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4:55 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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New York Times:
Top U.S. Commander in Mideast to Retire Early  —  WASHINGTON — Adm. William J. Fallon, the top American commander in the Middle East whose views on Iran and other issues have seemed to put him at odds with the Bush administration, is retiring early, the Pentagon said Tuesday afternoon.
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Jim Miklaszewski / MSNBC:
A PENTAGON PROBLEM - LOOSE LIPS  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon sharks are circling CENTCOM Commander Adm. William “Fox” Fallon for a magazine interview in which he appears to openly criticize President Bush on the administration's Iran policy.  The very public comments raised speculation Fallon …
CNN:
Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.
Associated Press:
Fallon Resigns As Mideast Military Chief
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   FALLON RESIGNS  —  Admiral William Fallon is out as CENTCOM commander.
Fox News:
Admiral Fallon Resigns as Head of Centcom
Discussion: The Page
New York Post:
SPITZER HAS USED HOOKERS FOR 6 YEARS: SOURCES  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been soliciting high-priced hookers for at least six years and possibly for more than a decade, sources tell The Post.  —  The revelation yesterday that the crusading governor was in fact “Client 9” …
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iowahawk:
Amid Charges of Spitzer Tryst, Embattled Prostitute “Kristen” Expected to Resign  —  New York - At a hastily scheduled morning press conference at the headquarters of New York's exclusive Emperors Club prostitution ring, high priced call girl “Kristen” announced that she would temporarily step aside …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS  —  Just how in the hell would a high-profile, ho-bustin' politician like Eliot Spitzer ever expect to get away with his pay-for-play D.C. side piece?  —  “It's so easy not to not get caught,” reformed Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss tells Radar …
Discussion: Dealbreaker, protein wisdom and Jezebel
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton  —  Finally, the Barack Obama campaign has found a big gun to help shoot down Hillary Rodham Clinton's self-proclaimed foreign policy experience.  And he may be the wackiest gun of all: Sinbad, the actor, who has come out from under a rock to defend Obama in the war over foreign policy credentials.
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Aide: Spitzer May Defy Calls To Step Down  —  Governor Huddles With Lawyers at Home  —  ALBANY — A top aide to Governor Spitzer said today Mr. Spitzer has not made up his mind about whether to step down from office despite mounting calls for his resignation amid allegations that he arranged …
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ABCNEWS:
Spitzer in ‘Transition Talks’; Had Planned to Quit Last Night
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State and MSNBC
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Assessing the Spitzer Fallout
New York Times:
Mr. Spitzer's ‘Private Matter’
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama adviser says Clinton must ‘repudiate’ backer's comments  —  (CNN) — A senior adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign called on Hillary Clinton to “repudiate” a comment by one of her top fundraisers that Barack Obama would not be a major presidential contender if he were not black.
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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:   Geraldine Ferraro sparks controversy with remark on Obama
Agence France Presse:
Obama fury over Clinton backer Ferraro's race remark
Discussion: Washington Wire
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Obama Adviser: Hillary Must Remove Ferraro From Campaign
Discussion: The Page and TalkLeft
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Orlando Patterson / New York Times:
The Red Phone in Black and White  —  ON first watching Hillary Clinton's recent “It's 3 a.m.” advertisement, I was left with an uneasy feeling that something was not quite right — something that went beyond my disappointment that she had decided to go negative.  Repeated watching of the ad on YouTube increased my unease.
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:   (More on) Race and the Red Phone
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Memo: “No Support For Claim That Clinton Has Passed ‘Commander-In-Chief Test’”  —  Signaling a sustained and more aggressive counterattack against Hillary's “commander-in-chief test” assault, the Obama campaign has a new memo out from foreign policy adviser Greg Craig that goes …
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Byron York / The Corner:
Former Clinton Loyalist: Don't Believe Hillary's Claims
Discussion: Donklephant
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam and al Qaida  —  WASHINGTON — An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pelosi: No ticket  —  Nancy Pelosi tells Boston TV that a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket is “impossible.”  —  “I think that the Clinton administration (sic) has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better Commander in Chief than Obama.
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
Reality and the Iraq war  —  Is the progress today the first glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel?  Maybe, maybe not.  But the Democrats shouldn't act as though it's an oncoming train.  —  Most Democrats — in fact, most Americans — believe that the Iraq war has been a huge mistake for this country.
White House:
President Bush Attends National Religious Broadcasters 2008 Convention  —  Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you all.  Please be seated.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  Nothing better than being introduced by a fellow Texan.
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Draft
 
 
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Murdoch: There's no ‘conservative’ agenda
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Rep. Abercrombie gets Craiged
Discussion: Think Progress
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How the Democrats Could Lose
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