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4:00 PM ET, March 11, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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” …
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 …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
Discussion: protein wisdom and Jezebel
Associated Press:
Experts analyze Spitzer's thinking
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Patrick LaForge / City Room:
The Late-Night Comics Take on Spitzer
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Assessing the Spitzer Fallout
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Hot Air
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.
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.
Chris Orr / The New Republic:   (More on) Race and the Red Phone
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.
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Geraldine Ferraro sparks controversy with remark on Obama
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Byron York / The Corner:   Former Clinton Loyalist: Don't Believe Hillary's Claims
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Foreign Policy Memo
Discussion: The New Republic
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Team Obama Hits Clinton on Experience Claims
Discussion: The Corner
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.
Matthew Yglesias:   Oh!  —  Michael O'Hanlon, like some mythic monster …
Ilan Goldenberg /
O'Hanlon and the Op-Ed Pages
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.
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 …
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
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
House Surveillance Bill Contains Provision to Aid Telecom Suits  —  As The New York Times reports this morning, the House leadership's draft proposal for a surveillance bill contains a provision that would reject giving retroactive immunity to the telecoms.  Instead, it would give …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Targeting bad Democrats
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Devil Is In The Investigative Details In Spitzer Case
White House:
President Bush Attends National Religious Broadcasters 2008 Convention  —  Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you all.  Please be seated.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  Nothing better than being introduced by a fellow Texan.
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Draft
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:
Discussion: The Bilerico Project
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Hillary Clinton, 60 Minutes, and the Muslim question
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Confirmed: Obama Did Gain Delegates From California Vote Count
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Matt / Think Progress:
Searching For Media Hypocrisy, Doocy Falsely Claims Vitter …
Michelle Malkin:
Jessica Alba embraces identity politics, yearns for “my baby to be brown”
Discussion: and LIBERTAS
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Oldest Profession  —  Prostitution, like drug trafficking …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Stand By Your Woman?
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
Man shoots sister then congratulated by family
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 Earlier Items: 
Harris Interactive:
More Than Half of Americans Never Read Political Blogs
Peter Y. Hong / Los Angeles Times:
UCLA experts don't buy recession
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Murdoch: There's no ‘conservative’ agenda
Kos / Daily Kos:
Update on Obama's “bad week”
Discussion: Political Machine
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Rep. Abercrombie gets Craiged
Discussion: Think Progress
Clinton or Obama? Mississippi's time to decide
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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