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Congress: Burris on the ropes?

The Hill says Burris is "on the ropes" and "on his own." 
 
The Washington Post: "Just weeks after Blagojevich became a national punch line with his frenetic round of television interviews as the Illinois Senate was throwing him out of office, Burris is becoming the reluctant star of a public sideshow of his own. The post he first sought in 1984 may be in jeopardy."

Video: Burris defends himself.

Still, the Los Angeles Times says it will be difficult for the Senate to expel him from office. "Though Roland Burris had some trouble being admitted to the U.S. Senate, he will not be easily expelled now that he has arrived. It takes a vote of two-thirds of the senators to oust a member, and the last senators to be formally expelled were charged with supporting the rebels during the Civil War."

Dick Durbin tells the Chicago Tribune: "'I'm troubled by the fact that his testimony was not complete and it was unsatisfactory,' Durbin said Wednesday from Turkey, where he is on an official Senate trip. 'It wasn't the full disclosure under oath that we were asking for.' Durbin, the state's senior senator, urged his Democratic colleague to gather trusted advisers and figure out 'what to do next.' 'At this point, his future in the Senate seat is in question,' Durbin said. In Nevada, [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid said Burris' 'story seems to be changing day by day.'"
 
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "Obviously Sen. Burris was seated based in some way on the representations that he made to the U.S. Senate and to the committee in Illinois investigating Gov. Blagojevich," Gibbs said. "In many ways he was seated based on those representations, and I think that the people of Illinois deserve to know, based on some of the things that have happened over the past few days … the full extent of any involvement."
 
(The only person the Tribune quotes who supports Burris is Rep. Danny Davis: "I've known Roland a long time. People have often laughed and joked about how honest Roland was… So I actually feel a great deal of empathy for Roland at the moment, particularly since a great deal of his career was based on honesty, integrity and public interest.")
 
Meanwhile, Burris continues his tour in Downstate Illinois with events, he announced yesterday that were "completely closed to the press."

The Boston Globe continues its series on Ted Kennedy. 
 
And Aerosmith was not happy with House GOP No. 2 Eric Cantor using its song, "Back in the Saddle" for a video promoting Republican unity in voting against the stimulus. Hours after the video went up, it had to be taken down after a copyright infringement claim was filed.