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9:45 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.
Michael Duffy / Time:
Obama Win Defined By Race
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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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Florida lawmakers balk at new ‘mail-in’ primary
Discussion: The Page
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats in Florida Are Near Plan for New Vote
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
Discussion: The Caucus and Wonkette
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama wins Mississippi primary
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and New York Times
Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Going Deep in the Deep South  —  Obama posts a predicted win in Mississippi
Discussion: Gothamist
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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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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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 …
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.
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: Outside The Beltway and The Field
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 and Confederate Yankee
Fox News:
Obama Wins Mississippi Democratic Primary  —  Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday, giving him an expected but vital victory in his effort to fracture the momentum Hillary Clinton picked up with her wins one week earlier.  —  John McCain won on the GOP side …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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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
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 …
Discussion: URGENT AGENDA and BeldarBlog
 
 
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