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3:40 AM ET, March 13, 2008


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New York Times:
Woman at the Center of Governor's Downfall  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Breaking: Ferraro steps down  —  (CNN) - Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from her role as a member of Hillary Clinton's finance committee.In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux — who spoke with the former vice presidential candidate shortly after she sent it to Clinton …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: Sen. Clinton, “This is not a campaign strategy.  This is a suicide pact.”  —  Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann's Special Comment was directed at Senator Hillary Clinton over her failure to immediately fire supporter and former member of her campaign finance committee …
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Ferraro steps down from Clinton campaign
Gateway Pundit:   Ferraro Quits Clinton Campaign— Says Obama Blocking Her Freedom of Speech
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Clinton's tepid response to Ferraro is shameful
Discussion: The Reaction
dnA / Too Sense:
What The Clinton Campaign Wants You To Hear
Discussion: Daily Kos
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Ferraro Leaves Clinton Camp Over Remarks About Obama
Discussion: The Reaction
Faiz / Think Progress:
Buchanan flips out, tells guest to ‘shut up!’  —  Tonight on MSNBC's Live with Dan Abrams, guests Pat Buchanan, Rachel Maddow, and Keli Goff discussed the role of race in Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  Buchanan suggested Obama is winning the black vote simply because he is black.
Jennifer Parker / Rapid Report:
Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention.  This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send …
Fox News:
Obama's Controversial Pastor Puts Church in Hot Water  —  CHICAGO - Barack Obama's controversial pastor and the church he's served for 36 years may be in hot water over statements he has made from the pulpit in support of the Illinois senator's run for the White House.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright on film  —  Sure does feel like we're plunging into the abyss tonight.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Escort: 'I'm Not THAT Kristen'  —  A Brunette Escort Named Kristen, Who Advertises Her Services Online, Says She Is Not the One Linked to Spitzer  —  A voluptuous brunette escort named Kristen, who advertises her availability online “for discriminating gentlemen,” says she is not the “Kristen” linked to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
New York Times:
Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is conducting an extensive review of the videotaping of interrogations at military facilities from Iraq to Guantánamo Bay, and so far it has identified nearly 50 tapes, including one that showed …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Richest man in England may have been Client No. 6  —  The richest man in Great Britain was a customer of the same high-end prostitution service patronized by Gov. Spitzer.  —  The Duke of Westminster, listed as the world's 46th richest person by Forbes magazine, hired four hookers …
David Corn /
McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: Televangelist Rod Parsley, a key McCain ally in Ohio, has called for eradicating the “false religion.”  Will the GOP presidential candidate renounce him?  —  Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor …
Al Giordano / The Field:
Delegate Math Guarantees Clinton a “Big, Big Pennsylvania Victory”  —  Surrogate-in-chief Bill Clinton was making the rounds yesterday in Western Pennsylvania doing his expectations-setting thing, telling reporters and anyone that would listen that Senator Clinton needs to post a “big, big victory” in Pennsylvania on April 22:
Proposed Law Looks to Wipe Out Problem  —  TALLAHASSEE ( ― A proposed law currently making its way through the Florida legislature might help you with what can be an embarrassing problem.  Here's the bottom line, the bill would be a mandate that all eating establishment must …
Discussion: Don Surber and The D Spot
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain moves to the lead in Michigan, tied in Pennsylvania  —  So far, the burden of the early clincher hasn't done much to damage John McCain.  In a sign that the increasingly bitter Democratic primary campaign may provide some assistance to the Republican nominee, Rasmussen shows McCain ahead …
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Obama-Clinton-McCain Paradoxes
William March /
Key Democrats To Get Draft Of Revote Plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alison Smale / International Herald Tribune:
‘Magic is over’ for the U.S., says foreign minister of France
Discussion: Commentary
Michelle Malkin:
Hot Air TV: Sen. John Kerry confronted about Winter Soldier II
Sally Kern Scrubs Gay Son?
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Pelosi Gets Reform Bill While GOPers and Some Dems Kick and Scream
Phillip Carter / INTEL DUMP:
Spitzer And SARs  —  Follow the money.  That's the age-old guidance …
Discussion: The Corner and CNN
The Hill:
Coburn plans counterpunch on pet projects
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Voices
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
$42,000? Let's Get This Party Started!
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Split Over Florida and Michigan
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama's Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Says Obama Campaign Opposes Any Revote
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Judiciary Committee Members: Administration Has Not Made the Case …
Discussion: D-Day, Daily Kos and TPMMuckraker
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Arkansas Woman, Left in Cell, Goes 4 Days With No Food or Water
National Review:
Brawl in St. Paul
The Wealth Report:
How the New Rich Are Changing the Oldest Profession