Roland Burris Turned Away From Senate

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Rod Blagojevich's appointee to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, whom Democrats vowed not to recognize, was turned away today at the Capitol by Senate Secretary Nancy Erickson. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is using a paperwork technicality (the Illinois secretary of State hasn't signed off on Burris) to stop him from being seated. The Minnesota seat contested by Al Franken and Norm Coleman also remains empty. [NYP]