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Obama speaks about the upcoming Inauguration

1/17/09: Your Weekly Address

In his final weekly address before assuming office, President-elect Barack Obama speaks about the upcoming Inauguration activities.

Added: Run TIme: 04:06

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Obama’s Inauguration to be Costliest in History

Special Report w/ Bret Baier.(1-14-09).

01/10/09: President-Elect Obama’s Weekly Address

In this week’s address, President-elect Barack Obama highlights the challenges facing our struggling economy and introduces a report being drafted by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein.


Obama picks defense lobbyist as deputy defense secretary

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President-elect Obama's campaign speeches often mentioned reducing the influence of lobbyists and special interests on the federal government.

President-elect Obama’s campaign speeches often mentioned reducing the influence of lobbyists and special interests on the federal government.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama, who campaigned on lessening the influence of lobbyists in government, has chosen a defense expert who is currently a vice president and lobbyist for one of the country’s biggest defense contractors to be his deputy secretary of defense.

Obama’s transition office announced that William Lynn, an undersecretary of defense in President Bill Clinton’s second term, is nominated to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ deputy.

Lynn is currently a senior vice president at Raytheon, which has billions of dollars in Defense Department contracts and is the maker of the Army’s Patriot Missile system and the Tomahawk missile used by the Navy. The company is also developing a global positioning satellite communication system with the Air Force.

As deputy secretary, Lynn would be involved in the process of budgeting and acquisitions, in addition to running the day-to-day operations of the Defense Department.

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(VIDEO) Obama’s Hopeful Economic Speech

Run time: 17:09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHfUoxmTbEo

Posted on YouTube: January 08, 2009
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CNN: Committee wants Blagojevich impeach

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Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

An Illinois legislative committee voted unanimously today to recommend the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged he had tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The issue now heads to the full state House of Representatives, which will consider it Friday. developing story

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/08/illinois.governor.impeachment/index.html

Blagojevich was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he tried to sell the Senate seat President-elect Barack Obama vacated.

The issue will now be taken up by the full Illinois state House of Representatives.

“Today is the day that we begin to give back democracy to the people of the state of Illinois,” Democratic Rep. Jack Franks said as he cast his “aye” vote.

Blagojevich “has been AWOL and derelict of his duties. He has abused his powers, and he has brought shame to this great state,” Franks said.

“I believe that Rod Blagojevich is a liar, and I believe he is a thief,” Franks said. “He has stolen the trust of the people.”

The committee heard testimony Thursday afternoon from Roland Burris, the man Blagojevich appointed to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Burris denied any quid pro quo with Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Burris, former attorney general for Illinois, is not accused of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics with Blagojevich.

Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing and has rejected calls for his resignation.

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