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Congress: Unprepared for the frenzy

Politico writes, "In multiple interviews, several Senate aides and Burris confidants say the senator was unprepared from a public relations and political perspective to deal with the national media frenzy and ethics problems he now confronts."

A Burris associate tells First Read that though he doubts the senator will resign soon. "It's impossible to find a Democrat in the state not touched by Blagojevich," the source said, adding that he doubted any Democrat could hold the seat, including state Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Blagojevich replacement Gov. Pat Quinn. "Pat Quinn was his running mate," the source said, adding, "Even Obama is associated."

Roll Call quotes another source saying resigning hadn't been discussed internally as of Friday. "Burris, this source said, is currently behind closed doors considering his next move. The Senator believes he has been honest and above board, but feels he is suffering in part because of a faulty communications strategy in relation to how he has dealt with this latest scandal."

"Supporters of D.C. voting rights believe that they are on the verge of their biggest victory in at least 30 years as the Senate prepares to take up a bill this week creating a full House seat for the District," the Washington Post writes. "Two years ago, a similar measure failed to clear a key procedural hurdle in that chamber by three votes. Democrats picked up at least seven Senate seats in the elections last fall, boosting the current bill's chance of passage. They also expanded their majority in the House, where the bill is expected to be approved as early as next month." 
 
In an address to the National Clean Energy Project, Senate Majority Leader Reid Harry Reid will make an announcement today about Nevada and clean energy.