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3:30 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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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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's Media Enablers  —  The fall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer holds many lessons, and the press will surely be examining them in coming months.  But don't expect the press corps to delve into the biggest lesson of all — its own role as his enabler.  —  Journalists have spent the past …
CNN:
Sources: Spitzer to resign amid talks of plea deal  —  ALBANY, New York (CNN) — New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will resign Wednesday, his aides said, as he faces allegations — but no charges — that he is tied to an international prostitution ring ensnared in a federal probe.
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:   What the Neighbors are Saying  —  A little local reporting here …
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.
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rush's effect?  —  I have to say, I'm mystified by the large number …
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Self-Loathing Democrats?  —  Ben Smith at the Politico notes …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Publius Pundit
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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 …
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.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
“Fox” Fallon Wasn't Hounded Out
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:
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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Charles Crumm / The Oakland Press:
Kevorkian planning run for Congress  —  Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who spent eight years in prison for second-degree murder, says he's running for Congress.  —  Kevorkian, who will be 80 years old in May, picked up petitions from the Oakland County Clerk's Office on Tuesday …
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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
Inside Higher Ed:
The Shrinking Professoriate  —  Every other year, data released by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics provide a snapshot of the growth of part-time positions in the professoriate.  This year — an off-year for that data — the federal statistics provide evidence …
Laura McKenna / Pajamas Media:
HILLARY VOTERS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN  —  You don't have to be a “shoulder-pad feminist” to cast a gender-driven vote.  Laura McKenna looks at why many women have chosen Hillary.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  With so few real policy differences between …
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Severed fingers of 5 hostages held in Iraq delivered to U.S.  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. authorities in Baghdad have received five severed fingers belonging to four Americans and an Austrian who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq, officials here said today.
 
 
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Bill Mears / CNN:
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Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
House OKs an outside panel to investigate its ethics
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's race against time  —  Are Clinton's inept attack ads and faux-feminism enough?
Ken Herman / Window on Washington:
Bush: ‘Fairness Doctrine’ unfair
Ynetnews:
Tehran police chief caught with 6 prostitutes
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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Duke of Westminster ‘linked’ to escort agency
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site RateMyCop.com
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Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
CNN finds a real expert on sex scandals: Kendall Coffey
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
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Daphne Retter / New York Post:
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