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8:50 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 Reaction and Wonkette
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DOG WHISTLES....Jonathan Cohn says this about Geraldine Ferraro's …
Discussion: TalkLeft and D-Day
dnA / Too Sense:
What The Clinton Campaign Wants You To Hear
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ferraro quits Clinton campaign after racial remark
Discussion: The Politico and Fox News
Channel '08:
Ferraro Speaks Out Again
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Why Obama Should Ignore Ferraro
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.
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 …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:   Eliot the ‘Enforcer’  —  As the political career of Eliot Spitzer melts …
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.
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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.
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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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 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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Split Over Florida and Michigan  —  WASHINGTON — After a week of shadow-boxing, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama issued their clearest statements yet on how they would prefer to resolve the impasse over the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries.
Discussion: The New Republic and URGENT AGENDA
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Marc Ambinder:
Would Bush's Justice Department Have To OK New Florida, Michigan Mail Primaries?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
$42,000? Let's Get This Party Started!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: SEND IN THE CLOWN
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Ross Douthat:
Prostitution, Morality and the Law
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
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
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Associated Press:
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