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Ball point pen on todays newsprint Todays papers are filled with news signaling the end of an era. First the announced retirement of representative David Obey and then this piece about the 77 year old Newsweek Magazine going on the block. With subscriptions down and advertisers going to the internet the Washington Post Co. is putting the weekly up for sale. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Illinios Governor Blagojevich was arrested yesterday in the middle of what the US Attorney described as a political corruption crime spree. Blagojevich was taped by the FBI driving a "hard bargain." selling President-Elect Obama's Senate seat. Blagojevich called the Senate seat "a &%$#en valuable thing. You just don't give it away for nothing." "I've got this thing and it's &%^#en golden and uh, uh, I'm not just giving it up for *&%#en nothing," Among the prizes Blagojevich envisioned were a position in Obama's Cabinet, an ambassadorship, a $300,000 job with a union-backed group--even a highly paid position for his wife, Patricia. Of Obama he was taped saying "they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.” ...

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