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1:00 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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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.
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:
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.
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.
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:   GOP to push for NY gov impeachment
Kelli Arena / CNN:   Sources: Money transfers spurred Spitzer probe
NY Daily News:
Editorials: Hit the road, john...
Discussion: New York Sun and New York Post
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
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.
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.
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Gateway Pundit:
McClatchy Newspapers Report: “There Is No Al-Qaeda in Iraq”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and PoliGazette
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, has emerged again in a major newspaper to once again offer us the Wise Middle Ground of Endless War as an appealing policy option in Iraq.  Check the Spack for more commentary, but I'll give you this.  O'Hanlon, by way of criticizing …
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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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
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.
Discussion: Romenesko
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 …
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.
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.
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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Jerusalem Post:
Israel reportedly ‘agrees to 30 days of quiet’ with Hamas
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Targeting bad Democrats
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Update on Obama's “bad week”
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
At MSNBC, ‘Tucker’ Is Out, and David Gregory Is In
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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
Discussion: Swampland
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”
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama-Clinton Race Creates Security Concerns for Secret Service
Discussion: rubber hose
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
House Steers Its Own Path on Wiretaps