This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in court yesterday afternoon to hear federal corruption charges against him. He was released on $4,500 bail. FBI agents arrested Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff early yesterday on charges related in part to the selection of President-Elect obama’s successor to the senate.

According to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Blagojevich retains the right to name Obama’s successor, even if he remains in custody or under indictment. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said at a press conference yesterday that he wants the Illinois State Legislature to quickly pass a law setting up a special election to fill Obama’s seat.

The White House and congressional Dem negotiators have reached an agreement on a proposed $15 billion automaker bailout package, according to senior administration officials and a Senate Dem aide. Both sides cautioned that there remained some sticking points to work out between negotiators, and Senate GOP-ers, crucial for passage, have yet to weigh in.

With former Vice President Al Gore at his side, President-Elect Obama said yesterday it’s time the issue of climate change is dealt with in a “serious way.” Obama didn’t say specifically what role Gore would play on the issue of climate change, though he pledged to work with “a whole host of stakeholders on this issue, including Vice President Gore.”

79% of Americans believe that Obama is handling the transition well, according to a new CNN poll.

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