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8:50 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
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Aide: Spitzer May Defy Calls To Step Down  —  Governor Huddles With Lawyers at Home  —  ALBANY — A top aide to Governor Spitzer said today Mr. Spitzer has not made up his mind about whether to step down from office despite mounting calls for his resignation amid allegations that he arranged …
Fate Popcorn / RADAR:
FLEISS ADVICE: AVOIDING AN ELIOT MESS  —  Just how in the hell would a high-profile, ho-bustin' politician like Eliot Spitzer ever expect to get away with his pay-for-play D.C. side piece?  —  “It's so easy not to not get caught,” reformed Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss tells Radar …
Discussion: Jezebel and Dealbreaker
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Sources: Spitzer Resignation Expected Wednesday
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Baker / The Trail:
Hillary Clinton's Spitzer Problem
Discussion: NY Daily News and Spin Cycle
Fox News:
Silda Wall Spitzer's Friend: Take the Kids and Run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 AMERICAblog
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: An “Insidious Pattern” In The Clinton Campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:   Ferraro's remarks about Obama decried
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 …
CNN:
Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle East
Discussion: Fox News and Outside The Beltway
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   FALLON RESIGNS  —  Admiral William Fallon is out as CENTCOM commander.
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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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Hillary's Resume  —  Jim - The New York Times did its due diligence …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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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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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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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, You Decide 2008 and Hot Air
Ali / Think Progress:
Dr. Laura blames Spitzer's wife for scandal.  —  Today, right-wing radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger appeared on NBC's Today Show in a segment called “Why do men cheat?”  Schlessinger argued that Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) cheated because his wife failed “make him feel like a man”: … Watch it:
 
 
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Mick Hinton / Tulsa World:
Kern cites support from GOP
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Michelle Malkin:
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Respecting Religious Believers
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Plans Decentralized Campaign
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Democrats Favor Compromise on Florida, Michigan Delegates
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
AFL-CIO Targets McCain With $53 Million Campaign
Discussion: Truthdig
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