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8:45 PM ET, March 10, 2008


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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring  —  ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.  —  Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon …
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 …
CLINTON YANKS SPITZER ENDORSEMENT FASTER THAN A HOOKER YANKS... WELL, YOU GET IT  —  Depending on who you're talking to in Albany and Washington this afternoon, Eliot Spitzer has either already resigned and slinked away to a fortified bunker in the Poconos, or he is going to spend a few days talking …
Fox News:
Sources: Spitzer to Resign Following Reports of ‘Involvement’ With Prostitution Ring, Faces Indictment  —  New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family in an appearance before reporters Monday following reports that he was linked to a high profile prostitution ring.
Sources: Spitzer Could Resign Tonight  —  Lt. Gov. David Paterson Could Be Sworn In By 7 P.M.  —  AP: Spitzer Caught On Federal Wiretap, Identified As ‘Client 9’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Gov. Eliot Spitzer was not expected to continue as governor and may resign by Monday evening …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
Prostitution Case Features Prosecutors of Corruption  —  Prosecutors specializing in government corruption cases are leading the investigation into what authorities say was a prostitution service that charged up to $5,500 an hour — suggesting that the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan …
The Smoking Gun:
Spitzer Linked To Hooker Probe  —  New York governor identified as “Client-9” in FBI affidavit  —  With the bombshell news today that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been implicated in a prostitution ring, the Democratic politician will now always be known as “Client-9,” …
Source: Spitzer investigated for allegedly meeting with prostitute  —  (CNN) — New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is under investigation for allegedly meeting with a prostitute in a Washington hotel, two sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.  —  One of the sources said Spitzer …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
America's worst governor linked to hookers?  Update: The Emperor's Club?  Update: Spitzer to resign?  Update: Spitzer apologizes; Update: Caught on federal wiretap; Update: Video added; no resignation; Update: Not indicted; Update: Hillary scrubs website of Spitzer references; Update: New details
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
How The “Emperor's Club” Probe Started  —  There's sure to be some scrutiny of how federal prosecutors netted Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a rising star in the Democratic party, in a prostitution ring.  Especially considering that prosecutors from Manhattan's U.S. attorney's public corruption section are working the case.
Spitzer Expected To Resign, Sources Say
Discussion: Dealbreaker and Gothamist
Sewell Chan / City Room:
‘I Apologize to the Public’
Discussion: Open Left and TVNewser
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Spitzer's fall: The prosecutor and the prostitutes
Discussion: The Politico and TownHall Blog
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Great Moments in Compartmentalization
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Marc Ambinder:
Client 9's Options
Discussion: Firedoglake
MSNBC:   Governor apologizes after prostitution link
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ELIOT SPITZER....The New York Times reports that Eliot Spitzer has been …
Amy Westfeldt / Associated Press:
NY governor linked to prostitution ring
Rove taunted at University of Iowa  —  (CNN) — Former top Bush aide Karl Rove didn't get the friendliest of receptions at the University of Iowa Sunday, CNN affiliate KCRG reports.  —  Rove, who was paid $40,000 to speak at the University, was confronted with an at-times hostile crowd of 1,000 …
Flavia Krause-Jackson / Bloomberg:
Vatican Lists Seven Social Sins, Including Drug Abuse  —  The Vatican has put together a list of seven “social” sins that includes excessive wealth, drug abuse, littering, genetic tampering and creating poverty.  —  Echoing the concept of the seven cardinal vices — set to paper by Pope Gregory …
Richard Owen / Times of London:
Seven new deadly sins: are you guilty?
Discussion: Pharyngula
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama replies with scorn to HRC veep plan  —  My colleague Carrie Budoff Brown e-mails from Columbus, Miss., with Obama's response to the Clintons' flotation of the notion that he could be her veep: scorn. … Obama was responding to comments from Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson …
Gallup Daily: Obama Recaptures Lead Among Democrats  —  Based on polling conducted March 7-9, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-nine percent of Democratic voters nationally support Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination compared with 44% backing Hillary Clinton, giving Obama a slight …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Obama's March Surge
Glenn Reynolds /
GOOD FOR OBAMA!  Sen. DeMint's office emails: “Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) has agreed to cosponsor the DeMint-McCain earmark moratorium amendment. ”  Excellent move.  I wonder if Hillary will follow suit?  Given her earmark history, it seems unlikely.
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