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9:25 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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New York Times:
Clinton Campaign Starts 5-Point Attack on Obama  —  After struggling for months to dent Senator Barack Obama's candidacy, the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now unleashing what one Clinton aide called a “kitchen sink” fusillade against Mr. Obama, pursuing five lines …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Team Clinton: Down, and Out of Touch  —  They are in the last throes, if you will.  As Vice President Cheney knows, such predictions can be perilous.  Still, there was no mistaking a certain flailing, a lashing-out, as two Clinton advisers sat down for a bacon-and-eggs session yesterday at the St. Regis Hotel.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
FLOWERS PUTTING CLINTON PHONE CONVERSATIONS UP FOR BID  —  Gennifer Flowers is putting the tapes of her recorded conversations with Bill Clinton during their 12-year affair on the auction block, Vegas Confidential learned Monday.  —  Flowers, who came forward during Clinton's 1992 Presidential …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Wonkette
The Politico:
Finger-pointing, frustration in Clinton camp  —  With a week to go before climactic tests in Texas and Ohio, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign team has slipped into full recriminations mode.  —  Looking backward, interviews with a cross-section of campaign aides and sympathetic outsiders suggest …
Discussion: New York Times and Newsweek Blogs
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Surges Ahead Nationally  —  CBS News/NY Times Survey Finds Obama Opens Up 16-Point Lead; Also Leads In Head-To-Head Match Up With McCain  —  (CBS) A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds Barack Obama with a 16-point lead over rival Hillary Clinton among Democratic primary voters nationwide.
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New York Times:
Obama's Support Grows Broader, New Poll Finds  —  WASHINGTON — In the past two months, Senator Barack Obama has built a commanding coalition among Democratic voters, with especially strong support among men, and is now viewed by most Democrats as the candidate best able to beat Senator John McCain …
Discussion: On Deadline
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real McCain  —  You wouldn't know it to look at them, but political consultants are as faddish as anyone else.  And the current vogueish advice among the backroom set is: Go after your opponent's strengths.  So in the first volley of what feels like the general election campaign …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama stiffs, stifles national press  —  EDINBURG, Texas - For all the positive press Barack Obama receives, as he moves closer to clinching the Democratic nomination he is establishing himself as the candidate who keeps the most distance from the national media.
Discussion: MSNBC, Washington Post and NO QUARTER
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rendell: ‘The Media Does Not Like the Clintons’  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said Monday that the media's pro-Obama (or anti-Clinton) bias explains in part why Barack Obama is portrayed as running away with the Democratic presidential nomination (instead of being locked in a close fight with Hillary Rodham Clinton).
Times of London:
Mansion ‘mistake’ piles the pressure on Barack Obama  —  James Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London  —  A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.
SurveyUSA:
Texas: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%  —  The ‘Ayes’ of Texas Are Upon Him: Obama Now Atop Clinton — In a Democratic Primary in Texas today, 02/25/08, 8 days till votes are counted, Barack Obama moves ever-so-slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton, though at the edge of the margin of sampling error …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Open Left and Daily Kos
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: It's all tied up for Dems in Texas
ABCNEWS:
Clinton Blasts Obama's Foreign Policy Readiness
Discussion: The Swamp and NO QUARTER
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Ding Dong!  The Witch Is Dead!  —  From the DoD, via TPMMuckraker: … Pardon me while I dance about my study, cackling with glee.  That's some of the best news I've had since, well, since the announcement of the ceasefire in Northern Uganda.  (Hard to top that.)
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooked Timber
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David Brody / CBN.com:
Hillary Clinton Fights On  —  Click on the video player to see what the former first lady had to say to CBN News about her campaign, Obama and her faith.  —  This past weekend in Rhode Island, it was 5,000 strong.  —  But in an election year when she would make history as the first woman president …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Breitbart.tv:
Bill Slips While Stumping for Hillary?  ‘If You Elect Me...’  —  Was he speaking “as” his wife or was it a slip? (see related link) “If you elect me, I'll repeal those subsidies and put them into a strategic energy fund that will create American jobs for America's future with clean energy.”
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Anti-war Democrats ponder next step  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats facing rejection of a proposal to cut off money for the Iraq war are deliberating their next step in trying to rebuild anti-war momentum.  —  In recent months, violence in Iraq has declined and the Baghdad government …
Michael Tomasky / The New Republic:
Jackboots and Whole Foods  —  Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning  —  In graduate school I had a professor, a famous Marxist, who devoted a significant portion of a lecture to the subject of artifacts.
Discussion: Orcinus and Whiskey Fire
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
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