TOP STORIES 12-10-2008: Gov. Blagoyevich back to work after corruption arrest; Rangel investigation expanded for new allegation; 6 Afghan police killed by U.S. forces accidentally; Oprah embarrassed to be fat... again; Yankees to sign C.C. Sabathia; Will you 'call in gay' today?
- Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich (D) was released on $4500 bail yesterday, and reportedly is returning to work today after being arrested and charged with several acts of corruption, including trying to financially benefit from his power to appoint Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate.Â Illinois lawmakers are now scrambling to craft legislation that will strip the governor of his power to appoint a replacement Senator, which Blagoyevich retains despite having been arrested and charged with crimes.
- The House Ethics committee is expanding its investigation of Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.Â They are now looking into a conflict of interest matter where Rangel is alleged to have supported a tax break for a company that donated money to his namesake Center for Public Service at City College of New York.Â The Ethics Committee was already investigating Rangel for various other potential violations.
- 6 Afghan policemen were killed and 13 wounded by American military forces in an apparent case of mistaken identity.Â A joint statement from the U.S. and Afghan militaries describes the U.S. forces successfully raiding a building and killing a Taliban commander, when they came under (hopefully mistaken) fire by Afghan security forces.Â The police were killed when the Americans used force to defend themselves.
- In the January issue of O magazine, Oprah Winfrey reveals how "embarrassed" she is about gaining 40 pounds in four years, now reaching 200 pounds.Â I don't know, something about Oprah calling her 200-pound self a "fat cow" strikes me potentially hurtful and demeaning to the millions of even-larger fans she has.Â What do you think?
- It's looking like the dreaded Yankees will sign CC Sabathia for a seven year, $160 million contract, the largest in pitching history.Â Might he bring the Yankees their first World Series trophy of this millennium?
- Many gay-rights groups have dubbed today "Call in gay day," asking supporters of gay rights to skip work today in an effort to show just how essential gay people are to the economy.