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11:35 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 …
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.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: Sen. Clinton, “This is not a campaign strategy.
dnA / Too Sense:
What The Clinton Campaign Wants You To Hear
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gateway Pundit:   Ferraro Quits Clinton Campaign— Says Obama Blocking Her Freedom of Speech
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Ferraro Leaves Clinton Camp Over Remarks About Obama
Discussion: The Reaction
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Ferraro Quits Clinton Post
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.
Associated Press:
Report: Spitzer Call Girl Identified  —  NEW YORK (AP) - New details emerged Wednesday about the call girl at the center of the prostitution scandal engulfing New York's governor, with a newspaper report identifying her as a 22-year-old aspiring musician from Manhattan.
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.
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.
Nturitz /
Spitzer's Hooker “Revealed”  — 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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Misadventures in logical reasoning — and lessons learned from the Spitzer scandal
Discussion: The Corner, The Agonist and
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain moves to the lead in Michigan, tied in Pennsylvania  —  So far, the burden of the early clincher hasn't done much to damage John McCain.  In a sign that the increasingly bitter Democratic primary campaign may provide some assistance to the Republican nominee, Rasmussen shows McCain ahead …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Wake up America
David Corn /
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 …
The Hill:
Coburn plans counterpunch on pet projects  —  Earmark foes are preparing to force a vote that would oblige senators to disclose all campaign contributions connected to their pet projects.  —  As the battle over the budget heats up, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and other senators are readying …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Voices
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.
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
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Pelosi Gets Reform Bill While GOPers and Some Dems Kick and Scream
Phillip Carter / INTEL DUMP:
Spitzer And SARs  —  Follow the money.  That's the age-old guidance …
Discussion: The Corner and CNN
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Report: Obama Outspent Hillary 2:1 on Ohio Ads, Still Lost
Proposed Law Looks to Wipe Out Problem
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
House Republicans raise lots of money
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
$42,000? Let's Get This Party Started!
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Split Over Florida and Michigan
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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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: Open Left, D-Day and TalkLeft
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation
National Review:
Brawl in St. Paul
The Wealth Report:
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Inside Higher Ed:
The Shrinking Professoriate