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12:15 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 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.
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:
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 …
New York Times:
Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, announced his resignation today, becoming the first governor of New York to be forced from office in nearly a century.
Daphne Retter / New York Post:
HIS PUSHY PLAN TO BE IN DC FOR TRYST
Discussion: Spin Cycle
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Spitzenfreunde  —  That's what it's called, Spitzenfreude …
Michael Hill / Associated Press:
Paterson May Be First Blind NY Governor
Discussion: Think Progress
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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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Spitzer's Troubles May Hurt Clinton
Discussion: AMERICAblog, NY Daily News and Wonkette
Washington Wire:
Political Perceptions: Obama's Mississippi Win Examined
Discussion: The Fix, New York Times and Open Left
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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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:
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David Plouffe / HillaryClinton.com:
Clinton Campaign Calls for Michigan and Florida Voices to Be Heard
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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:
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
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
Ross Douthat:
The Politics of Immigration  —  Riffing on Dave Weigel's post-mortem on the Paul campaign, in which Weigel suggests that Paul should have spent less time talking up his restrictionist position on immigration, Matt writes: … I don't think there's any question that many immigration restrictionists overstate the salience of the issue.
Discussion: American Spectator
 
 
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