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1:35 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Devil Is In The Investigative Details In Spitzer Case
Discussion: New York Sun and NY Daily News
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:   GOP to push for NY gov impeachment
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.
Byron York / The Corner:
Former Clinton Loyalist: Don't Believe Hillary's Claims  —  Greg Craig, the former Clinton White House counsel who is now supporting Barack Obama, has just sent out a letter sharply attacking Hillary Clinton's claims to experience in foreign policy.  “Senator Clinton has cited a handful …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Memo: “No Support For Claim That Clinton Has Passed ‘Commander-In-Chief Test’”
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Fact Hub
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Foreign Policy Memo
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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 / The Politico:
Disagreeing with Ferraro  —  Between the Spitzer story, Geraldine Ferraro's own pioneering status, and the dog-bites-man character of offense-and-apology stories these days, her reported comment that Obama wouldn't be where he is if he were white didn't get all that much attention today.
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama adviser says Clinton must ‘repudiate’ backer's comments
Discussion: The Trail, Pandagon and Boston Globe
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Targeting bad Democrats  —  (updated below)  —  House Democrats are expected to unveil and possibly vote on their FISA bill this week.  While they may (or may not) end up securing some additional, mild safeguards against eavesdropping abuses as compared to the Rockefeller/Cheney Senate bill …
Discussion: race42008.com
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Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Rep. Abercrombie gets Craiged  —  While reporters were hovering outside a Capitol Hill conclave of the Michigan and Florida delegations last Wednesday night, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) just happened to come by to use the restroom, which he did.  —  But when he emerged …
Discussion: Think Progress
Clarion-Ledger:
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.
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
Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
Man shoots sister then congratulated by family  —  Police arrest 24-year-old man from Naura, an Israeli-Arab town in northern Israel, who shot his 19-year old sister to preserve 'family's honor.' Family members arrived to congratulate shooter  —  Familial endorsement for murder.
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 …
 
 
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Andre Salles / STNG:
Republicans ponder lost election
Associated Press:
McCain advisers lobbied for European plane maker
Michelle Malkin:
Jessica Alba embraces identity politics, yearns for “my baby to be brown”
Discussion: Latina.com and LIBERTAS
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Oldest Profession  —  Prostitution, like drug trafficking …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Stand By Your Woman?
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Jerusalem Post:
Israel reportedly ‘agrees to 30 days of quiet’ with Hamas
Kos / Daily Kos:
Update on Obama's “bad week”
Discussion: Political Machine
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
At MSNBC, ‘Tucker’ Is Out, and David Gregory Is In
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State and Slog
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Politics as she is Played with 3d6
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Brian Knowlton / International Herald Tribune:
Bush hopes Cheney's Mideast visit will rein in oil prices
Discussion: Eschaton and Roger L. Simon
John Nichols / The Nation:
Spitzer Bust Worries Clinton
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Gerald Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Scanning for a GOP Running Mate
Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
The Specter of McCain Democrats
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas presidential caucus winner? Check back in 18 days
Discussion: Firedoglake
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton Supporters Favor Quick Creation of “Dream Ticket”
Discussion: PSoTD and Weekly Standard Blog
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama-Clinton Race Creates Security Concerns for Secret Service
Discussion: rubber hose