November 14, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama is resigning his Senate seat effective Sunday. In a statement, he called his four years in the Capitol "one of the highest honors and privileges" of his life. Under state law, Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich will appoint Obama's replacement, who will serve the remaining two years of his term. Blagojevich has ruled out appointing himself. The vice president-elect, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, may remain in the Senate until January. His vote could be needed in the lame-duck session of Congress that begins next week.
January 16, 2009 |
ABC's Sunday-morning political talk show "This Week" has scored its first win over NBC's "Meet the Press" since 1999. It is the first time host George Stephanopoulos has delivered more viewers. His marquee guest might have helped: President-elect Barack Obama. Nielsen Media Research said Thursday that the ABC show was seen by 4.34 million viewers on Sunday, a whisker ahead of the 4.3 million who watched "Meet the Press." Obama's visit to "Meet the Press" on Dec. 7 was seen by 6.5 million people.
November 8, 2008 |
HBO has acquired a still-untitled documentary about President-elect Barack Obama that will air on the premium cable channel next year. The film, produced by Edward Norton and his production company Class 5 Films, was shot over the last 2 1/2 years with the cooperation of Obama and his campaign. Documentary filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, who served as co-directors of the project, had access to Obama's staff, family and friends. Filming is continuing through the inauguration. -- Matea Gold
January 17, 2009 |
A Wisconsin man was arrested in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama. Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, was taken into custody by the Secret Service in Brookhaven, Miss., after he allegedly threatened to assassinate Obama for what he claimed was "the country's own good," federal prosecutors said. Christopher allegedly made the threats Jan. 11 and 15 on a website. An affidavit from the Secret Service quotes Christopher as saying that he has nothing personal against Obama and that he's not a racist.
January 14, 2009 |
Roland Burris will be sworn in as a U.S. senator Thursday, ending the saga of his appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Vice President Dick Cheney, in his role as president of the Senate, will do the honors. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant majority leader who initially blocked the appointment on the grounds that anyone Blagojevich appointed would be tainted, will hold a reception in Burris' honor. Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges, including that he tried to sell the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
January 4, 2009
Re: A well-stocked Cabinet," editorial, Dec. 28 I do believe that President-elect Barack Obama has a "well-stocked Cabinet" -- one stacked with men. Obama's appointment of only three women to his Cabinet is extremely disappointing. That his Cabinet will have the same number of women as President Clinton's 1993 appointments is a failure of creative thinking, management recruitment and recognition of the important value that women bring to these critically important positions. I had hoped for change, but the country got more of the same (gender)