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/1331142,CST-EDT-millercopy15.article

DAILY HERALD
-- FRONT PAGE TOP FOLD WITH 5X8-INCH PICTURE OF BLAGOJEVICH AND TOPINKA: Did we deserve this? Illinois voters apparently ignored feds closing in on Blagojevich - Joseph Ryan (INCLUDES QUOTES FROM: Edgar and McKenna)
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=258147
-- Lawmakers need to fix the system - Cindi Canary, Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=257861
-- White House: No immediate deal on auto loans - AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=258167

CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS
-- Illinois economy: 'Doomsday' is here - Paul Merrion
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/mag/article.pl?articleId=31089

SOUTHTOWN STAR
-- Blagojevich's 'yes men' should have had common sense to say 'no' - Rich Miller
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/miller/1331361,121608miller.article

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
-- Illinois GOP hopes to regain some power Republicans look for same type of surge Democrats received after Ryan scandal - Adriana Colindres
http://www.pjstar.com/news/x225998234/Illinois-GOP-hopes-to-regain-some-power

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
-- Story of Blagojevich abounds with contradictions - Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1049857119/Bernard-Schoenburg-Story-of-Blagojevich-abounds-with-contradictions
-- Poe asks constituents to sign petition supporting impeachment
http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x1049857690/Poe-asks-constituents-to-sign-petition-supporting-impeachment
-- Illinois Republican Party sees hope for revival amid scandal Blagojevich’s troubles overshadow Ryan's - Adriana Colindres
http://www.sj-r.com/blagojevich/x415879000/GOP-sees-hope-for-revival-in-scandal
-- Impeachment process must start now - Editorial
http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x776484707/Our-Opinion-Despite-Supreme-Court-appeal-keep-pushing-for-impeachment

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- Illinois Republican Party unrolls campaign to promote special election - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/mckenna----stat.html
-- Republicans call for good government - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/republicans-cal.html
-- Quinn abandons reform history, the closer he gets to governorship - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/quinn-abandons.html
-- Illinois governor, a national laughingstock - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/illinois-gov-a.html
-- RNC: Questions remain "The Republican National Committee's new video attempting to link Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama and it features Chicago's own Jeff Berkowitz in the opening scene:" - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/rnc-questions-r.html
-- Fox News Greta VanSusteran's "Pay to Play" expose - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/fox-news-greta.html
-- Illinois Republican Party's new ad: We Want a Special Election - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/12/ilgops-new-ad-w.html

CAPITOL FAX
-- Illinois as a Plantation without warm weather - Bill Baar
http://capitalfax.blogspot.com/2008/12/illinois-as-plantation-without-warm.html
(THE ARTICLE: A comment from Lincolnlander over at today's Daily Herald. Illinois's Plantation Politics without Louisiana's warmth. The decline of the Republican party as a principled and meaningful alternative to the Machine has permitted the Machine and its creatures like Blago to run roughshod across the state. Much of the blame must rest with "Big Jim" who took the Republican party down the path to George Ryan whose corrupt attitudes and political positions differed in few meaningful ways from those of the Machine. Principled Republicans like Peter Fitzgerald and Steve Rauschenberger were pushed to the side as the party forgot the honest, middle-class voters who were the natural Republican constituency and the natural resistance to Blagocratic and Machine values. The result has been the transformation of Illinois into a modern plantation, a cold-weather version of Louisiana where a corrupt white elite exchanges its kickbacks on the foundation of massive non-white poverty. It's particularly offensive that this transformation has been accomplished as we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, a man whose life was devoted to individual freedom and human dignity and whose values would be only so much toilet paper to Blago and the Machine that controls "The Land of Lincoln." About sums up today's Illinois.)
-- Rod won’t go; Possible staff mutiny; Impeachment on the agenda - Rich Miller
http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2008/12/15/rod-wont-go-possible-staff-mutiny-impeachment-on-the-agenda/

CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER
-- GOP Should Take Deep Breath and Enjoy Blagojevich Turmoil - Jim Leahy
http://cdobs.com/archive/our-columns/gop-should-take-deep-breath-and-enjoy-blagojevich-turmoil%2C2200/

CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO
-- Edgar: Just Say No to Special Election
http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30871

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
-- Bob Corker, Debbie Stabenow, Tom Cross, Abner Mikva, Roundtable - FNC
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/bob_corker_debbie_stabenow_tom.html

VOICE OF AMERICA
-- Obama Moves Transition Ahead, as Political Crisis Continues in his Home State - Paula Wolfson
http://voanews.com/english/2008-12-14-voa17.cfm

ACCURACY IN MEDIA
-- McCain Takes Aim at RNC Over Illinois Scandal
http://www.aim.org/don-irvine-blog/mccain-takes-aim-at-rnc-over-illinois-scandal/
-- Pro-Homosexual Media Going Bankrupt - Cliff Kincaid
http://www.aim.org/aim-column/pro-homosexual-media-going-bankrupt/

HUMAN EVENTS
-- Who Knew About Blago, and When Did They Know It? - Jack Thompson
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29901

WORLD NET DAILY
-- Son of Soviet spies: Make Obama like us Calls on 'progressive' Democrats to plunge America into socialism - Aaron Klein
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83638

AMERICAN THINKER
-- Notes from the Underbelly of Illinois - Randall Hoven, Alton
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/12/notes_from_the_underbelly_of_i.html

POLITICO
-- McCain scolds GOP for whacking Obama - Mike Allen
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16562.html

THE HILL
-- Illinois Republican Party launches special election campaign - Reid Wilson
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/illinois-gop-launches-special-election-campaign-2008-12-14.html

CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY
-- CQ Transcript: Sen. Bob Corker , Sen. Debbie Stabenow , Illinois State Rep. Tom Cross and Abner Mikva on Fox News Sunday
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002997695
-- CQ Transcript: Mitt Romney, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002997711

REUTERS
-- Embattled Illinois governor won't resign Monday - Peter Bohan
http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSTRE4BD12M20081214

FOX NEWS CHANNEL
-- Transcript: Tom Cross, Abner Mikva on Fox News Sunday
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466838,00.html
-- Illinois Republicans are really turning up the pressure! - Greta Van Susteren
http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/12/14/republicans-are-really-turning-up-the-pressure/

ASSOCIATED PRESS
-- Illinois officials issue fresh calls for resignation - Deanna Bellandi
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hVNAcA-xtCA6PKQ8h5s7dBlD_BKwD952L46G0
-- Illinois governor: Eager for battle, rarely victorious - Christopher Wills
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g4Fdhtf22pl-vbyh4azYCqkQuC-QD952LGQ00
-- Illinois legislators focus on ousting governor - Christopher Wills
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hVNAcA-xtCA6PKQ8h5s7dBlD_BKwD95312T80

UPI
-- Blagjovich, lawmakers consider what to do
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/15/Blagjovich_lawmakers_consider_what_to_do/UPI-56551229342414/

AFP
-- Obama chief of staff Emanuel linked to Blagojevich horse-trading
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hbK78C50ADW2rdksyYbRc4NFyLeQ

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
-- Blagojevich no quitter - no plans to step down tomorrow - Jimmy Orr
http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/12/14/blagojevich-no-quitter-no-plans-to-step-down-tomorrow/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
-- KASS & GIGOT: And It Has, All That Jazz A transcript of the weekend's program on FOX News Channel.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122927107575804713.html?mod=article-outset-box

BLOOMBERG
-- Blagojevich Doesn’t Plan to Resign, Spokesman Says - Joe Carroll and Andrew Harris
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHUjUKSANgM0&refer=home
-- Blagojevich Case Buffs Bipartisan Prosecutor Fitzgerald’s Image - David Voreacos and Andrew Harris
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a5hNNwngOo8E&refer=home

ABC NEWS
-- Illinois Republican Party launches push for special election
http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2008/12/illinois-gop-la.html

CBS NEWS
-- Levin: Bush Won’t Allow Big 3 To Collapse Senators Say President Can Rescue Automakers And Avoid A Legacy Of Bankruptcy "With A Flick Of A Pen"
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/14/ftn/main4667850.shtml

WASHINGTON POST
-- RNC Pushing Hard on Obama-Blago Connection - Chris Cillizza
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/12/rnc_pushing_hard_on_obama-blag.html?hpid=topnews
-- Illinois Republican Party Pushing for Special Election for Senate Seat - Kari Lydersen
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/12/14/illinois_gop_pushing_for_speci.html
-- 2006: Blagojevich v. Topinka: A Tale of Two Ads - Chris Cillizza
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/12/a_tale_of_two_ads.html?nav=rss_blog

NEW YORK TIMES
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: 2 Sides of a Troubled Governor, Sinking Deeper - Monica Davey
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/us/politics/15blagojevich.html?_r=1&hp
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH 3X7-INCH COLOR PICTURE: CHICAGO HEADQUARTERED RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD (RRB): The Disability Board That Couldn’t Say No - Walt Bogoanich and Nicolas Phillips (DIERSEN: During 1989, I was on a GAO audit team that produced a report titled: "Internal Controls for Unemployment Program Improving, but Gaps Remain" GAO subsequently cut back its oversight of RRB. See: http://archive.gao.gov/d24t8/141308.pdf)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/us/15rail.html?hp
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: More proof that your GOPUSA Illinois Editor is neither among the "political and media elites" nor among the "left and right wings of the establishment." FROM WILLIAM KRISTOL'S COMMENTARY: "there is a kind of undeserved disdain, even casual contempt, that seems to characterize the attitude of the political and media elites toward the American auto industry" and "in their disdain for the American auto companies, the left and right wings of the establishment agree. Of course, the particular foci of criticism are different - the left berates the auto companies’ management, the right the United Automobile Workers. But even on the left, while Democratic politicians still try to look out for the interests of the U.A.W., there’s not really that much sympathy for the workers. The ascendant environmentalists disdain (to say the least) the internal combustion engine and everyone associated with it. Most of today’s limousine liberals are embarrassed by their political alliance with the workers who built those limousines. Meanwhile, on the right, free-market analysts have explained that our regulatory scheme of fuel-efficiency standards is counterproductive. But despite the fact that the government is partly responsible for the Big Three’s problems, the right hasn’t really been stirred to enthusiastically promote a deregulatory agenda to help the auto companies. What excites it is mobilizing to oppose bailouts for unionized workers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/opinion/15kristol.html?scp=3&sq=william%20kristol&st=cse

BUFFALO NEWS
-- Blagojevich’s tricks came from the best (Clinton Delay, Gingrich, etc.) - Douglas Turner
http://www.buffalonews.com/149/story/523508.html

USA TODAY-- Even before arrest, Blagojevich had few allies - Judy Keen (ARTICLE INCLUDES QUOTES FROM: Cross, Dillard, and Radogno)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-12-14-tenure_N.htm

AMERICAN LAWYER
-- Defense Lawyers Assess Case Against Blagojevich - Brian Baxter
http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2008/12/defense-lawyers.html

LONDON TIMES
-- Senate scandal snares Obama’s chief aide - Sarah Baxter
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5337807.ece

HULU
-- VIDEO CLIP: Blagojevich SNL video clip
http://www.hulu.com/watch/48720/saturday-night-live-really--gov-blagojevich

YOUTUBE
-- SNL Bleeping Blago - Bleep Obama And Pals? (DIERSEN: Video begins with and repeats a clip from Jeff Berkowitz's 2002 interview of Obama concerning Blagojevich.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEprtmSOlEg
-- SNL: Rod Blagojevich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk5-SKdurmc

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