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3:20 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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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.
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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:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'They're attacking me because I'm white'
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Ferarro: Obama Where He Is Because He's Black
Discussion: The Fix and Los Angeles Times
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Ferraro's comment about Obama's race draws fire
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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 …
iowahawk:
Amid Charges of Spitzer Tryst, Embattled Prostitute “Kristen” Expected to Resign  —  New York - At a hastily scheduled morning press conference at the headquarters of New York's exclusive Emperors Club prostitution ring, high priced call girl “Kristen” announced that she would temporarily step aside …
Discussion: Right Voices
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:   Foes of Sex Trade Are Stung by the Fall of an Ally
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG PICTURE ON FALLON
Discussion: Attytood and Middle Earth Journal
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama wins Mississippi primary  —  The results of Mississippi's primary today show a sharp divide along racial lines, with overwhelming African-American support for Barack Obama, and a solid, though less sweeping, white majority for Hillary Clinton.  —  Though it may be tempting to link …
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Swamp
CBS News:
Obama Takes Mississippi
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pollster.com
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins Mississippi
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton  —  Finally, the Barack Obama campaign has found a big gun to help shoot down Hillary Rodham Clinton's self-proclaimed foreign policy experience.  And he may be the wackiest gun of all: Sinbad, the actor, who has come out from under a rock to defend Obama in the war over foreign policy credentials.
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.
Discussion: Anglachel's Journal and TalkLeft
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats in Florida Are Near Plan for New Vote
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Daily Kos
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE HILLARY FEEDING FRENZY....The online feeding frenzy against Hillary Clinton is driving me crazy.  And that's despite the fact that I support Obama and, all things considered, think Hillary should probably withdraw from the race.  —  More on that later — maybe — but for now I just want …
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
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
 
 
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Extreme Mortman:
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mutual Contempt  —  The long history of the McCain-Obama grudge.
Discussion: American Spectator
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com:
Bush Tied to Child Prostitution - Resignation or Impeachment Expected!
Associated Press:
Oklahoma legislator's anti-gay comments stir hostile reaction
Jerusalem Post:
Kuwaiti paper denounces yeshiva attack
Discussion: The New Republic
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Carson wins seat in 7th District race
USA Today:
401(k)s tapped to save homes
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MISSISSIPPI CROSSOVERS  —  I suspect partisans on either side …
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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
New ethics office approved by House after controversial vote
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Greg Mitchell / Mother Jones:
The Iraq Follies  —  COMMENTARY: Eighteen things you've already …
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