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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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