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Report: Rahmbo and Blago chatted

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Blagojevich and Emanuel circa 2003. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

President-elect Barack Obama is being careful. Very careful.

Obama is so intent on disassociating himself from scandal-plagued Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he commissioned and completed a thorough report on his newly appointed staff's every relationship, conversation, suggestive glance with and at Blagojevich.

The...

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Don't appoint Caroline "just because"

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By LaShawnda Jones

Is giving away a Senate seat really better than selling one?

I don’t think so. Though, intrigued by the idea of Caroline Kennedy becoming a New York senator, I don’t believe such a political position should be handed to someone just because ... just because she’s interested. Just because she knows people who can put her in the position. Just because...

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Man throws shoes at Bush in Iraq

By Pete Catapano

The president's surprise visit to Iraq took a bizarre turn when a man threw both of his shoes at him during a news conference today. The attacker missed, and the president laughed off the incident later.

"All I can report," Bush joked later, "is a size 10," the AP reported.

Check out the video:

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Not as honest as Abe: Illinois politics on the shady side

“The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said of allegations that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich brazenly schemed to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job in the new administration. What about these five Illinois governors?

2006: Republican George Ryan, 74 was convicted on federal corruption charges and...

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Pronounce Blagojevich, Ahmadinejad with ease

Illinois-bred amNY staffers can do it, but if you also want to be an expert at pronouncing Gov. Rod Blagojevich's name, use Slate's handy audio guide.

And it was The View's Whoopi Goldberg who got us pronouncing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's name somewhat correctly:

Now ... try to pronounce my last name.

— Emily Ngo...

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Think Blagojevich is the worst? Maybe not

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Shameless: Blagojevich isn’t necessarily the slimiest of American politicians. Here are others:

Tom DeLay: Ex-GOP Texas congressman and House majority leader indicted on charges for conspiracy to violate election laws, including phone jamming and accepting lobbyists’ gifts, and money laundering in 2005.

Duke Cunningham: GOP Californian congressman quit in 2005 after...

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Obarkozy takes France

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Seriously, how famous is Shepard Fairey now?

The artist's iconic image of Barack Obama has seamlessly translated to French politics. And with a chilling effect.

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Gawker's podium watch

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Gawker makes a very, very fair point: Why does Obama's podium hate women?

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Clinton pick: Rivalry breeds achievement

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The announcement of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state to the Obama administration thrills those who view rivalry and competition as the essential element in achievement.

Some political analysts consider the Clinton appointment — in combination with the continuation of Robert Gates as defense secretary — a great risk, but Obama’s “team of rivals”...

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