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6:35 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: Comment wasn't racist, it was fact  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — An unapologetic Geraldine Ferraro said Wednesday that her comments about the impact of Barack Obama's race on the electorate were taken out of context, and she stands by her words.  —  Ferraro stirred controversy …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Ferraro Quits Clinton Post
Channel '08:
Ferraro Speaks Out Again
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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 …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:   Eliot the ‘Enforcer’  —  As the political career of Eliot Spitzer melts …
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 …
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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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON FALLON....Was CENTCOM commander Adm. William Fallon unfairly forced to resign?  Fred Kaplan suggests it was probably inevitable: … There's a limit to how much public freelancing can be tolerated from a regional commander — or any other military officer.
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Matthew Yglesias:   Civilian Control  —  Kevin Drum's right about this but also wrong.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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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Al Giordano / The Field:
Delegate Math Guarantees Clinton a “Big, Big Pennsylvania Victory”
Discussion: Open Left
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HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation
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Marc Ambinder:
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Marc Ambinder:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: Hillary Is Already “Waving White Flag” …
Ynetnews:
Tehran police chief caught with 6 prostitutes
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: Gawker
Ryan J. Davis / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Laura McKenna / Pajamas Media:
HILLARY VOTERS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN