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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.

— Emily Ngo...

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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?

— Emily Ngo...

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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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Lappin set to enter public advocate race

By Jason Fink

City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin may throw her hat in the ring for public advocate, a member of her staff said.

Lappin (D-Manhattan) is “strongly considering” joining a crowded field to replace Betsy Gotbaum, who does not plan to seek re-election, according to the staff member.

Also expected to run in the Democratic primary next year are Council members...

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Familiar faces

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Robert Gates and Peter Orszag are the last to be named to the Obama administration but there's little overlooking the other candidates' link to President Bill Clinton's inner circle.

Here's amNewYork's breakdown:

Secretary of state: Hillary Clinton

White House chief of staff: Rahm Emanuel, a former senior adviser to Bill Clinton

Attorney general: Eric H. Holder Jr.,...

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Obama splits press into baseball teams

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President-elect Barack Obama certainly knows how to have a little fun. The hardcore White Sox fan this week split the press at his conferences into "White Sox" and "Cubs" sections. The Southside heroes were on right, and the Northside zeroes on his left (pardon my bias), but the reporters' designations seemed arbitrary.

— Emily Ngo...

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New York's well-off: Yes, we can pay taxes

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Though Kevin Johnson will likely feel the income tax bite under Obama, he has donated time and money to the Democrat's campaign. (RJ Mickelson/amNY)

By Emily Ngo

Kevin Johnson cast a ballot for Barack Obama knowing he was likely casting away thousands of his own tax dollars.

The 31-year-old radiologist believes the price is worth a stronger America.

“It’s...

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Is Cuomo the top candidate for Clinton's seat?

By Jason Fink

With Sen. Hillary Clinton all but assured of getting the nod to become President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state, the speculation now is that New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is the front-runner to be her replacement.

One news Website, examiner.com, proclaimed Cuomo the “all but certain” choice for the seat, though several people yesterday...

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