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12:50 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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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.
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 …
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.
City Room:
Full Text of Spitzer Resignation  —  Following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer's resignation speech, as transcribed by The Times:
Daphne Retter / New York Post:   HIS PUSHY PLAN TO BE IN DC FOR TRYST
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Spitzer Resigns  —  New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Meaning of Spitzer's Fall
Discussion: The Current
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
John Derbyshire / The Corner:   Spitzenfreunde  —  That's what it's called, Spitzenfreude …
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.
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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Washington Wire:
Political Perceptions: Obama's Mississippi Win Examined
Discussion: The Fix, Time and Open Left
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Ferraro Everywhere  —  After Senator Clinton disavowed Geraldine …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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:
Discussion: Donklephant
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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Online NewsHour:
As Violence Peaks and Dips, Debate Over ‘Surge’ Persists
Cliff May / The Corner:
What Would WJC Do?  —  I have assiduously avoided commenting …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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:
Rush's effect?  —  I have to say, I'm mystified by the large number …
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Immigration  —  Riffing on Dave Weigel's post-mortem …
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
McCain More Hawkish on Foreign Policy Than Bush, Comments Show
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Signs of life from House Democratic leaders
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Pennsylvania Plan
Discussion: The Caucus