The jury overseeing his criminal trial has hinted that it cannot agree unanimously on all of the charges filed against the controversial former Illinois governor and his brother.
Much has been learned about Blagojevich since video tapes were leaked indicating he was willing to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder. Yet no other political figure has oddly fared so well. Blagojevich's own slate of media appearances before and during the trial have clearly contributed, said one critic.
"Blago's neverending media appearances (Letterman, Leno, Celebrity Apprentice, etc.) have already ensured his post-courtroom cache," reported NBC Chicago's "Ward Room." "To the national public, if not to Illinois, he'll always be an amiable, jazz-handed, brassier-than-thou rodent."
The judge who overturned California's Proposition 8 will issue a decision today as to whether or not California may resume issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Since the judge issued the 136-page decision two weeks ago, the San Francisco-based jurist has become a high topic of conversation - not just for his political and legal motivations, but also questions about his own personal background.
AOL News' David Knowles offered this summary about Judge Walker following the decision:
"Who appointed him? Walker is a Reagan appointee who was promoted by George H.W. Bush to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 1989.
"What's his political persuasion? He is known for being fiercely independent and pro-privacy. He has also been widely reported to be a libertarian."
Coincidentally, Walker is presiding over the federal government's warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens during during George W. Bush's administration, Knowles added.
The highly decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot announced yesterday that he will file an appeal with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court after a military commission recommended that he be discharged under â€˜"Don't Ask, Don't Tell." His lawyers have also asked that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley override the recommendation.
"The Air Force's pending discharge of Lt. Col. Fehrenbach does not pass muster under the United States Constitution," said one his attorneys, M. Andrew Woodmansee, in a statement. "The Air Force did not prove - as it was required to - that his continued service hurts morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion. They can't prove it because it isn't true. Even while under investigation for the past two years, Lt. Col. Fehrenbach continues to be highly regarded by fellow officers and continues to receive excellent evaluations from his commanders."
Fehrenbach is one of the highest-ranking officers to face DADT. He told The New York Times yesterday that he has been deployed six times as a weapons system officer in charge of guiding missiles and detecting targets. Additionally, he flew almost 90 combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. He was grounded in 2008 at Mountain Home Air Force Base in the Air Force after allegations that he sexually assaulted a civilian and violated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
The creator of "Cathy" announced yesterday that she will end the syndicated comic strip on October 3 after 34 years. More than 1,400 newspapers carried the strip that featured the often frazzled American working girl.
The 59-year-old Guisewite says she is taking time now to help her daughter transition to college and spend time with her elderly parents. She added that she wanted to respond to a "creative biological clock, which is urging me to try something else while I can."
"Cathy" was first introduced nationally in 1976 in the midst of the women's rights era. Yet the lead character was the antithesis of Mary Tyler Moore's working woman. There were bad hair days, impulse buys, comfortable pants, and Saturday nights spent on the couch with junk food as her only date.
Guisewite is clearly the strip's inspiration. She was an advertising executive when she launched it at her mother's urging, often bouncing ideas off her sister, also a successful advertising executive. Like her doppleganger, Guisewite has admitted to a somewhat infantile dependence to her mother. She adopted a daughter as a single woman around age 35, and, like her character, married late in her career.