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The Blago Tapes

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was a no-show at Day 2 of his impeachment trial, but his voice was heard loud and clear, as state senators listened to taped conversations between their governor and his associates. The recordings lacked the colorful language of other famous Blago phone calls—no cursing out the Obama team—but they did show a governor frantic to beat a year-end deadline before tougher ethics rules about campaign contributions went into effect.