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Illinois Attorney General Threatens to Act Against Blagojevich

Posted: 12/11/2008 - There's been no word from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday morning, but other Illinois officials are ratcheting up their demands for his resignation. He was arrested Tuesday on charges that he put President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat up for sale. White House officials say that President Bush feels that the allegations against the Governor are "astounding."

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Jesse Jackson Jr: 'I'm Not Target of Investigation'

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Wednesday he openly sought appointment to Barack Obama's Senate seat but denied offering favors in return to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and said he was not involved "whatsoever in any wrongdoing."

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Former Congressman L.F. Payne Endorses Brian Moran for Governor

Posted: 12/10/2008 - L. F. Payne, the former Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district and chairman of Mark Warner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, announced his endorsement of Delegate Brian Moran for Governor in 2009 on Wednesday.

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Obama's Inauguration Includes Martin Luther King Service, Honors Tuskagee Airmen

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration will be a four-day affair, replete with the traditional balls but also featuring service projects to honor Martin Luther King's holiday, aides said Wednesday. Obama is also honoring African-American veterans. The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots who fought in World War II, have been invited to attend President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Update: Judge says Late Ballots Likely Won't be Counted

Updated: 12/08/2008 - A federal judge says he's unlikely to order Virginia election officials to count late absentee ballots from overseas military personnel. However, U.S. District Judge Richard Williams directed the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Justice Department to work out a procedure to ensure the timely mailing of ballots to service men and women in future elections.

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Another Former Rival Joins Obama's Cabinet

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Gov. Richardson says he doesn't think of himself as an Obama rival. Wednesday, President Elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to run the Commerce department. The two ran against each other for President.

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New Developments in Virginia's 5th District Race

Updated: 12/03/2008 - It's been about a month since hundreds of thousands cast their ballots in a race between democrat Tom Perriello and incumbent Virgil Goode. Tuesday, the case of the race that's separated by just a few hundred votes, moved forward in court.

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Some May Not Approve of Obama's Cabinet Choices

Updated: 12/01/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama named his national security team, but political pundits at the UVa Center for Politics say his choices may not sit well with everyone.

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Clinton Named Secretary of State, Gates Staying on with Defense

Updated: 12/01/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq. Obama picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. At a news conference, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.

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Obama Names Budget Director

Updated: 11/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama named Peter Orszag as his budget director on Tuesday and said his job will be to conduct a thorough review of federal spending programs, "eliminating those programs we don't need and insisting that those we do need operate in a cost-effective way." With the economy in crisis, Obama said, "Budget reform is not an option. It's a necessity."

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Obama Names Economic Team

Updated: 11/24/2008 - On Monday, President-Elect Barack Obama unveiled the top members of his economic team, beginning with New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner to be his treasury secretary. Obama called on the new Congress to act quickly in passing a costly stimulus package to create jobs as a follow-up to the hundreds of billions of dollars the Bush administration has committed to rescue financial markets.

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Update: Goode Calls for a Recount in 5th District Race

Updated: 11/24/2008 - The State Board of Elections has certified challenger Tom Perriello as the winner over Republican Congressman Virgil Goode. The board on Monday certified Perriello as the winner by 745 votes in the 5th District congressional race. Goode has called for a recount.

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Cantor Moves Up Republican Ranks

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Congressman Eric Cantor nabs the second highest post for a congressional Republican. Also, watch a full, unedited version of our interview with Cantor in a web exclusive.

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Arlington Lawyer, Dave Foster, Enters 2009 Attorney General Race

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Arlington lawyer, Dave Foster is the third Republican to enter the Party's sweepstakes for the 2009 attorney general race. Foster, elected to the school board in heavily Democratic Arlington, is running against state Senator Ken Cuccinelli and former federal prosecutor John Brownlee for the GOP nomination.

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Rep. Cantor Becomes Minority Party Whip

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Republican leadership will shift slightly to the right with the addition of two members of the party's conservative wing. Eric Cantor of Virginia will become the Republican party whip.

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Obama Appears Close to Naming Eric Holder Attorney General

Posted: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's aides have been privately talking to senators about whether Washington attorney Eric Holder would be confirmed as the next attorney general. The talks suggest that Obama is deeply interested in Holder, who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department under President Clinton.

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