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5 items from 2012


Jesse Jackson Jr. in 'extended treatment' for 'physical and emotional ailments'

6 July 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been suffering from "physical and emotional ailments" and is currently "undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility," said his office in a statement released Thursday (July 5).

The Chicago Democrat and son of famed civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been on extended medical leave since June 10, reportedly for "exhaustion." But according to his press secretary, Frank Watkins, "Congressman Jackson's medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed.

"Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," the statement continues, adding that Jackson will require "extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter."

Jackson, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1995, is a target of a congressional ethics investigation for his alleged role in former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich »

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Who Should Be On Next Season’s Celebrity Apprentice? A Mediaite Wish List

23 May 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Yesterday, a few days after crowning late night legend Arsenio Hall his new Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump took his to his Twitter account to crowdsource for the new season: "Who would you like to see on next season of ‪#CelebrityApprentice‬? Let us know- everyone wants to be on it." We here at Mediaite take this challenge seriously-- some of us may have not missed an episode since the Rod Blagojevich era-- and we've looked far and wide for the loudest, smartest, weirdest, and most controversial people to put on the show. »

- Frances Martel

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Amy Robach leaves 'Today' for ABC News

22 May 2012 6:35 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Journalist Amy Robach has been with the NBC news family since 2003, when she was hired at MSNBC. But she announced Saturday (May 19) that she would be stepping down from the "Today" team and now Monday (May 21), ABC News announced she's joining their team.

In a memo that ABC News president Ben Sherwood circulated to his staff, he writes that Robach will be joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent.

In her new role, Amy will contribute her engaging and  high-impact journalism to all of our broadcasts and platforms," wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff this morning.

He also says of Robach:

A tenacious and skilled reporter, Amy has covered a wide-range of stories from Hurricane Katrina to the death of Ronald Reagan. In 2009, she scored a major scoop with the first interview with Rod Blagojevich after his arrest.

A first-rate storyteller and broadcaster, Amy will »

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Begins Federal Prison Term

15 March 2012 6:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich started his 14-year federal prison sentence for corruption today in Colorado, USA Today is reporting. The 55-year-old Democrat was convicted of such crimes as trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Blagojevich will serve his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver. Along the way, he stopped for lunch, with television cameras recorded his every move. The former governor ate at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, where owner Brian Pyle said he seemed to be in good spirits, but felt the experience was surreal. As Blagojevich left his Chicago home to travel to the Institution, he was surrounded  [ Read More ] »

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Rod Blagojevich's farewell speech: 'Jailhouse Rock' is no longer his favorite song

14 March 2012 10:54 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Rod Blagojevich heads to jail on March 15, but the day before, he gave a farewell press conference with his family by his side. Blagojevich will be serving a 14-year sentence for bribery, public corruption and wire fraud.

The speech was a bit, shall we say, strange. He praises his time in office, reminding everyone that he "never raised the income tax." He says, "I got bruised and battered and bloodied, but we were able to get those done," referring to his in-office accomplishments. He also says he'd been reading the old and new Testaments to look for ways to deal with his situation.

He tells the crowd that he was honored to be their governor and called his future in jail his "dark and hard journey." His daughters, 8 and 15 were there for the speech. He says he hopes that he'll be an example to them, "if they see how their dad faces something like this. »

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