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9:10 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 …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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 …
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
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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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama, Clinton Tangle Over Ferraro
Discussion: Washington Wire and Gothamist
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:   Ferraro's remarks about Obama decried
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Axelrod cites HRC camp ‘pattern’ on race
Discussion: The Swamp and The Trail
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:   Ferraro's comment about Obama's race draws fire
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood
CNN:
Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East
Discussion: Fox News and Outside The Beltway
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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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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CNN:
Obama will win Mississippi, CNN projects  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama will win Mississippi's Democratic primary, CNN projects.  —  Obama will also finish first in the Texas Democratic caucuses, which were held last week.  —  He will get more delegates out of the state than rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, who won the state's primary.
Associated Press:
Obama projected winner in Mississippi
Discussion: Pollster.com and MyDD
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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   THE HILLARY FEEDING FRENZY....The online feeding frenzy …
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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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 …
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.
 
 
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Mick Hinton / Tulsa World:
Kern cites support from GOP
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Michelle Malkin:
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Harry / Crooked Timber:
Respecting Religious Believers
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain Plans Decentralized Campaign
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McCain Received Defense Firm Cash After Backing Its Contract
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Democrats Favor Compromise on Florida, Michigan Delegates
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Washington Wire:
AFL-CIO Targets McCain With $53 Million Campaign
Discussion: Truthdig
 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
Michelle Malkin:
Jessica Alba embraces identity politics, yearns for “my baby to be brown”
Discussion: Latina.com and LIBERTAS
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
Reality and the Iraq war