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10:00 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Ferraro defends controversial comments on Barack Obama  —  Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro today defended a remark she made to the Daily Breeze last week, in which she suggested that Sen. Barack Obama would not be where he is if he were white.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A Ferraro flashback  —  “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race,” she said.  —  Really.  The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.  —  Here's the full context:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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.
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Ferarro: Obama Where He Is Because He's Black
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Gothamist
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'They're attacking me because I'm white'
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Obama, Clinton Tangle Over Ferraro
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:   Ferraro's remarks about Obama decried
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Adamsorensen / The Page:
A Defiant Ferraro Defends Herself Over Obama Comment; Clinton …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Axelrod cites HRC camp ‘pattern’ on race
Discussion: The Swamp and The Trail
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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ABCNEWS:
Spitzer Escort: Governor Was a Nice Guy, Good Tipper  —  22-Year-Old Escort Says Spitzer 'Didn't Do Anything That Wasn't Clean'  —  A 22-year-old escort found on another call-girl Web site told ABC News in a phone interview that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been one of her customers two years ago …
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 …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Sources: Spitzer To Step Down Tomorrow  —  Governor Huddles With Lawyers at Home  —  ALBANY — After wrestling over the decision for days, Governor Spitzer is poised to announce his resignation tomorrow, according to senior aides.  —  Earlier today, a top aide to Mr. Spitzer …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS
Discussion: Newsday, Jezebel and Dealbreaker
Fox News:
Silda Wall Spitzer's Friend: Take the Kids and Run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Peter Baker / The Trail:
Hillary Clinton's Spitzer Problem
Discussion: NY Daily News and Spin Cycle
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.
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood
Fox News:
Obama Wins Mississippi Democratic Primary  —  Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday, FOX News projects, giving him an expected but vital victory as he tries to fracture the momentum Hillary Clinton picked up with her wins one week earlier.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama wins Mississippi primary
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:
Obama projected winner in Mississippi
Discussion: Pollster.com and MyDD
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE HILLARY FEEDING FRENZY....The online feeding frenzy against Hillary Clinton is driving me crazy.  And that's despite the fact that I support Obama and, all things considered, think Hillary should probably withdraw from the race.  —  More on that later — maybe — but for now I just want …
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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 …
NECN:
Pelosi dismisses Democratic ‘Dream Ticket’  —  (NECN) - Thinking a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket sounds too good to be true for Democrats?  The Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California says you're right.  —  “I think that ticket either way is impossible,” …
Discussion: The Confluence
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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 …
 
 
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J. Marion Tierney / New York Times:
A Boy Named Sue, and a Theory of Names
Discussion: L.A. Times
Michelle Malkin:
Why the GOP lost Hastert's seat, continued
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Dow Climbs 416.66 for Its Biggest Gain in Over 5 Years
Harry / Crooked Timber:
Respecting Religious Believers
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Plans Decentralized Campaign
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Favor Compromise on Florida, Michigan Delegates
Discussion: Wampum
 Earlier Items: 
Ali / Think Progress:
Dr. Laura blames Spitzer's wife for scandal.
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
$40,000 for Man Tasered on YouTube
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Confirmed: Obama Did Gain Delegates From California Vote Count
The Politico:
Obama backer revives Clinton sex scandals
 

 
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