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1:20 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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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
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 …
Daphne Retter / New York Post:   HIS PUSHY PLAN TO BE IN DC FOR TRYST
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Meaning of Spitzer's Fall
Discussion: The Current
John Derbyshire / The Corner:   Spitzenfreunde  —  That's what it's called, Spitzenfreude …
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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Cliff May / The Corner:
What Would WJC Do?  —  I have assiduously avoided commenting …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Wall Street Journal:   If Spitzer Quits, Clinton Would Lose One of Her Superdelegates
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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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rush's effect?  —  I have to say, I'm mystified by the large number of Republicans turning up in the Mississippi Democratic primary to vote for Hillary.  They more than doubled their share of the 2004 Democratic primary, up to 13%.  They were among Clinton's best demographics groups …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Jed / The Jed Report:
The GOP is now gaming our primary for Hillary Clinton.  It's time to end it.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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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Laura McKenna / Pajamas Media:
HILLARY VOTERS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
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Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Conviction in slaying, rape likely to be tossed
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Online NewsHour:
As Violence Peaks and Dips, Debate Over ‘Surge’ Persists
Rapsmith / The Right Coast:
Spitzer and ClintonMike Rappaport
Glenn Garvin / Changing Channels:
CNN finds a real expert on sex scandals: Kendall Coffey
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Paterson will be an unlikely governor
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
McCain Advisers Lobbied for Europeans to Win Air Force Tanker Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Immigration  —  Riffing on Dave Weigel's post-mortem …
Discussion: American Spectator
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Fallon didn't get it  —  The departing head of Central Command was wrong about the surge.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Signs of life from House Democratic leaders
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Pennsylvania Plan
Discussion: The Caucus
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Tax Hike
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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