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March 13th, 2008
06:45 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks!!! The girl at the center of the Eliot Spitzer scandal has been identified by the NY Times... she is 22, not much older than his own daughters. Sad...very sad! Check out Top Stories for all the latest details...

In Raw Politics today...there is a new plan for a Florida primary. Can it work? Most say "no." AND Geraldine Ferraro steps down after "race" rears its ugly head again in the Democratic campaign...ALSO, Mitt Romney for VP? Come on....

Sooo grab your coffee and lets get right to today's headlines....

Top Stories
The Governor's gal...
The woman at the heart of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal is a 22-year-old would-be singer from New Jersey, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Kristen...
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.

6 days that ended in resignation...
The beginning of the end came on Monday morning, as Eliot Spitzer rode south through Manhattan in his black S.U.V. with his wife, Silda, still not sure if he would resign as governor of New York.

Spitzer now turns towards healing...
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

Spitzer's successor has few enemies...
Replacing Eliot Spitzer, who rose to the governorship of New York  after browbeating Wall Street titans, is David A. Paterson, a man so affable that the colleague he supplanted in an Albany coup now speaks of him in glowing terms.

Spitzer out, no deal...
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was unable to cut a deal with prosecutors before his resignation yesterday, after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that transformed him from "Mr. Clean" into "Client 9."

41 Taliban killed...
Afghanistan – Afghan and international forces killed 41 Taliban militants in a battle in southern Afghanistan, and a suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of U.S. troops left six Afghan civilians dead in Kabul, U.S. and Afghan officials said Thursday.

Raw Politics
Florida Primary plan...
The Florida Democratic Party is pushing forward with a plan for recontesting its primary, largely with mail-in ballots, despite vigorous opposition from Democrats in the state's congressional delegation as well as concerns from the campaign of  Senator Barack Obama.  

Ferraro steps down...
Former congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is resigning her fundraising position with Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign after controversial comments she made about Clinton's rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

Race is emerging in the race...
Despite the celebration of Barack Obama's electoral successes as evidence that the nation has moved beyond racial divisions, signs are emerging of a small but unmistakable race-based resistance to his historic White House bid.

Romney for VP?
The Arizona senator joked Wednesday he got the impression Romney is interested in the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket after watching a recent interview with the former Massachusetts governor.

Keeping Them Honest
EPA tightens pollution standards...
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday limited the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air to 75 parts per billion, a level significantly higher than what the agency's scientific advisers had urged for this key component of unhealthy air pollution.

NRCC treasurer under fire...
In the tiny world of people who keep the books for Washington's multitude of political committees, Christopher J. Ward was considered the Republican "gold standard," in the words of a former co-worker - one of the few people with so much expertise in election law that everyone wanted Ward's services.

Crime & Punishment
2nd arrest in UNC slaying...
Police arrested a second suspect early Thursday in connection with the death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Parents defend growth-stunting treatment...
It's been a year since the parents of a severely disabled child made public their decision to submit their daughter to a hysterectomy, breast surgery and drugs to keep the girl forever small. Today, the couple tell CNN, they believe they made the right decision - one that could have a profound impact on the care of disabled children worldwide.


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  1. sueluoise1

    Flannery O'Connor (Southern woman writer) wrote a short story entitled, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." What was true then, is also true now. I can count the number of truly decent men I know on both hands. Some of you may think decency is a low bar. I disagree. Decency implies so much – thoughtfulness, empathy, consideration, putting others ahead of himself, etc. A decent man is indeed a rare bird, perhaps destined for extinction. I not only feel fortunate to know as many as I do, but also I feel grateful for each one of them enriching my life in so many differing ways.

    Sue
    Arlington,VA

    March 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  2. Poor Old Soul

    I think that the news commentators have become too involved in the presidential campaigns. They have become spin doctors for the candidates that they favor. They are not presenting unbiased news and commentary but rather have become partisan spokespeople. That is why I am getting really disgusted with American politics. People like Mr. Bergen and Mr, and Mrs. Buchanan should bow out of the newsroom and go to work for the candidates they favor.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  3. Denys Van Renen

    Mail in voting is too subject to mishaps at both ends and in the middle. Will the bollots be sent to the all the elegable voters? Will the ballots reach them? Will the voters understand the ballots? Will the ballots reach the counting centers? Will the ballots be tampered with at the counting centers? In person voting is far more reliable.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  4. Jan from Wood Dale, IL

    @Laura - hiring an "escort" is not illegal. There are men and women who do not like to attend social events alone. However, it's the "extra" services an escort may provide, and the prostitution rings that hide behind the veil of an "escort service", that are illegal.

    @Jess - I believe "Kristen" came forward to the NYT because she didn't want people to think she was a "monster". In some respects, she's drawing the attention onto herself. She could have remained "Kristen" and not received the media attention she's getting now.

    Please remember that Spitzer is only under investigation and has not been charged with any crime. It may be possible for him to use the "Twinkie" defense since there are side affects of certain medications that increase gambling and sexual urges. It's only speculation, but we don't have a whole lot of facts about this story yet.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Gee, the only thing so far that hasn't been discussed is the difference between an "escort" service (complete with Yellow Pages advertising) and actual prostitution.

    Is there really nothing else going on in the world besides the now interminable Democratic primary and New York's sleaze factor? Because there are a whole bunch of other programs I could be watching for this – E!, Extra, Inside Edition, TMZ, etc.

    I'd love to hear Dr. Sanjay's comments on the "Ashley" treatment. Arthur Caplan's comment, "Growth retardation is not a substitute for adequate home aides and home assistance." And therein lies the problem. Who determines a) what is "adequate" and b) what if the insurance company won't pay for it? And what is going to happen to this girl if she outlives her parents? We bemoan the cost and state of social programs and yet want to dictate what these parents can and cannot do in light of their particular circumstances – then want to also deny them the social programs they would need to allow Ashley to live up to our dictates. We have manipulated and played "God" for so long (sorry, but I do have to laugh at these "ethicists" who decide which form of manipulation is okay and which is wrong) – that I think we have begun to lose our basic humanity. I may not agree with Ashley's parents' decision but I haven't had to walk in their shoes either. They have to live with their decision; I do not.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  6. DAVID

    “THE MEDIA” PART OF THE PROBLEM

    I’ve al ways know the so called liberal media is anything but liberal, in fact the news media is neither liberal nor nonbiased. You prove this everyday in a number of ways. One of the most obvious is in how you always introduce panelist in order of race, white panelists are always introduced first before there black co panelist. This is the normal practice for CNN and Headline News. The white panelists are introduced first, no matter how much more knowledge or experience there black co panelists may have on the topic. The white panelist are also introduced first before there older more experienced black co panelist. You don’t even have class enough to allow the Black women be introduced first, in cases where in would be more then appropriate to do so. I believe the news media is in part, responsible for a lot of the bigotry in the world today, yet somehow you manage to erroneously appear to be watchdogs or guardians of democracy , I’ve come to know the news media is anything but what the public needs and trust her to be. YOU MISUSE YOUR POWER AND AS A COLLECTIVE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. YOU MAKE ME FEEL ASHAMED TO BE WHITE.

    David

    March 13, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Mable Lund

    I have a hard time comprehending that we're in the year 2007, and we still idenity individuals as black or white. I don't thing it's importatnt or we should really care whether Obama has the opportunity to be our first "black" president, or New York has the first black governor. Why can't we call them by name rather than making it a "black" or "white" issue. Can't we move on? Don't these comments keep us stuck in the "racism" issues.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  8. Susan

    It was really sad to see a CNN reporter standing outside the apartment of the young girl, Kristin. Can't we just leave her alone to sort out this matter for herself. Is there not any other news to report?

    The only fair way is to re-do FL and MI as a real primary. That is the only way to make sure that each vote is counted properly. We are still debating the results of the last Presidential election.

    I think former Gov. Romney would not be a bad choice for Senator McCain. He sure has the experience in business, which would help on the economic issues, that Senator McCain admits that he does not have much experience in. I don't know if they can really play nice with each other from their sometimes combative nature on the primary trail and in the debates.

    The EPA should listen to their own scientific advisors on air quality. Well, I guess it is just another government agency not listening to its own experts. I guess something is better then nothing, but we should not have to accept just something.

    I thought that race and gender have been part of this election process since the beginning. Why are we surprised it is turning out this way. It was inevitable !!!!!!

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    March 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  9. Pat M

    My comments are about the unknowns regarding this election. And my concern as to why they are not being investigated.

    The unrelenting attacks against Hillary and Bill Clinton with no justification is getting truly tiresome. And while these attacks go on the questionable reports linked to Obama are dismissed . Given that the attacks on the Clintons are based on OLD news that has been whipped, churned, beaten and blogged to death for decades it makes me wonder why the present and troubling reports associated to Obama are not being investigated. for truth or falacy and reported as such.

    I can't understand why the Media is not bringing attention to Obama's Religious Association, his alleged Association with Rezko, his alleged Association with a Terrorist Group Member from the 1970 to 1990's and possibly ongoing to date? How could these facts not be considered important or worthy of reporting and investigating? Why are they not considered important enough to at least discern whether they bear any truth? I'm sure it would be to Obama's benefit as well if they could be validated.

    It gives me cause to wonder if Americans have any idea as to who Barack Obama is. And this to me is very worrisome and concerning.
    If these stories as stated are not true than report the truth and put the
    falacies to bed. In my opinion, these reports are worthy of investigation. Americans have the right to know the facts and the truth about a Presidential Candidate's background, values character and ethics. If these reports are not truthful than it is also in Obama's favour that this be known and stated publicly.

    Thank You.

    March 13, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  10. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I can’t believe you are going to continue with this “hooker fest” tonight! I had to laugh when I read your description of the prostitute as a “would be” singer! I guess she found out her real talents “laid” elsewhere.

    Sad? It’s pathetic that so many of these guys going through a middle age crisis think they are going to find the fountain of youth by having sex with a woman half their age.

    Please, if you must indulge in your “Pretty Woman” obsession, try to keep it to a minimum.

    March 13, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  11. Barbara, NJ

    Anderson – after watching the "king of pimps" segment I followed up by reading about him in an older online New York magazine article.
    It mentioned a website where users, and by that I mean the users of women and men for sex could rate escort/prostitutes- TheEroticReview.com. Gross! This information is there for any prosecutor to access, for any police department to investigate. It's clear they, in general, do not do so.
    I end up with two very different questions. First, did someone direct the investigation into Elliot Spitzer for political means since it's clear this bunch and many like it are operating without repercussions. Second, did Elliot Spitzer use his position to protect this or any other group.

    March 13, 2008 at 9:58 am |
  12. Jess, Paris, KY

    I have mixed feelings about Spitzer's "friend" being outed like that. On one hand I think, she should be accountable for her actions. But on the other hand, I am thinking, that poor girl. Well, maybe poor isn't the right word. She obviously made very good money that night at least.

    I don't t hink anyone deserves to have a media circus in front of their home, prostitute or not.

    March 13, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  13. Laura

    I am a little confused, last night Anderson interviewed a former "pimp" and commented on seeing the ads for the "pimp" escort service when he was yonger in the newspapers. So I don't understand if you can advertise an escort service in magaznes, newspapers, etc. than why is it illegal to actually order an escort if everyone knows about it how is it illegal? And why wouldn't it be illegal to advertise for them on any level? Laura

    March 13, 2008 at 9:26 am |
  14. Mel Winegardner Jr.

    Wake up America! Your state and local governments are in bed with the oil companies. Every time that fuel prices increase, state and federal government tax revenues increase.

    They are doing nothing to give the consumer any relief. If anyrthing, your state and federal government is part of YOUR financial problem!

    Get on the phone and contact your president, congressman and state representatives TODAY!!!!! Be part of the process!! Let your government reps know they are supposed to work for YOU!

    March 13, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  15. Cindy

    I have to say that last night's 360 show was just ridiculous! To spend a half hour talking about a hooker was just crazy!! The lowest point was when 360 had a reporter outside of her apartment!! Is this a serious news show or was I watching 360 the tabloid show!! PLEASE no more of this!! PLEASE move on. There is no sense in beating a dead horse!

    I just don't see that a mail in vote for Florida is going to work. Really how are people going to even know that their vote made it back to be counted!?

    It's about time Ferraro stepped down from Hillary's campaign. She was bringing bad attention to it. Hillary doesn't need that kind of help. Now if she will just shut up everything will be OK.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 13, 2008 at 8:57 am |
  16. rodger kalpokas

    Gov. Spitzer was client #9 so obviously there were at least 8 others doing the same thing. I haven't heard any mention of who they are or how much they paid, how come. Once again the media picks and chooses who they distroy, based onthe ratings factor.

    March 13, 2008 at 7:00 am |