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3:40 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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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” …
Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Cheers As Its Nemesis Plunges Into Crisis  —  Allies Praise Spitzer, But Knives Come Out; 'He's Proven Me Correct'  —  It's Schadenfreude time on Wall Street.  —  Eliot Spitzer, the New York governor who made his name taking on the titans of finance, apologized yesterday …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS
Discussion: 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.
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
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Foreign Policy Memo
Discussion: The New Republic
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Team Obama Hits Clinton on Experience Claims
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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.
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Matthew Yglesias:   Oh!  —  Michael O'Hanlon, like some mythic monster …
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
O'Hanlon and the Op-Ed Pages
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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CNN:   Spitzer successor would be state's first black governor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Assessing the Spitzer Fallout
Discussion: Hot Air and PoliBlog (TM)
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.
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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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Disagreeing with Ferraro  —  Between the Spitzer story …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Geraldine Ferraro sparks controversy with remark on Obama
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Devil Is In The Investigative Details In Spitzer Case
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
House Surveillance Bill Contains Provision to Aid Telecom Suits  —  As The New York Times reports this morning, the House leadership's draft proposal for a surveillance bill contains a provision that would reject giving retroactive immunity to the telecoms.  Instead, it would give …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Targeting bad Democrats
Discussion: race42008.com
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Murdoch: There's no ‘conservative’ agenda  —  In his first visit to the Wall Street Journal's D.C. bureau, Rupert Murdoch told staffers Friday that he would put more resources into Washington coverage and take on the New York Times, while reassuring them that he is not a “conservative” pushing an agenda in the news pages.
Peter Y. Hong / Los Angeles Times:
UCLA experts don't buy recession  —  In a contrarian view, the Anderson Forecast focuses on strength in industry and spending.  —  Brushing aside conventional wisdom, UCLA economists say California and the nation will survive the housing slump and job losses without plunging into recession …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
 
 
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