Paul Slansky's Weekly Index of the News

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Ayers, Bill
•ongoing unrepentance of for terrorist acts of

Blagojevich, Rod
awareness of that a list of things that constituted an acceptable exchange for a Senate seat "can't be in writing"

brazenness of is repeatedly noted, possibly because of quotes like, "If anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it ... I don't care whether you tape me privately or publicly, I can just tell you that whatever I say is always lawful and the things I'm interested in doing are always lawful"

curiosity of as to whether Obama could help get wife of on "paid corporate boards right now"

desire of "to make money"

intention of "to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself"

•Obama's instinct to distance self from

•Obama's rumored first choice as his replacement is dismissed by because her campaign is "not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F--- them."

•resentment of at being told to "suck it up" and give this "motherf---er the President-elect his senator. F--- him. For nothing? F--- him"

•right to appoint senator of is said by to be "f---ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f---in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there"

•right to appoint senator of is said by to be "a f---ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing"

•speculation by as to whether, if impeachment as governor seemed likely, a Senate candidate could be counted on, "if things got hot, to give [the Senate seat] up and let me parachute over there"

unhappiness of about Chicago Tribune's ongoing criticisms of

wife of is heard in background on phone call saying "f---" a lot

Bush, George W.
•document is sent out to officials in administration of suggesting nice summing-up things to say to reporters about

Craig, Larry
•Minnesota appeals court rejects efforts of to withdraw guilty plea to shenanigans in airport men's room

Daily Show, The
•Rod Blagojevich is mocked by

•Rod Blagojevich is mocked some more by

•Rod Blagojevich is mocked still more by

Hollywood Foreign Press Association
•Golden Globe Award nominees are selected by 83 members of

Jackson, Jesse Jr.
innocence of is declared by

Justice Department
•reluctance of to give the Obama transition team access to classified legal opinions that were used by the CIA and the National Security Agency to justify, among other breaches of civil liberties, warrantless spying, indefinite detention and, of course, the use of torture

Leno, Jay
•abdication of 23% of NBC's prime time schedule to toothless comedy of

McCain, John
•heretofore unhinted at distaste of Joe the Plumber for

•position as Meet the Press moderator is awarded by to reporter who fancies self hard-hitting yet was captured for all eternity yukking it up on stage with Karl Rove

Obama, Barack
•collapse of huge chunks of the world economy is foreseen by aides to

•is described by lawyer Philip Berg — rather hyperbolically, one would have to say — as "the most notorious criminal in the history of this planet"

Page, Bettie
passing of

Perino, Dana
"Obama administration" is prematurely referred to by

Powell, Colin
•Republican party is urged to "take a hard look at itself" by

Simpson, O.J.
•self felt sorry for by

•self not felt sorry for by Goldmans

Sullivan, Andrew
•circumstances surrounding the birth of Trig Palin are still found suspicious by

Supreme Court
•Obama's alleged ineligibility to be President will not be taken up by

von Bulow, Sunny
•coma is not emerged from by

Winfrey, Oprah
•surprise of at once again finding self fat