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Impeachment in Blago’s future?

Illinois lawmakers were unanimous on how they should handle disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich — potential impeachment. And the embattled Democrat signaled he isn't going down without a fight.

Lawmakers Monday quickly shelved the idea of setting a special election where voters would fill the vacant Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama — the seat the governor is accused of trying to sell before his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.

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Senator Obama, you’re no Abe Lincoln

President-elect Barack Obama is many things, including a groundbreaker in the world of Presidential politics but his obsession with comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln is starting to rub some Presidential historians the wrong way.

They say Obama's ego is out of control when it comes to his constant comparisons of himself to Lincoln and they point to the President-elect's brazen attempts to overemphasize his place in history.

Lincoln, they point out, was known for his humility. Obama, they add, is known more for his lack of it.

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Blago weighs his legal options

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich met with a renowned Chicago criminal lawyer Saturday as he weighed his legal options on how to fight a scandal that has left his career in tatters and disrupted President-elect Barack Obama's White House transition.

The Democratic governor had a four-hour meeting with Ed Genson in the lawyer's downtown office Saturday. Genson has defended newspaper baron Conrad Black, R&B singer R. Kelly and numerous public figures on corruption charges, earning a reputation as the lawyer big shots call when they get in a bind in Chicago.

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What are Obama’s true colors?

A perplexing new chapter is unfolding in Barack Obama's racial saga: Many people insist that "the first black president" is actually not black.

Debate over whether to call this son of a white Kansan and a black Kenyan biracial, African-American, mixed-race, half-and-half, multiracial — or, in Obama's own words, a "mutt" — has reached a crescendo since Obama's election shattered assumptions about race.

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Obama’s challenges continue to grow

President-elect Barack Obama, relatively young and inexperienced, is facing a rapidly growing list of monumental challenges as he prepares to take the reins of a nation in turmoil.

"I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead," Obama said after his historic election a little more than a month ago.

It was a sobering assessment at the time, but the country's problems have only worsened since then. Now, Obama sounds dire, particularly as he talks about the economy: "We're in an emergency."

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Obama under fire for silence on scandal

Republicans are criticizing President-elect Barack Obama's silence over contacts his aides may have had with disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying he is breaking promises to bring openness to government.

"While it is encouraging that the president-elect has stated his office will disclose contacts with the scandal-ridden governor, it remains disappointing that his actions are in response to political pressure," Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan said.

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Obama promises answers in Blago scandal

President-elect Barack Obama says he will release in a matter of days the results of an internal investigation into what conversations his aides and advisers may have had with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The internal probe, which aides described as thorough, is looking to root out every contact between Obama's camp and Blagojevich's camp, according to the Obama camp. There was no clear timeline for the self-investigation to end, although Obama told reporters Thursday he would make the results public during "the next few days."

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Silver linings from the Blago bust

The age-old question of Chicago politics has always been, "Where's mine?" As in, "You got yours, now I want mine."

For Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the answer came when Barack Obama was elected president and his vacant Senate seat was Blagojevich's exclusively to fill. "F------ golden," as the governor quickly and alertly saw. ""I'm just not giving it up for f------ nothing."

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Obama says Blagojevich should resign

President-elect Barack Obama called on the Democratic governor of Illinois to resign on Wednesday after he was charged with trying to sell Obama's U.S. Senate seat and swap favors for money.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Gov. Rod Blagojevich needed to step down because "under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois."

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