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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

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Today featured the prosecution's cross-examination of Rod Blagojevich's brother Robert -- and ended with the ex-governor's lawyers saying their client may not take the stand after all. After all this build up, could Blago sit silently through his trial? What happened?

Blagojevich's lawyers say they don't think the prosecutors have proven their case. But The Chicago Sun-Times suggests keeping Rod off the stand may have something to do with Robert's performance during cross examination. "In just the first 10 minutes of cross-examination Monday, Robert Blagojevich, who had overseen the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund, found himself contradicting his own statements and having to explain a secretly recorded and previously unheard conversation." Today's Moment of Blago comes from Robert, and via the Sun-Times.

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense in his corruption trial began today. A central part of his lawyers' argument is expected to be that Blago is a naive man who got bad advice. Blagojevich himself has spent months in the media spotlight projecting an image -- deliberately or not -- as a smiling oaf. The defense thinks the jury will buy this story. We think it's ripe for comic moments.

In that spirit, we bring you the first installment of Today's Moment of Blago:

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Scott McInnis said last week that "voters don't really care" about the plagiarism allegations that are rocking his campaign. At least one poll suggests otherwise.

Last week, the Denver Post caught McInnis apparently copying a state Supreme Court Judge's work for essays on water policy that he was paid $300,000 for after retiring from Congress. Twenty percent of Colorado Republican voters who supported McInnis before that revelation now say they'll back another candidate, according to a SurveryUSA poll commissioned by The Denver Post.

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Colorado Republican Scott McInnis has had his gubernatorial campaign nearly derailed by accusations of plagiarism this week. Since the Denver Post first reported the "striking similarities" between a series of articles McInnis produced in 2005 and 2006 and a 20-year-old essay written by a state Supreme Court Judge, rumors have swirled that he'll drop out of the gubernatorial race, and at least one Republican has called for him to quit.

But through it all, McInnis might just take solace in the fact that some of the most powerful politicians on the planet have been called copycats -- and fared pretty well post-scandal.

Here's a few of our favorites.

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