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9:45 PM ET, March 12, 2008

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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Breaking: Ferraro steps down  —  (CNN) - Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from her role as a member of Hillary Clinton's finance committee.In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux — who spoke with the former vice presidential candidate shortly after she sent it to Clinton …
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The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann To Do “Special Comment” About Hillary Clinton Tonight — First Time Targeting A Democrat  —  On last night's “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann announced that tonight he'd be delivering another of his “Special Comments” — his impassioned, angry monologues fueled by outrage …
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Ferraro steps down from Clinton campaign  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is resigning her fundraising position with Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign after controversial comments she made about Clinton's rival, Sen. Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Caucus, The Reaction and Wonkette
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Ferraro Quits Clinton Post
dnA / Too Sense:
What The Clinton Campaign Wants You To Hear
Discussion: Daily Kos
Reuters:
Geraldine Ferraro defends remarks about Obama
New York Times:
Woman at the Center of Governor's Downfall  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose rise to political power as a fierce enforcer of ethics in public life was undone by revelations of his own involvement with prostitutes, resigned on Wednesday, becoming the first New York governor to leave office amid scandal in nearly a century.
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ABCNEWS:
Escort: 'I'm Not THAT Kristen'  —  A Brunette Escort Named Kristen, Who Advertises Her Services Online, Says She Is Not the One Linked to Spitzer  —  A voluptuous brunette escort named Kristen, who advertises her availability online “for discriminating gentlemen,” says she is not the “Kristen” linked to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Nturitz / PageSix.com:
Spitzer's Hooker “Revealed”  —  PageSix.com can reveal a portfolio description from the Emperors Club web site which could depict the “Kristen” mentioned in the Governor Eliot Spitzer prostitution case.  —  The 5-foot-5-inch brunette likes dining at fancy restaurants and will show up wearing very high heels.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
SPITZER RESIGNS  —  New York's randy governor gave …
Jennifer Parker / Rapid Report:
Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention.  This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send …
Jed / The Jed Report:
The GOP is now gaming our primary for Hillary Clinton.  It's time to end it.  —  Now that John McCain has won the GOP nomination, Republicans are voting in the Democratic primary in increasing numbers, hoping to pick their opponent for the November election, or at least cause more turmoil in our already divisive nomination battle.
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Associated Press:
Woman sits on boyfriend's toilet for 2 years  —  Girlfriend was physically stuck to the seat — her skin had grown around it  —  NESS CITY, Kan. - Deputies said a woman in western Kansas sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years, and they're investigating whether she was mistreated.
Discussion: Wake up America
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Are We Closer to War?  —  The abrupt resignation yesterday of the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, Admiral William J.  “Fox” Fallon, has sparked a new round of speculation that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have some sort of plan in the works to attack Iran before their time is up.
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ABCNEWS:
THE BURQA GETS A MAKEOVER  —  The Burqa Gets a Makeover  —  The burqa is the wardrobe of choice for many Muslim women.  It is worn over a woman's daily clothing, usually covering her from head to toe.  Today, the burqa has gone designer, popping up on fashion runways in the West …
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Little Green Footballs:
Norway Welcomes Their New Overlords …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David Corn / MotherJones.com:
McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: Televangelist Rod Parsley, a key McCain ally in Ohio, has called for eradicating the “false religion.”  Will the GOP presidential candidate renounce him?  —  Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's race against time  —  Are Clinton's inept attack ads and faux-feminism enough?  Can Obama learn to attack?  Plus: American eroticism devolves to Barbie boobs and Botox.  —  Greetings from ground zero — the Philadelphia suburbs where the epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton …
Al Giordano / The Field:
Delegate Math Guarantees Clinton a “Big, Big Pennsylvania Victory”  —  Surrogate-in-chief Bill Clinton was making the rounds yesterday in Western Pennsylvania doing his expectations-setting thing, telling reporters and anyone that would listen that Senator Clinton needs to post a “big, big victory” in Pennsylvania on April 22:
Discussion: Open Left
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Arkansas Woman, Left in Cell, Goes 4 Days With No Food or Water  —  A woman was locked for four days in a tiny holding cell in a northern Arkansas courthouse, forgotten by the authorities and left without food or water, the local Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
$42,000?  Let's Get This Party Started!  —  What can I say.  In a little over 24 hours, much to our surprise, we raised almost $42,000 to go after Bush Dog Democrats who are joining with the Republicans to try and pass retroactive telecom immunity.  —  Woof.  —  So the question is still — who do we go after?
National Review:
Brawl in St. Paul  —  John McCain won the Republican primaries by running as a pro-life Reagan Republican, committed to low taxes and a strong defense.  We assume that he will therefore pick a running mate who shares his positions on fundamental issues whom conservatives can support with enthusiasm.
 
 
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CBS4:
Proposed Law Looks to Wipe Out Problem
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain moves to the lead in Michigan, tied in Pennsylvania
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
House Republicans raise lots of money
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Split Over Florida and Michigan
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: SEND IN THE CLOWN
Discussion: Political Machine
Ross Douthat:
Prostitution, Morality and the Law
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA Sets New Ozone Standard, Overrides Advisers
Discussion: Think Progress and On Deadline
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama's Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Says Obama Campaign Opposes Any Revote
Discussion: TalkLeft, D-Day and Open Left
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Judiciary Committee Members: Administration Has Not Made the Case …
Sean Wilentz / The New Republic:
Hold On—'3 A.M.' Wasn't Racist
Richelieu / Weekly Standard Blog:
“Go Hillary, Go!”  —  Das Hillary Apparat is claiming …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation
Associated Press:
CNN Admits: We Shouldn't Have Used Alleged Stripper Biter As Spitzer Commentator
Inside Higher Ed:
The Shrinking Professoriate
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Severed fingers of 5 hostages held in Iraq delivered to U.S.