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2008-12-11 10:16:24

Chicago newspaper columnists dueled Thursday over whether embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich could employ an insanity defense to fight corruption allegations. Federal prosecutors this week charged the two-term Democratic Illinois governor with attempting to auction off the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama for personal gain. Blagojevich already was under federal scrutiny over alleged pay-to-play politics involving the sale of state jobs and contracts for campaign...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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