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6:50 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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New York Post:
SPITZER HAS USED HOOKERS FOR 6 YEARS: SOURCES  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been soliciting high-priced hookers for at least six years and possibly for more than a decade, sources tell The Post.  —  The revelation yesterday that the crusading governor was in fact “Client 9” …
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iowahawk:
Amid Charges of Spitzer Tryst, Embattled Prostitute “Kristen” Expected to Resign  —  New York - At a hastily scheduled morning press conference at the headquarters of New York's exclusive Emperors Club prostitution ring, high priced call girl “Kristen” announced that she would temporarily step aside …
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Aide: Spitzer May Defy Calls To Step Down  —  Governor Huddles With Lawyers at Home  —  ALBANY — A top aide to Governor Spitzer said today Mr. Spitzer has not made up his mind about whether to step down from office despite mounting calls for his resignation amid allegations that he arranged …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS  —  Just how in the hell would a high-profile, ho-bustin' politician like Eliot Spitzer ever expect to get away with his pay-for-play D.C. side piece?  —  “It's so easy not to not get caught,” reformed Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss tells Radar …
Discussion: protein wisdom, Jezebel and Dealbreaker
Peter Baker / The Trail:
Hillary Clinton's Spitzer Problem
Discussion: NY Daily News and Spin Cycle
Fox News:
Silda Wall Spitzer's Friend: Take the Kids and Run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Times:
Top U.S. Commander in Mideast to Retire Early  —  WASHINGTON — Adm. William J. Fallon, the top American commander in the Middle East whose views on Iran and other issues have seemed to put him at odds with the Bush administration, is retiring early, the Pentagon said Tuesday afternoon.
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Since U Been Gone, I Can Bomb For The First Time  —  Admiral William Fallon, the bulwark between Bush and a war with Iran, is resigning as head of U.S. Central Command.  According to the tidbit I just saw on CNN, apparently Secretary Bob Gates said that Fallon quit for the most postmodern of reasons …
CNN:
Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East
Discussion: Fox News and Outside The Beltway
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood
The Agonist:
Admiral Fallon Resigns
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton  —  Finally, the Barack Obama campaign has found a big gun to help shoot down Hillary Rodham Clinton's self-proclaimed foreign policy experience.  And he may be the wackiest gun of all: Sinbad, the actor, who has come out from under a rock to defend Obama in the war over foreign policy credentials.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama adviser says Clinton must ‘repudiate’ backer's comments  —  (CNN) — A senior adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign called on Hillary Clinton to “repudiate” a comment by one of her top fundraisers that Barack Obama would not be a major presidential contender if he were not black.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Obama Adviser: Hillary Must Remove Ferraro From Campaign
Discussion: MSNBC, TalkLeft, Donklephant and Fox News
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
Ferraro's remarks about Obama decried
Discussion: Mercury Rising
Agence France Presse:
Obama fury over Clinton backer Ferraro's race remark
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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Byron York / The Corner:
Former Clinton Loyalist: Don't Believe Hillary's Claims
Discussion: Donklephant
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 / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pelosi: No ticket  —  Nancy Pelosi tells Boston TV that a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket is “impossible.”  —  “I think that the Clinton administration (sic) has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better Commander in Chief than Obama.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
The Politico:
Obama backer revives Clinton sex scandals  —  Another sign of the anger in Obamaland at the Clinton campaign: an email from a member of Obama's LGBT leadership council, Maxim Thorne, to a couple of listservs:  —  “We cannot tolerate her lies and stolen election,” Thorne wrote of Clinton, revisiting familiar themes:
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Received Defense Firm Cash After Backing Its Contract  —  Critics on Tuesday questioned whether Sen. John McCain catered to special interests when he aggressively threw his support behind a $35 billion Pentagon contract for a European plane maker.  —  McCain, the presumptive GOP …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney says he'd take Veep job  —  Mitt Romney said in his first interview since departing the GOP race that he would accept the number two position on the ticket and that there is no lingering bitterness between him and John McCain.  —  “I think any Republican leader in this country …
Discussion: The Swamp and Don Surber
Ali / Think Progress:
Dr. Laura blames Spitzer's wife for scandal.  —  Today, right-wing radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger appeared on NBC's Today Show in a segment called “Why do men cheat?”  Schlessinger argued that Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) cheated because his wife failed “make him feel like a man”: … Watch it:
 
 
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