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5:40 PM ET, March 12, 2008

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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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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.
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.
Discussion: The Corner
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
SPITZER RESIGNS  —  New York's randy governor gave a red-faced resignation speech this morning in the wake of revelations that he patronized prostitutes while traveling on official business.  —  Effective next Monday Gov. Spitzer will cede power to Lt. Gov. David Paterson …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:   Eliot the ‘Enforcer’  —  As the political career of Eliot Spitzer melts …
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Time on Her Side: Obama Maintains Lead, but Clinton Might Have the Edge  —  Intense Democratic Primary Voting Takes a Break as Intense Contest Continues  —  The Clinton campaign plans to use the coming six-week gap in primary voting to aggressively push its case that Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
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.
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.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
“Fox” Fallon Wasn't Hounded Out  —  THE CENTCOM COMMANDER BROUGHT ABOUT HIS OWN OUSTER.  —  It's a shame that Adm. William “Fox” Fallon has resigned, or been ousted, as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East.  But he brought it entirely on himself.  —  Contrary to the charges …
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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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rush's effect?  —  I have to say, I'm mystified by the large number of Republicans turning up in the Mississippi Democratic primary to vote for Hillary.  They more than doubled their share of the 2004 Democratic primary, up to 13%.  They were among Clinton's best demographics groups …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Self-Loathing Democrats?  —  Ben Smith at the Politico notes …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Publius Pundit
Marc Ambinder:
Would Bush's Justice Department Have To OK New Florida, Michigan Mail Primaries?  —  In order to get them in and have 'em count by June 10, lawyers for Barack Obama say the answer, unequivocally, is yes.  —  Here's the reasoning: while a federal judge last year upheld the DNC's right …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Martin: Florida, Michigan don't deserve revote
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
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.
Ryan J. Davis / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, The Musical...  When Joe Drymala and I first began working on what would become Street Lights over two years ago, Barack Obama was barely known to us.  Like many other Democrats, we'd both flipped out over his 2004 convention speech, but we figured he was probably a nice …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
 
 
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Associated Press:
CNN Admits: We Shouldn't Have Used Alleged Stripper Biter As Spitzer Commentator
Discussion: Think Progress
National Review:
Brawl in St. Paul
Ban Ki-moon / Washington Post:
The New Face Of Hunger  —  The price of food is soaring.
Inside Higher Ed:
The Shrinking Professoriate
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Camp Challenges Clinton On Electability
Charles Crumm / The Oakland Press:
Kevorkian planning run for Congress
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Severed fingers of 5 hostages held in Iraq delivered to U.S.
Discussion: American Power
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Herman / Window on Washington:
Bush: ‘Fairness Doctrine’ unfair
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: Hillary Is Already “Waving White Flag” …
Ynetnews:
Tehran police chief caught with 6 prostitutes
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Thomas Lifson / Real Clear Politics:
The Air Force Tanker Deal
Marc Ambinder:
The Obama Campaign's Delegate Count Chart
Discussion: Trailhead
Laura McKenna / Pajamas Media:
HILLARY VOTERS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Conviction in slaying, rape likely to be tossed
Discussion: The Agitator