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9:30 AM ET, March 11, 2008


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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Mr. Spitzer's ‘Private Matter’  —  New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could not have been more wrong in his brief public appearance after the world learned that he was suspected of patronizing a prostitution ring.  He did not just betray his family in a private matter.
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 …
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.
Discussion: City Room, TigerHawk and BizzyBlog
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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Left and right agree: Eliot Spitzer must go  —  Cover of today's NYPost.  —  A survey of this morning's lead editorials in the NY press shows a bipartisan consensus: Eliot Spitzer has to go.  Both left and right bristled at Spitzer's brief, arrogant, remorseless, and dishonest statement …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy  —  I've been racking my brain for a character profile that would shed light on what the hell happened with Eliot Spitzer, and the only thing I'm coming up with is ... Alexander Portnoy, the Assistant Commissioner of Human Opportunity for the City of New York …
Discussion: Time
Pride goes before a fall
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: Moonbattery and Roger L. Simon
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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: The Caucus and Real Clear Politics
Taylor Marsh:
TPM Cuts Female Writer Not Making Case for Obama  —  Hi there.  Linda Hirshman here.  I just got the boot from TPM Café, where I have been blogging for more than a year.  Back story: I published a piece on the cover of the Outlook section of the Washington Post last Sunday, March 2 …
Discussion: Althouse, TalkLeft and American Power
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
In Developer's Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role  —  CHICAGO — An e-mail message made public on Monday in the fraud trial of Antoin Rezko, a businessman and political contributor, brought attention to Senator Barack Obama's role in discussions involving a state health planning board …
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