Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) enjoyed his last day of freedom Wednesday. In a speech outside his Chicago home before supporters and reporters, the Associated Press reports, he said his faith in his appeal remains and that this “is not over.”

Blagojevich, who was twice elected governor before he was arrested, impeached, and then convicted, will serve a 14-year sentence for corruption. 

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Ancient holiday of the day

Today is the Ides of March. Long before Ryan Gosling came along, the Ides of March was a day dedicated to the god Mars. In slightly more modern times, it is remembered as the day Brutus and others betrayed and killed Julius Ceasar. (National Geographic)

Disgruntled employee follow-up of the day

Greg Smith’s resignation op-ed about Goldman Sachs’ money-hungry culture has opened a public debate about the bank, its culture, and Greg Smith himself. Some see Smith merely as an employee with an ax to grind. (NYTimes Dealbook, Bloomberg)

State dinner rehash of the day

President Obama welcomed the British prime minister for a jovial state dinner at the White House Wednesday night. The two spent much of the evening reiterating their nations’ “special relationship.”(Post Photos)

Bloody anniversary of the day

The Syrian uprising turns 1 year old today, and protesters say they aren’t giving up. More than 8,000 people have been killed in the violence. (Washington Post)

From Bahrain, which recently celebrated a year of its own protests, activists shared videos that purported to show police shooting at peaceful protesters Wednesday. (YouTube)

Escape of the day

A Swiss couple kidnapped by Pakistani Taliban militants last year has escaped. The two showed up at a military checkpoint in the northwest of the country months after a video was released showing them pleading for their lives. (Global Post)