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12:55 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 …
City Room:
Full Text of Spitzer Resignation  —  Following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer's resignation speech, as transcribed by The Times:
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com
Daphne Retter / New York Post:
HIS PUSHY PLAN TO BE IN DC FOR TRYST  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer himself sought to testify before a congressional subcommittee that hadn't invited him to appear - possibly to give him an excuse to be away from home and see a hooker, officials revealed yesterday.  —  When Spitzer did show …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Spitzer Resigns  —  New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned …
Discussion: Shakesville
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and PSoTD
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Ferraro Everywhere  —  After Senator Clinton disavowed Geraldine …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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
Washington Wire:
Political Perceptions: Obama's Mississippi Win Examined
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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, CNN and MyDD
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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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
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Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Immigration  —  Riffing on Dave Weigel's post-mortem …
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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
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