Senate Democratic leaders moved Monday to formally accept Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's Senate successor, hoping to move beyond the spectacle that emerged around Burris's appointment by the scandal-plagued Illinois governor.

After embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's named Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, Democratic Senate leaders claim they will invoke their constitutional power to block the appointment. Analysts discuss the situation's legal and political implications.

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