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| Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

In Illinois' alleged Senate-seat-for-sale morass, there was a curious two-hour conference call on Nov. 10 taped by the FBI allegedly involving Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his wife and others on one end and "various Washington, D.C.-based advisers" -- according to the feds -- on the other. The Washington participants aren't named by the FBI. Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff are facing corruption charges. The muck grows murkier. Will the road to perdition lead to Capitol Hill• ... Ozone Al Gore says negotiators at a U.N. global-warming conference last week should free themselves of outdated thinking. Conference delegates are susceptible to misperceptions, just as man once believed the sun circled the Earth, Mr. Gore said. Indeed, those who steadfastly upheld Earth-centric thinking had much in common with today's Church of Global Warming. ... And from the same congregation comes a dire warning for Great Britain: The country would have to dispense with beef and dairy products to meet its pledge to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent, according to a report from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Talk about clearing the air. What's next• A prohibition on fish and chips?

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