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11:15 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Eliot Spitzer As Alexander Portnoy
Discussion: Time
Tim Graham /
Early MSNBC Pundits Defend Spitzer, Lash Out at Prudish America
Discussion: QandO, Moonbattery and Roger L. Simon
NY Daily News:
Editorials: Hit the road, john...
Discussion: New York Post
Michelle Malkin:
Left and right agree: Eliot Spitzer must go
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
A Criminal Case Possible Under the Mann Act
Discussion: City Room and Spin Cycle
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
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama hopes for win in Mississippi
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
PhRMA goes bipartisan
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Out of the Tank  —  The press turns its guns on Obama.
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.
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.
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
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Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
Minn. lawmaker wants scent-free schools
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Liberals' McCain Problem
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Rep. Abercrombie gets Craiged
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
David Weigel / Reason:
Evolution of a rEVOLution  —  What next for the Ron Paul revolution?
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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”
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
New Guidelines Ahead of Ashcroft Testimony
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
House Steers Its Own Path on Wiretaps
Discussion: Hold Fast
Little Green Footballs:
A Call on the Clue Phone for Juan Cole
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam, al Qaida
John Metcalfe / New York Times:
Disinvited to a Screening, a Critic Ends Up in a Faith-Based Crossfire
Discussion: Pharyngula
New York Times:
Affidavit: Client 9 and Room 871