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1:50 PM 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 resigned this morning, effective Monday, after news broke this week that he had frequented prostitutes for as long as 10 years.  —  The Post first reported the news of his decision today.  —  In making his announcement …
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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.
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 …
CNN:
Sources: Spitzer to resign amid talks of plea deal  —  ALBANY, New York (CNN) — New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will resign Wednesday, his aides said, as he faces allegations — but no charges — that he is tied to an international prostitution ring ensnared in a federal probe.
City Room:
Full Text of Spitzer Resignation  —  Following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer's resignation speech, as transcribed by The Times:
Discussion: Emptywheel and Abovethelaw.com
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
Silda Wall Spitzer: Public Ordeal of 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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT WERE THE FEDS AFTER?  —  This morning's Washington Post suggests the FBI had been trying to catch Gov. Spitzer in the act for some time: … This dovetails in some respects with what a lawyer reader was pointing me toward last night — before the Post story came out.  I yield the floor to TPM Reader BK:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, The Swamp and D-Day
Daphne Retter / New York Post:   HIS PUSHY PLAN TO BE IN DC FOR TRYST
Transterrestrial Musings:
The Democrats' Future, And Past
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Meaning of Spitzer's Fall
Discussion: The Current
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:   What the Neighbors are Saying  —  A little local reporting here …
Wall Street Journal:
If Spitzer Quits, Clinton Would Lose One of Her Superdelegates
Discussion: Washington Post
Nturitz / PageSix.com:
Spitzer's Hooker “Revealed”
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
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 …
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Jed / The Jed Report:
The GOP is now gaming our primary for Hillary Clinton.  It's time to end it.  —  Now that John McCain has won the GOP nomination, Republicans are voting in the Democratic primary in increasing numbers, hoping to pick their opponent for the November election, or at least cause more turmoil in our already divisive nomination battle.
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Rush's effect?  —  I have to say, I'm mystified by the large number …
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.
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Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Martin: Florida, Michigan don't deserve revote  —  Watch Roland S. Martin at 11:15 a.m. ET Wednesday on CNN.com Live.  —  (CNN) — For two weeks we have watched nearly every political hack from Michigan and Florida hit the airwaves to tell us that voters in those states deserve to have their votes counted …
Discussion: Wampum
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Tammy Lytle / Central Florida Political Pulse:
Obama camp raises flags about Florida revote
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
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.
 
 
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