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8:45 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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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:
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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.
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.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama wins Mississippi primary
Discussion: CNN and The Swamp
CBS News:
Obama Takes Mississippi
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pollster.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MISSISSIPPI CROSSOVERS  —  I suspect partisans on either side …
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins Mississippi
ABCNEWS:
Spitzer Escort: Governor Was a Nice Guy, Good Tipper  —  22-Year-Old Escort Says Spitzer 'Didn't Do Anything That Wasn't Clean'  —  A 22-year-old escort found on another call-girl Web site told ABC News in a phone interview that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been one of her customers two years ago …
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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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Re-vote picture clouds  —  For a moment, it looked like party leaders were marching toward a Florida revote.  But Obama's campaign signaled today that the mechanics would be an obstacle, and Florida's congressional delegation just took a hard line against a re-vote in a joint statement:
Discussion: Donklephant and Redstate
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats in Florida Are Near Plan for New Vote  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democratic Party officials here are close to completing a draft plan for a new mail-in primary that would take place by early June, a proposal that seeks to give Florida delegates a role in the party's presidential contest …
Discussion: The Swamp and TalkLeft
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 and You Decide 2008
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.
Discussion: The American Scene and Cold Fury
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Mississippi And IN-07 Results Thread  —  Two elections of national note tonight: the Mississippi Democratic presidential primary, and the special election for IN-07.  The former is expected to be an easy win for Obama, while the later is expected to be a fairly easy win for Democrat Andre Carson …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, MyDD and Blue Indiana
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Carson wins seat in 7th District race
CAMERA:
BBC Fabricates Home Demolition Report  —  On Friday, March 7, 2008, the BBC's World News with Jonathan Charles (seen in the U.S. on PBS stations as part of BBC America) aired footage purporting to show the demolition and burning of a house that belongs to the family of Ala Abu Dheim …
Discussion: Spectator
Agence France Presse:
McCain heads to Israel, Europe … Fresh from sealing the Republican White House nomination, Senator John McCain will burnish his foreign policy credentials with a trip next week to Israel and Europe, his office said Monday.  —  Joined by two close Senate colleagues, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham …
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Redstate
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Foes of Sex Trade Are Stung by the Fall of an Ally  —  As New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer had broken up prostitution rings before, but this 2004 case took on a special urgency for him.  Prosecuting an international sex tourism business based in Queens, he listened to the entreaties …
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
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
 
 
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