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7:35 AM ET, March 11, 2008

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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer  —  Officials Say Spitzer Is ‘Client 9’ in a Federal Complaint Against the Prostitution Ring  —  The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring  —  ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.  —  Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Some Questions About the Spitzer Incident  —  ABC is reporting that Eliot Spitzer came under the attention of the Feds because his bank reported “suspicious money transfers” to the IRS.  The Justice Department brought it to the FBI's Public Corruption Squad, who looked into it and found …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Spitzer Sex Sting: A Few More Questions  —  It looks like the Bush Justice Department just bagged themselves another Democratic Governor.  Here's the New York Times on the story: … On the other hand, ABC News this evening offers a starkly different account of how the investigation got launched.
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's Rise and Fall  —  One might call it Shakespearian if there were a shred of nobleness in the story of Eliot Spitzer's fall.  There is none.  Governor Spitzer, who made his career by specializing in not just the prosecution, but the ruin, of other men, is himself almost certainly ruined.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who cares if Eliot Spitzer hires prostitutes?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Regarding all of the breathless moralizing from all sides over the “reprehensible,” outrageous crimes of Eliot Spitzer: are there actually many people left who care if an adult who isn't their spouse hires prostitutes?
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Revelations Began in Routine Tax Inquiry  —  The rendezvous that established Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement with high-priced prostitutes occurred last month in one of Washington's grandest hotels, but the criminal investigation that discovered the tryst began last year in a nondescript …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Mr. Spitzer's ‘Private Matter’  —  New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could not have been more wrong in his brief public appearance after the world learned that he was suspected of patronizing a prostitution ring.  He did not just betray his family in a private matter.
New York Times:
Spitzer Is Linked to a Sex Ring as Client  —  ALBANY — Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a client of a high-end prostitution ring broken up last week by federal authorities, according to law enforcement officials, a development that threatened to end his career and turned the state's political world upside down.
RADAR:
CLINTON YANKS SPITZER ENDORSEMENT FASTER THAN A HOOKER YANKS... WELL, YOU GET IT  —  Depending on who you're talking to in Albany and Washington this afternoon, Eliot Spitzer has either already resigned and slinked away to a fortified bunker in the Poconos, or he is going to spend a few days talking …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mann-date
Discussion: Firedoglake, D-Day and Attytood
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: Moonbattery and Roger L. Simon
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Spitzer's sudden fall from grace
Discussion: The Swamp and Bluey Blog
Michelle Malkin:
What Spitzer was up to today before the news broke
John Carney / Dealbreaker:   The Picture Of Emperor Eliot
Wall Street Journal:   Spitzer Engulfed in Sex Scandal
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Accuses Clinton of Using “Republican Tactics”  —  From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:  —  JACKSON, MISS. — Barack Obama continued to go after Hillary Clinton this evening, accusing her of using “Republican tactics” against him.  —  “When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw …
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Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
In Developer's Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role  —  CHICAGO — An e-mail message made public on Monday in the fraud trial of Antoin Rezko, a businessman and political contributor, brought attention to Senator Barack Obama's role in discussions involving a state health planning board …
Discussion: TalkLeft and PrairiePundit
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Chicago Tribune:   Rezko had jobs clout, ex-aide says
Taylor Marsh:
TPM Cuts Female Writer Not Making Case for Obama  —  Hi there.  Linda Hirshman here.  I just got the boot from TPM Café, where I have been blogging for more than a year.  Back story: I published a piece on the cover of the Outlook section of the Washington Post last Sunday, March 2 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and American Power
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama, Clinton join McCain vs. earmarks  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined Republican presidential candidate John McCain and a small band of GOP senators in making a run this week against the billions of dollars in home-state pet projects Congress funds each year.
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Panel Sues to Force Bush Aides to Table  —  Bolten and Miers Ignored Subpoenas In Prosecutor Probe  —  The House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit yesterday to enforce subpoenas against President Bush's chief of staff and his former counsel in a probe of suspected White House involvement …
Discussion: Political Machine and cab drollery
Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
Poll: Most Americans don't read political blogs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans do not read political blogs, the online commentaries that have proliferated in the race for the U.S. presidency, according to a poll released on Monday.  —  Only 22 percent of people responding …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Donklephant and Daily Takes
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
More Punditry Peeves  —  As a sidebar to an article at ABC news about Elliot Spitzer, they've helpfully put together this slideshow of 13 politicians involved in famous sex scandals.  (Collect them all!)  Anyway, it's rather interesting that of the 7 Republicans on the list, all of them save one are identified by ABC as Republicans.
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Mike Segar / ABCNEWS:
POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS REDUX
Discussion: Wizbang
CNN:
Rove taunted at University of Iowa  —  (CNN) — Former top Bush aide Karl Rove didn't get the friendliest of receptions at the University of Iowa Sunday, CNN affiliate KCRG reports.  —  Rove, who was paid $40,000 to speak at the University, was confronted with an at-times hostile crowd of 1,000 …
 
 
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