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Ill. lawmakers can't move up action on Senate seat

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Illinois lawmakers won't meet until next week to consider removing his power to fill the seat despite worries about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plans for a vacant U.S. Senate seat.

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Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

Posted: 12/10/2008 - A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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EPA drops rule easing power plants rules

Posted: 12/10/2008 - The Bush administration is scrapping plans to make it easier for older coal-fired power plants to upgrade without installing new pollution controls.

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Republican senators voice opposition to auto aid

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Senate Republicans say they have grave concerns about the agreement between congressional Democrats and the Bush White House to speed billions of dollars to struggling U.S. automakers.

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Senate Dems urge Ill. gov not to make appointment

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Senate Democrats are warning Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich not to name a replacement for President-elect Barack Obama, hinting they may refuse to allow his choice to take the Senate seat.

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Federal deficit totals $164.4B in November

Posted: 12/10/2008 - The federal government registered a record budget deficit for the month of November, reflecting the impact of a recession on tax receipts and the mounting costs of the $700 billion financial rescue program.

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Wamp emphasizes 'second chance' after drug past

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Zach Wamp is looking to defuse the political impact of a past that included a cocaine addiction by emphasizing a "second chance at life" he received after he quit using drugs 25 years ago.

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Obama teams outlines 4-day inauguration schedule

Posted: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration will be a four-day event, featuring the traditional balls plus a national day of service to honor Martin Luther King's holiday.

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Ill. gov. heads to work with no comment on charges

Posted: 12/10/2008 - The governor of Illinois has returned to work -- a day after he was arrested and accused of scheming to enrich himself by selling President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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Before handout, Wall Street bankrolled conventions

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Wall Street financial institutions now being bailed out by the federal government spent millions underwriting the Democratic and Republican conventions weeks before the firms came to Washington looking for a handout.

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Dem source: Obama to name environmental figure

Posted: 12/10/2008 - A Democratic official says Presidential-elect Barack Obama has selected a deputy mayor of Los Angeles to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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Durbin urges special election to succeed Obama

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois says the state's legislature should order a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat rather than allow Gov. Rod Blagojevich to pick a new senator.

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US Atty: Not alleging Obama knew of Ill. gov. plan

Posted: 12/09/2008 - The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says his office is making "no allegations" that President-elect Barack Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Rice, Clinton dine on sea bass, American diplomacy

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and designated successor Hillary Rodham Clinton have met and broken bread for the first time since the former first lady was tapped to become America's next top diplomat.

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NY Rep. King interested in NY Senate

Posted: 12/09/2008 - New York Republican Rep. Peter King tells The Associated Press he is preparing for a run for the New York Senate, even if that means facing off against Caroline Kennedy for the seat now held by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Tennessee GOP chief foresees new legislative map

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Tennessee Republican Chairman Robin Smith is looking for GOP majorities in the state Legislature to get bigger when new districts are drawn after the census in 2010.

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