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1:40 AM ET, March 12, 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:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'They're attacking me because I'm white'  —  Ferraro calls the Daily Breeze back, and re-iterates the Clinton's campaign's allegation that Obama is playing the race card.  —  “Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality …
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Ferarro: Obama Where He Is Because He's Black
Adamsorensen / The Page:
A Defiant Ferraro Defends Herself Over Obama Comment; Clinton …
Discussion: Morning Call and Truthdig
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FERRARO VIGOROUSLY DEFENDS REMARKS
Discussion: I Am TRex
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: Liberal Values and TalkLeft
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 …
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New York Post:
SPITZER HAS USED HOOKERS FOR 10 YEARS: SOURCES  —  By By FRED DICKER in Albany and JEANE MACINTOSH and CHUCK BENNETT  —  Disgraced Gov. Spitzer dropped up to $80,000 on sex with prostitutes, sources revealed tonight.  —  Spitzer, a millionaire, was hopping into bed with harlots for as long …
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:
Spitzer Is Poised To Resign Today  —  Tense Drama as Lawyers Negotiate  —  ALBANY — After agonizing over the decision, Governor Spitzer will capitulate to the growing clamor for his resignation over his alleged link to a high-end prostitution ring and turn over the reins of power …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS
Discussion: Dealbreaker and Jezebel
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood and Middle Earth Journal
Fox News:
Obama Wins Mississippi Democratic Primary  —  Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday, FOX News projected, 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  —  The results of Mississippi's primary today show a sharp divide along racial lines, with overwhelming African-American support for Barack Obama, and a solid, though less sweeping, white majority for Hillary Clinton.  —  Though it may be tempting to link …
CBS News:
Obama Takes Mississippi
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pollster.com
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins Mississippi
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.
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 …
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fla. Dems settle on new plan for vote-by-mail primary  —  WASHINGTON — Facing tight deadlines for a do-over election, Florida Democrats are rushing to deliver to the national party as soon as Thursday a plan to vote again in the presidential primary — this time, by mail.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats in Florida Are Near Plan for New Vote
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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 …
Bob Warner / Philly.com:
Vince Fumo to retire, source says  —  State senator Vincent Fumo, one of the leading powerbrokers in Pennsylvania politics for the last generation, plans to give up his reelection bid and retire from the legislature at the end of the year.  —  Fumo, 64, still recovering from a heart attack 10 days ago …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Greg Mitchell / Mother Jones:
The Iraq Follies  —  COMMENTARY: Eighteen things you've already forgotten about the media's flawed coverage of Iraq.  —  In putting together my new book, So Wrong for So Long, on Iraq and the media, I revisited the good, the bad, and the ugly in war coverage from the run-up to the invasion through …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SAY IT AIN'T SO  —  We just got an email from a longtime and prized reader, TPM Reader JS.
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Marc Ambinder:
House Dems in Florida: No Re-Do
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
New ethics office approved by House after controversial vote
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Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Media Overlook Fed Bailout in Plain View
Discussion: News Hounds
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
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Hillary's Resume  —  Jim - The New York Times did its due diligence …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Plans Decentralized Campaign
Ali / Think Progress:
Dr. Laura blames Spitzer's wife for scandal.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Confirmed: Obama Did Gain Delegates From California Vote Count
The Politico:
Obama backer revives Clinton sex scandals