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Blagojevich trial: Day 15 and last week's recap

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Week recap

Scores of recordings are played in open court, and Rod Blagojevich is heard lusting over landing a high-placed, high-playing job in exchange for appointing President-Elect Obama's friend to the U.S. Senate.

The recordings make clear that Blagojevich wants to make money asks for help choosing a path that's: "not stupid."

"I'm the governor of a $58 billion corporation, why can't I be ambassador to India?" Blagojevich is heard inquiring. He ticks through a list of possible ambassadorships.

On the recordings, Blagojevich turns up his nose at a job that would pay $190,000 a year.

He swears at his wife on one recording as she's Googling salary information about a union-supported group.

He gives his opinion on Obama not playing along with his plan to trade favors.
"They're not willing to give me anything but appreciation -- f--- them," Blagojevich said.

On Jesse Jackson Jr.: Blagojevich calls him "repugnant," and "a bad guy," deeming it "very very very unlikely," he'd ever appoint the congressman to the Senate seat.

Up this week:
Prosecution questioning of former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris concludes this morning.
Defense lawyer Sam Adam Sr. will cross examine Harris.
Next witness: SEIU Union leader Thomas Balanoff.

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