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4:25 PM ET, March 12, 2008

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose rise to political power as a fierce enforcer of ethics in public life was undone by revelations of his own involvement with prostitutes, resigned on Wednesday, becoming the first New York governor to leave office amid scandal in nearly a century.
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
SPITZER RESIGNS  —  New York's randy governor gave a red-faced resignation speech this morning in the wake of revelations that he patronized prostitutes while traveling on official business.  —  Effective next Monday Gov. Spitzer will cede power to Lt. Gov. David Paterson …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Eliot the ‘Enforcer’  —  As the political career of Eliot Spitzer melts down, many will lament that what the governor on Monday called his “progressive politics” fell victim to his personal foibles.  If only he hadn't made mistakes in his private life, they will moan, New York could have been redeemed …
The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann To Do “Special Comment” About Hillary Clinton Tonight — First Time Targeting A Democrat  —  On last night's “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann announced that tonight he'd be delivering another of his “Special Comments” — his impassioned, angry monologues fueled by outrage …
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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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Jed / The Jed Report:
The GOP is now gaming our primary for Hillary Clinton.  It's time to end it.  —  Now that John McCain has won the GOP nomination, Republicans are voting in the Democratic primary in increasing numbers, hoping to pick their opponent for the November election, or at least cause more turmoil in our already divisive nomination battle.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Politico
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Self-Loathing Democrats?  —  Ben Smith at the Politico notes …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Publius Pundit
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON FALLON....Was CENTCOM commander Adm. William Fallon unfairly forced to resign?  Fred Kaplan suggests it was probably inevitable: … There's a limit to how much public freelancing can be tolerated from a regional commander — or any other military officer.
Discussion: Esquire
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Nturitz / PageSix.com:
Spitzer's Hooker “Revealed”  —  PageSix.com can reveal a portfolio description from the Emperors Club web site which could depict the “Kristen” mentioned in the Governor Eliot Spitzer prostitution case.  —  The 5-foot-5-inch brunette likes dining at fancy restaurants and will show up wearing very high heels.
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ABCNEWS:
Escort: 'I'm Not THAT Kristen'  —  A Brunette Escort Named Kristen …
Discussion: The Corner
ABCNEWS:
THE BURQA GETS A MAKEOVER  —  The Burqa Gets a Makeover  —  The burqa is the wardrobe of choice for many Muslim women.  It is worn over a woman's daily clothing, usually covering her from head to toe.  Today, the burqa has gone designer, popping up on fashion runways in the West …
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
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Marc Ambinder:
Would Bush's Justice Department Have To OK New Florida, Michigan Mail Primaries?  —  In order to get them in and have 'em count by June 10, lawyers for Barack Obama say the answer, unequivocally, is yes.  —  Here's the reasoning: while a federal judge last year upheld the DNC's right …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Roland S. Martin / CNN:   Martin: Florida, Michigan don't deserve revote
The Wealth Report:
How the New Rich Are Changing the Oldest Profession  —  The complaint filed in the Emperors Club escort bust, which apparently nabbed Eliot Spitzer, casts a rare spotlight on the dealings between the wealthy and high-priced escort services.  (See the Journal's article on Mr. Spitzer.)
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Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
What the Neighbors are Saying  —  A little local reporting here, before we return to the larger moral argument: I spent yesterday working at the annual bookfair at my kids' school, along with seven or eight former banker-, lawyer-, broker-, buyer- (and one other journalist-) - Manhattan moms.
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Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's race against time  —  Are Clinton's inept attack ads and faux-feminism enough?  Can Obama learn to attack?  Plus: American eroticism devolves to Barbie boobs and Botox.  —  Greetings from ground zero — the Philadelphia suburbs where the epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton …
Ryan J. Davis / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, The Musical...  When Joe Drymala and I first began working on what would become Street Lights over two years ago, Barack Obama was barely known to us.  Like many other Democrats, we'd both flipped out over his 2004 convention speech, but we figured he was probably a nice …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Inside Higher Ed:
The Shrinking Professoriate  —  Every other year, data released by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics provide a snapshot of the growth of part-time positions in the professoriate.  This year — an off-year for that data — the federal statistics provide evidence …
Laura McKenna / Pajamas Media:
HILLARY VOTERS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN  —  You don't have to be a “shoulder-pad feminist” to cast a gender-driven vote.  Laura McKenna looks at why many women have chosen Hillary.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  With so few real policy differences between …
 
 
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Severed fingers of 5 hostages held in Iraq delivered to U.S.
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Obama Campaign: Hillary Is Already “Waving White Flag” …
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Conviction in slaying, rape likely to be tossed
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