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12:05 PM ET, March 11, 2008


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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
Kelli Arena / CNN:
Sources: Money transfers spurred Spitzer probe  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The allegations bearing down on New York's governor didn't start with a prostitute — despite lurid details in a federal affidavit detailing an alleged tryst with a “very pretty brunette” named Kristen last month.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and The Caucus
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer
GOP lawmakers threaten to impeach Spitzer
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
NY Daily News:
Editorials: Hit the road, john...
Discussion: New York Post
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: QandO, Roger L. Simon and Moonbattery
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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
PhRMA goes bipartisan
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Jennifer Parker / Rapid Report:
Exclusive: U.S. Military Concludes No Saddam Link to Al Qaeda
Gateway Pundit:
McClatchy Newspapers Report: “There Is No Al-Qaeda in Iraq”
Discussion: PoliGazette and Balloon Juice
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.
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
Reality and the Iraq war  —  Is the progress today the first glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel?  Maybe, maybe not.  But the Democrats shouldn't act as though it's an oncoming train.  —  Most Democrats — in fact, most Americans — believe that the Iraq war has been a huge mistake for this country.
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 …
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: Think Progress and Cliff Schecter
Brian Knowlton / International Herald Tribune:
Bush hopes Cheney's Mideast visit will rein in oil prices  —  WASHINGTON: With oil soaring to a record $108 a barrel amid mounting signs of U.S. economic turbulence, President George W. Bush said Monday that he was sending Vice President Dick Cheney to the Middle East to raise concerns …
Discussion: Eschaton and Roger L. Simon
John Nichols / The Nation:
Spitzer Bust Worries Clinton  —  The governor of her homestate — who also happens to be one of her highest-profile backers — is in trouble, big trouble.  —  But Hillary Clinton donesn't want to go there.  —  Asked about the burgeoning prostitution scandal involving New York Governor Eliot Spitzer …
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Blogs of War
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton Supporters Favor Quick Creation of “Dream Ticket”
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama-Clinton Race Creates Security Concerns for Secret Service
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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Discussion: Salon and Hold Fast
Little Green Footballs:
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Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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Discussion: Pharyngula
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