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3:25 AM ET, March 11, 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Who cares if Eliot Spitzer hires prostitutes?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Regarding all of the breathless moralizing from all sides over the “reprehensible,” outrageous crimes of Eliot Spitzer: are there actually many people left who care if an adult who isn't their spouse hires prostitutes?
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mann-date  —  To those of you who are in high dudgeon over Spitzer possibly violating the Mann Act —  please.  The Mann Act is bulls**t in a situation where the parties were consensual.  Here's Wikipedia's history of the Mann Act.  It's often been used for political purposes.
Discussion: Firedoglake, D-Day and Attytood
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Why Is Prostitution Illegal?  —  THE OLDEST QUESTION ABOUT THE OLDEST PROFESSION.  —  When he was attorney general, Eliot Spitzer had no trouble going after a “sophisticated prostitution ring.”  As governor, he apparently had no trouble patronizing one.  The hypocrisy speaks for itself.
Wall Street Journal:   Spitzer's Rise and Fall
Michelle Malkin:
What Spitzer was up to today before the news broke
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Spitzer's sudden fall from grace
Discussion: The Swamp and Bluey Blog
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:   Mr. American Hypocrite Weighs In
New York Times:
Spitzer Is Linked to a Sex Ring as Client
Discussion: alicublog
The Huffington Post:
Emperors Club: All About Eliot Spitzer's Alleged Prostitution Ring
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:   Revelations Began in Routine Tax Inquiry
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: Moonbattery
Wall Street Journal:   Spitzer Engulfed in Sex Scandal
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
How The “Emperor's Club” Probe Started
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Carney / Dealbreaker:   The Picture Of Emperor Eliot
Spitzer Expected To Resign, Sources Say
Discussion: Hot Air and Gothamist
Yeas & Nays:
Washington's most infamous hotel room...for now
Discussion: Wonkette and Spin Cycle
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Hillary Clinton Now Downplays Talk Of Clinton-Obama Democratic Ticket  —  Should we call it “the trial balloon that quickly popped?”  New York Senator Hillary Clinton, whose bigwig supporters — including her husband Bill — have touted a Clinton-Obama Democratic ticket's glories …
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Accuses Clinton of Using “Republican Tactics”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gallup Daily: Obama Recaptures Lead Among Democrats
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama On Veep Talk: Clintons Are Trying To “Hoodwink” You
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama, Clinton join McCain vs. earmarks  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined Republican presidential candidate John McCain and a small band of GOP senators in making a run this week against the billions of dollars in home-state pet projects Congress funds each year.
Taylor Marsh:
TPM Cuts Female Writer Not Making Case for Obama  —  Hi there.  Linda Hirshman here.  I just got the boot from TPM Café, where I have been blogging for more than a year.  Back story: I published a piece on the cover of the Outlook section of the Washington Post last Sunday, March 2 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
Poll: Most Americans don't read political blogs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans do not read political blogs, the online commentaries that have proliferated in the race for the U.S. presidency, according to a poll released on Monday.  —  Only 22 percent of people responding …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Donklephant and Daily Takes
Michelle Malkin:
Bias alert: The Cheney/KBR-deranged Associated Press spins a DoD report on water quality in Iraq  —  Over the weekend, the Associated Press ran a fear-mongering story headlined, “Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick.”  The article made sweeping claims about a DoD inspector general's report purporting …
Discussion: TBogg
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
More Punditry Peeves  —  As a sidebar to an article at ABC news …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Panel Sues to Force Bush Aides to Table
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
In Developer's Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role
Thomas de Zengotita / The Huffington Post:
Why The Spitzer Scandal Should Work For Obama
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