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11:50 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.
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.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Spitzenfreunde  —  That's what it's called, Spitzenfreude …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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: Time, Newsweek and Open Left
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.
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 / 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 …
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:
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.
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
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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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Spitzer's E-Escort Plight Shows Workings of Prostitution 2.0
New York Times:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Signs of life from House Democratic leaders
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