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11:25 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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer's Media Enablers  —  The fall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer holds many lessons, and the press will surely be examining them in coming months.  But don't expect the press corps to delve into the biggest lesson of all — its own role as his enabler.  —  Journalists have spent the past …
Tracy Quan / New York Times:
Really Dangerous Liaisons  —  AS a former sex worker …
Discussion: Anne Schroeder's Blogs and Jezebel
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Foes of Sex Trade Are Stung by the Fall of an Ally
Discussion: BeldarBlog
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:   Official says NY Gov. Spitzer 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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ABCNEWS:
Ferraro Defends Comments: Obama Is Where He Is Because He's Black  —  Clinton Backer, Geraldine Ferraro Defends Her Record of Fighting Racism After Controversial Remarks  —  Geraldine Ferraro stood by her controversial comments about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy today.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Channel '08
Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Ferraro defends controversial comments on Barack Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   SAY IT AIN'T SO  —  We just got an email from a longtime and prized reader, TPM Reader JS.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and PSoTD
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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.
Washington Wire:
Political Perceptions: Obama's Mississippi Win Examined
Discussion: Newsweek, Open Left and Slate
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
Discussion: AMERICAblog, NY Daily News and Wonkette
Michael Duffy / Time:
Obama Win Defined By Race
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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.
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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David Plouffe / HillaryClinton.com:
Clinton Campaign Calls for Michigan and Florida Voices to Be Heard
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
House Dems in Florida: No Re-Do
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: The Jawa Report and Spectator
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Signs of life from House Democratic leaders  —  Fully recognizing it may not last any longer than a couple of weeks, it's actually necessary to give some credit where it's due — to the House Democratic leadership.  Nobody expected that they would ever allow the Protect America Act to expire, yet they did.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Citing Faith, Bush Defends War Actions  —  NASHVILLE — President Bush delivered a rousing defense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, mixing faith and foreign policy as he told a group of Christian broadcasters that his policies in the region were predicated on the beliefs …
Discussion: The Impolitic
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Defends Wars, Citing Freedom
 
 
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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Fallon didn't get it  —  The departing head of Central Command was wrong about the surge.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Spitzer's E-Escort Plight Shows Workings of Prostitution 2.0
New York Times:
Iraq Attacks Lower, but Steady, New Figures Show
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Pennsylvania Plan
Washington Post:
Attorney General To Argue a Case Before High Court
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Tax Hike
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Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics:
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Reuters:
Hamas sets terms for ceasefire with Israel
Discussion: Yourish.com
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, Clinton 45%
Agence France Presse:
McCain heads to Israel, Europe
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mutual Contempt  —  The long history of the McCain-Obama grudge.
Discussion: American Spectator