President Barack Obama on Saturday savored his first major victory in Congress with the newly passed $787 billion economic stimulus package. Obama is expected to sign the measure tomorrow in Denver. Obama described the bill’s passage as a “major milestone on our road to recovery.” Despite Obama’s goal of bipartisanship, the bill passed Friday with lawmakers largely voting along party lines. The Senate approved the measure 60-38 with three Republican moderates providing crucial support. Hours earlier, the House vote was 246-183, with all Republicans opposed to the package of tax cuts and federal spending that Obama has made the centerpiece of his plan for economic recovery. USA Today
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Illinois Republican leaders on Sunday called for a perjury investigation of Sen. Roland Burris, questioning if he “purposely deceived the public” last month by failing to tell state lawmakers that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother solicited him for campaign cash. Burris confirmed Sunday that Blagojevich’s brother, Rob, asked him to contribute or help raise money before the governor tapped Burris on December 30 to fill President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
“I made clear to him I would not contribute [to the governor’s campaign] because it would be inappropriate because I had expressed my interest in the Senate seat,” Burris, a Democrat, told reporters at a news conference. “I did not donate one single dollar.” CNN
Sonic booms and at least one fireball in the sky were reported in Texas on Sunday, less than a week after two satellites collided in space and a day after the Federal Aviation Administration asked U.S. pilots to watch for “falling space debris.” There were no reports of ground strikes or interference with aircraft in flight and the FAA received no reports from pilots in the air of any sightings, but the agency did received numerous calls from people on the ground from Dallas, Texas, south to Austin, Texas. Video shot by a photographer from an Austin TV station showed what appeared to be a meteor-like white fireball blazing across a clear blue sky Sunday morning. CNN
Daytime TV will have its first lesbian wedding today as “All My Children” characters Reese Williams (Tamara Braun) and Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) — the daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) — tie the knot. ET Online