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March 12th, 2008
07:13 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks!!! Chalk up another "w" for Obama. He won the Mississippi primary BIG!!! AND CNN projected him the winner in the long awaited Texas Caucus. So he now has a good lead in delegates over Clinton. But the battle rages on, up next Pennsylvania. 

BUT folks...the Eliot Spitzer story continues to rule the headlines this morning. Will he resign? Why is his wife sticking by him? Plus, the FBI allegedly followed him to the same hotel before....so lets just cut to the chase AND head directly to Top Stories....

Top Stories
Spitzer working on transition plan...
Aides to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the state's lieutenant governor have begun planning for a possible transition after federal prosecutors linked Spitzer to a high-end prostitution ring, a top legislative staffer said

FBI staked Spitzer out before...
Weeks before a hotel meeting with a prostitute that threatens to derail his career, the FBI staked out New York Governor Eliot Spitzer at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to catch him with a high-priced call girl, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

Spitzer wrestles over future...
State government remained paralyzed on Tuesday as Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, was engaged in an intense legal and family debate about whether to resign or, as aides said his wife was urging, to stay on.

Another political wife endures...
It was the way she stood there, enduring.Silda Wall Spitzer did not say a word as her husband, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, brusquely apologized to his family and the public after he was allegedly caught on a wiretap doing business with a high-priced prostitution ring. Her face was drawn. But she took her husband's hand as they left the room.

The public Ordeal...
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 in the particular bind of encouraging him during critical junctures in his public life while still holding on to some regret that he had chosen to put himself –and their family–there in the first place.

Calls grow for Spitzer to resign...
Gov. Eliot Spitzer, embroiled in allegations that he patronized a high-priced prostitution service, remained sequestered in his Fifth Avenue apartment Tuesday, reportedly pondering his political future amid growing calls for him to resign.

Foes of sex trade stunned...
As New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer had broken up prostitution rings before, but this 2004 case took on a special urgency for him. Prosecuting an international sex tourism business based in Queens, he listened to the entreaties of women’s advocates long frustrated by state laws that fell short of dealing with a sex trade expanding rapidly across borders

Despite security secret still trysts occur...
Secret trysts are complicated under any circumstances, but the logistical challenges are steeper for elected officials who live surrounded by armed security officers whose mandate is to remain close enough to step in front of a bullet.

Past indiscretions and their outcomes...
President Clinton had a secret, sexual relationship in 1995 and 1996 with Monica Lewinsky, a 22-year-old unpaid White House intern. Repercussions led to his impeachment by the House in 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice — only the second impeachment in U.S. history — but the Senate did not convict him after a trial in 1999.

U.S. Admiral resigns...
Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

Raw Politics
Obama wins...
Sen. Barack Obama claimed victory by a wide margin over Sen. Hillary Clinton in Mississippi's Democratic primary Tuesday.

Obama double digit win...
Sen. Barack Obama scored another double-digit victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a Southern state last night, winning Mississippi's primary as the candidates traded political shots and signaled that the bitterness between them will continue for weeks.

Exit polls show racial divide...
Mississippi Democratic voters were sharply divided among racial lines in Tuesday's primary, exit polls indicate.

Ferraro defends her comments...
Geraldine Ferraro defended her controversial comment that Sen. Barack Obama's campaign was successful because he was black, telling an interviewer Tuesday that she was being attacked because she was white.

Keeping Them Honest
Iraq improvements threatened by corruption...
Iraq has made "limited but important" political, diplomatic and economic gains in the last three months, but improvements in security remain "fragile," the Pentagon reported Tuesday.

Arkansas womean left in cell...
A woman was locked for four days in a tiny holding cell in a northern Arkansascourthouse, forgotten by the authorities and left without food or water, the local Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

Southwest suspends 3...
Southwest Airlines suspended three employees Tuesday in connection with a record $10.2 million fine issued against the carrier last week for knowingly flying jets that had not received critical safety inspections.

Crime & Punishment
Arrest made in killing of 17 year old football star...
Jamiel Shaw was just three doors from his house on March 2. His father told the 17-year-old high school football star to be home before dark. That is exactly what he was trying to do when, just before dusk, gunshots rang out.


What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Gilligan's Island star busted for pot...
Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. dave leach Belmont,Ohio

    Govener Spitzer seems to have lived the old adage,do as I say not as I do.I just wonder,with all this attention on him,are we invading Iran right now?

    March 12, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  2. Cindy

    I guess this Spitzer story is just not going to go away!! I wish he'd do the right thing for all involved and just resign. No need to drag out the inevitable. He is just keeping this story in the headlines and making it worse for his family the longer he waits.

    No surprise that Obama won in Mississippi. Everyone knew that he would. Nothing new there.

    I can't believe that Ferraro continues her tirade!! Now she is saying she is getting attacked because she is white!! Come on!! She is getting attacked because what she said is wrong and idiotic. She needs to just hush and go away.

    I can't believe that in Arkansas they forgot someone in a holding cell for four days! How can you possibly forget that you locked someone in a cell? And most of all how could they not have known that she was missing from their custody? Are they the most inept police or what? I hope she sues them.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 12, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  3. carolyn t morris

    Why don't we have a three way presidential race:
    Clinton
    Obama
    Mcain
    This is the only fair way for the democrats.

    Also, if obama should be the nominee, I am voting for McCain. Obama whines too much.

    March 12, 2008 at 7:33 am |
  4. Michael, NC

    Man, the Spitzer case just continues to weave deeper and deeper. I feel for his family. I guess nobody will complain about Hilary bias in headline politics today...the arkansas prison, makes you wonder if race had anything to do with it (being as she was an illegal immigrant). and Dawn, congratulations! Why did they drop the charges? I mean seriously, swerving while trying to find the heat controls? It's not the stone age...the heating system in cars isn't quite that hard to figure out.

    March 12, 2008 at 7:28 am |