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7:10 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A Ferraro flashback  —  “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race,” she said.  —  Really.  The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.  —  Here's the full context:
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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.
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Ferarro: Obama Where He Is Because He's Black
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and LA Observed
ABCNEWS:
Spitzer Escort: Governor Was a Nice Guy, Good Tipper  —  22-Year-Old Escort Says Spitzer 'Didn't Do Anything That Wasn't Clean'  —  A 22-year-old escort found on another call-girl Web site told ABC News in a phone interview that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been one of her customers two years ago …
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New York Post:
SPITZER HAS USED HOOKERS FOR 10 YEARS: SOURCES  —  By By FRED DICKER in Albany and JEANE MACINTOSH and CHUCK BENNETT  —  Disgraced Gov. Spitzer dropped up to $80,000 on sex with prostitutes, sources revealed tonight.  —  Spitzer, a millionaire, was hopping into bed with harlots for as long …
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Foes of Sex Trade Are Stung by the Fall of an Ally  —  As New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer had broken up prostitution rings before, but this 2004 case took on a special urgency for him.  Prosecuting an international sex tourism business based in Queens, he listened to the entreaties …
Discussion: URGENT AGENDA and BeldarBlog
Fox News:
Obama Wins Mississippi Democratic Primary  —  Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday, FOX News projected, giving him an expected but vital victory as he tries to fracture the momentum Hillary Clinton picked up with her wins one week earlier.
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CBS News:
Obama Takes Mississippi
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pollster.com
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins Mississippi
Marc Ambinder:
House Dems in Florida: No Re-Do  —  Moments ago, Democrats representing Florida in Congress released this joint statement, effectively putting the kibosh on a mail-in re-do primary: … Even if the candidates agree, there will be no expedited solution unless the courts somehow intervene …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Re-vote picture clouds
Discussion: Donklephant and Redstate
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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Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
An admiral takes on the White House
Discussion: US News and Big Brass Blog
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Since U Been Gone, I Can Bomb For The First Time
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fla. Dems settle on new plan for vote-by-mail primary  —  WASHINGTON — Facing tight deadlines for a do-over election, Florida Democrats are rushing to deliver to the national party as soon as Thursday a plan to vote again in the presidential primary — this time, by mail.
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats in Florida Are Near Plan for New Vote
Discussion: Gothamist and TalkLeft
CNN:
Caucus win gives Obama more Texas delegates than Clinton  —  (CNN) — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has won the Texas Democratic caucuses and will get more delegates out of the state than his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who won the state's primary, according to CNN estimates.
Discussion: The Field
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Mississippi And IN-07 Results Thread  —  Two elections of national note tonight: the Mississippi Democratic presidential primary, and the special election for IN-07.  The former is expected to be an easy win for Obama, while the later is expected to be a fairly easy win for Democrat Andre Carson …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, MyDD and Blue Indiana
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Carson wins seat in 7th District race
Discussion: Blue Indiana
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 …
David Mamet / Village Voice:
Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’  —  John Maynard Keynes was twitted with changing his mind.  He replied, “When the facts change, I change my opinion.  What do you do, sir?”  —  My favorite example of a change of mind was Norman Mailer at The Village Voice.
Discussion: The American Scene
Bob Warner / Philly.com:
Vince Fumo to retire, source says  —  State senator Vincent Fumo, one of the leading powerbrokers in Pennsylvania politics for the last generation, plans to give up his reelection bid and retire from the legislature at the end of the year.  —  Fumo, 64, still recovering from a heart attack 10 days ago …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Media Overlook Fed Bailout in Plain View  —  Can't the media find any economists who don't think that handing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to the big banks and the incredibly rich people who own and manage them is a good idea?  Apparently not, given the coverage so far …
Discussion: News Hounds
 
 
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James O'Toole / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Clinton travels memory lane in Scranton
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, Clinton 45%
Ynetnews:
Senior security official confirms lull agreement with Hamas
Discussion: Israellycool and Yourish.com
Agence France Presse:
McCain heads to Israel, Europe
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Extreme Mortman:
President Bush's Big News On Fairness Doctrine Opposition
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mutual Contempt  —  The long history of the McCain-Obama grudge.
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com:
Bush Tied to Child Prostitution - Resignation or Impeachment Expected!
Associated Press:
Oklahoma legislator's anti-gay comments stir hostile reaction
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MISSISSIPPI CROSSOVERS  —  I suspect partisans on either side …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Democrats Fight Over Defining ‘Winner’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SAY IT AIN'T SO  —  We just got an email from a longtime and prized reader, TPM Reader JS.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
New ethics office approved by House after controversial vote
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Mitchell / Mother Jones:
The Iraq Follies  —  COMMENTARY: Eighteen things you've already …
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