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Today In Political Junkie (LOTS To Talk About!)

Back from a week's absence, today's Political Junkie brings you:

Bill Richardson withdraws: Obama gets his first embarrassment. It may be more than just embarrassing for Bill.

Illinois Senate: Did Blagojevich really name a Senate successor to Obama while we were on vacation? What was he thinking?? The latest on Roland Burris' chances to get confirmed.

Colorado Senate: Gov. Ritter has his say, and it's Bennet for the Senate. Not every Colorado Democrat is thrilled.

Minnesota Senate: Schumer says it's time for Franken to be sworn in. Not so fast, says GOP. So much for the era of post-partisanship in Washington.

This Day In Campaign History: A new daily feature starts today.

Fan mail from those who missed the Junkie blog: I'm kidding. Nobody wrote.

2008 Obits: Our special feature on those in the political world who left us last year.

Welcome to 2009. I hope everyone had a healthy, safe and wonderful New Year's!