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10:40 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
SPITZER TO RESIGN IN THE HOUR, SOURCES SAY  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to resign and will begin notifying top state officials of his decision just after 9 a.m., The Post has learned.  —  Word began circulating of his decision in state political circles just minutes ago …
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New York Times:
Spitzer Aides Say Governor Will Resign This Morning  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, will resign today, some of his staff members said they have been told.  Mr. Spitzer is scheduled to speak today at 11:30 a.m. at his Manhattan office, a top aide said.
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
The Public Ordeal of a Private Person  —  Silda Wall Spitzer gave up a high-powered career as a corporate lawyer to raise three daughters and support her husband as he sought elective office, yet has always had deep reservations about his political career.  Time and again, she has found herself …
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 …
New York Times:
Spitzer Wrestles Over Response, Paralyzing Albany  —  State government remained paralyzed on Tuesday as Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, was engaged in an intense legal and family debate about whether to resign or, as aides said his wife was urging, to stay on.
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer Resists Calls to Resign
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.
Boston Globe:
Obama camp assails Ferraro comments as ‘outrageous’
Discussion: New York Post and normblog
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Wins in Mississippi  —  Senator Barack Obama won Mississippi's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, building his delegate lead over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the final contest before the nominating fight heads to Pennsylvania for a six-week showdown.
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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 …
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:
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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.
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Tax Hike  —  Until recently, Sen. Barack Obama took a responsible position on Social Security, noting the urgency of reform and saying all options should be on the table.  —  But having cornered himself among Democratic activists whose attitudes toward Social Security reform range …
Reuters:
Hamas sets terms for ceasefire with Israel  —  Following official truce declaration Hamas announces terms to uphold lull.  ‘There must be a commitment by Israel to end all aggression against our people,’ says organization  —  Israel, calling for an end to Israeli raids in Palestinian territory …
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Washington Post:
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's Media Enablers
Discussion: URGENT AGENDA
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
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Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mutual Contempt  —  The long history of the McCain-Obama grudge.
Jerusalem Post:
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