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10:15 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Spitzer Said to Be Weighing Resignation  —  ALBANY — Gov. Eliot Spitzer continued to weigh whether to resign early Tuesday, a day after law enforcement officials said he was a client of a high-end prostitution ring broken up last week by federal authorities.
Michelle Malkin:
Left and right agree: Eliot Spitzer must go  —  Cover of today's NYPost.  —  A survey of this morning's lead editorials in the NY press shows a bipartisan consensus: Eliot Spitzer has to go.  Both left and right bristled at Spitzer's brief, arrogant, remorseless, and dishonest statement …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
A Criminal Case Possible Under the Mann Act
Discussion: City Room and Spin Cycle
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: Moonbattery and Roger L. Simon
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   BRIBERY CASE TURNED VICE BUST
Clinton or Obama?  Mississippi's time to decide  —  Despite election fervor, moderate turnout expected  —  A close race between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will draw more voters to the polls today than the last presidential primary, state officials predict.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
How the Democrats Could Lose  —  By official count, The Post's 10th most e-mailed column of 2007 was published last June under the headline “How the GOP Could Win.”  It said that the Republican Party would promote national security as the salient issue of the campaign, making a silk purse …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
House Steers Its Own Path on Wiretaps  —  WASHINGTON — In continued defiance of the White House, House Democratic leaders are readying a proposal that would reject giving legal protection to the phone companies that helped in the National Security Agency's program of wiretapping without warrants …
Discussion: Hold Fast
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Panel Sues to Force Bush Aides to Table
Discussion: Political Machine and cab drollery
Thomas de Zengotita / The Huffington Post:
Why The Spitzer Scandal Should Work For Obama
Discussion: Blogs of War
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama-Clinton Race Creates Security Concerns for Secret Service  —  The political passions stirred by the Democratic presidential battle between the possible first black nominee and the possible first woman are also stirring security concerns on the part of the U.S. Secret Service.
Discussion: Unfogged
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.
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas presidential caucus winner?  Check back in 18 days  —  Major counties faced with deluge of results not yet counting votes.  —  A week after Texas Democrats trooped to nighttime caucuses to choose between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Texans don't know which presidential candidate won …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Disagreeing with Ferraro  —  Between the Spitzer story …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton Supporters Favor Quick Creation of “Dream Ticket”
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
New Guidelines Ahead of Ashcroft Testimony
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Little Green Footballs:
A Call on the Clue Phone for Juan Cole
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Gulf War illness ‘chemical link’
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Out of the Tank  —  The press turns its guns on Obama.
 Earlier Items: 
John Metcalfe / New York Times:
Disinvited to a Screening, a Critic Ends Up in a Faith-Based Crossfire
Discussion: Pharyngula and American Street
Asif Shahzad / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
New York Times:
Affidavit: Client 9 and Room 871
Discussion: NY Daily News and Betsy's Page
Associated Press:
McCain advisers lobbied for Airbus
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Population Shift Sends Universities Scrambling
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
In Developer's Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role
Taylor Marsh:
TPM Cuts Female Writer Not Making Case for Obama