The Ill in Illinois
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested yesterday on charges that the governor attempted to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat in exchange for financial benefits for the governor and his wife, Patti.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the government had bugged the governor’s campaign office, placed a tap on his home phone and listened to the governor talk about wanting possible deals. Blagojevich was recorded saying things like this of the Senate seat: “I’ve got this thing and it’s f—ing golden and uh, uh, I’m not just giving it up for f—ing nothing.”
So far Blagojevich refuses to resign and, out on bail, says he’s even going to work today. CNN
Day without a Gay
While Blagojevich may be going to work today, many of America’s gay and lesbian workers won’t. Today is national Day Without a Gay, a loosely organized protest intended as a statement against California’s ban on same-sex marriage and other political developments considered anti-gay. Gay and lesbian workers are being asked to “call in gay” today and stay home from work. Some are also calling for a boycott of all economic activity to highlight the gay community’s financial power. Others want gays and lesbians to spend the day volunteering for worthy causes to demonstrate their compassion, which could win new sympathy to their cause. ChicagoTribune.com
Queen of Talk tells all
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has always been frank about her struggle with weight and in the January issue of “O” magazine Winfrey confesses she now weighs 200 pounds and has “fallen off the wagon” when it comes to healthy living. The cover of the magazine shows an image of a thin Winfrey from 2005 and a present day picture of her with the quote “How did I let this happen again?” MSNBC