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10:45 AM ET, March 11, 2008


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Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Spitzer Sex Sting: A Few More Questions  —  It looks like the Bush Justice Department just bagged themselves another Democratic Governor.  Here's the New York Times on the story: … On the other hand, ABC News this evening offers a starkly different account of how the investigation got launched.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer  —  Officials Say Spitzer Is ‘Client 9’ in a Federal Complaint Against the Prostitution Ring  —  The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers …
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's Rise and Fall  —  One might call it Shakespearian if there were a shred of nobleness in the story of Eliot Spitzer's fall.  There is none.  Governor Spitzer, who made his career by specializing in not just the prosecution, but the ruin, of other men, is himself almost certainly ruined.
New York Times:
Spitzer Said to Be Weighing Resignation  —  ALBANY — Gov. Eliot Spitzer continued to weigh whether to resign early Tuesday, a day after law enforcement officials said he was a client of a high-end prostitution ring broken up last week by federal authorities.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Some Questions About the Spitzer Incident  —  ABC is reporting that Eliot Spitzer came under the attention of the Feds because his bank reported “suspicious money transfers” to the IRS.  The Justice Department brought it to the FBI's Public Corruption Squad, who looked into it and found …
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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
Michelle Malkin:
Left and right agree: Eliot Spitzer must go
NY Daily News:
Editorials: Hit the road, john...
Discussion: New York Post
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
A Criminal Case Possible Under the Mann Act
Discussion: City Room and Spin Cycle
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: Moonbattery and Roger L. Simon
Clinton or Obama?  Mississippi's time to decide  —  Despite election fervor, moderate turnout expected  —  A close race between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will draw more voters to the polls today than the last presidential primary, state officials predict.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Accuses Clinton of Using “Republican Tactics”  —  From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:  —  JACKSON, MISS. — Barack Obama continued to go after Hillary Clinton this evening, accusing her of using “Republican tactics” against him.  —  “When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw …
Avni Patel / ABCNEWS:   The Clinton Tax Returns: What's the Holdup?
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.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
How the Democrats Could Lose  —  By official count, The Post's 10th most e-mailed column of 2007 was published last June under the headline “How the GOP Could Win.”  It said that the Republican Party would promote national security as the salient issue of the campaign, making a silk purse …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
House Steers Its Own Path on Wiretaps  —  WASHINGTON — In continued defiance of the White House, House Democratic leaders are readying a proposal that would reject giving legal protection to the phone companies that helped in the National Security Agency's program of wiretapping without warrants …
Discussion: Hold Fast
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Panel Sues to Force Bush Aides to Table
Discussion: Political Machine and cab drollery
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama-Clinton Race Creates Security Concerns for Secret Service  —  The political passions stirred by the Democratic presidential battle between the possible first black nominee and the possible first woman are also stirring security concerns on the part of the U.S. Secret Service.
Discussion: rubber hose and Unfogged
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Rep. Abercrombie gets Craiged  —  While reporters were hovering outside a Capitol Hill conclave of the Michigan and Florida delegations last Wednesday night, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) just happened to come by to use the restroom, which he did.  —  But when he emerged …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
The Specter of McCain Democrats  —  A significant slice of Hillary Clinton's supporters — that is, moderate Democrats — might prefer McCain over Obama, or so I speculated a few weeks back.  It was a hunch based on conversations and some suggestive but hardly definitive poll numbers.
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David Weigel / Reason:
Evolution of a rEVOLution  —  What next for the Ron Paul revolution?
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
PhRMA goes bipartisan
John Nichols / The Nation:
Spitzer Bust Worries Clinton
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Blogs of War
Gerald Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Scanning for a GOP Running Mate
Discussion: Swampland
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Clinton, Obama prepare for long, hard slog in Pennsylvania
Discussion: MSNBC
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Disagreeing with Ferraro  —  Between the Spitzer story …
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas presidential caucus winner? Check back in 18 days
Discussion: Firedoglake
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton Supporters Favor Quick Creation of “Dream Ticket”
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
New Guidelines Ahead of Ashcroft Testimony
Little Green Footballs:
A Call on the Clue Phone for Juan Cole
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Out of the Tank  —  The press turns its guns on Obama.
John Metcalfe / New York Times:
Disinvited to a Screening, a Critic Ends Up in a Faith-Based Crossfire
Discussion: Pharyngula and American Street
Asif Shahzad / Associated Press:
24 killed in Pakistan suicide bombings
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
New York Times:
Affidavit: Client 9 and Room 871
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
In Developer's Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role