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4:50 PM ET, February 25, 2008

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Drudge Report:
CLINTON STAFFERS CIRCULATE ‘DRESSED’ OBAMA  —  With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a “dressed” Barack Obama.  —  The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner fitted as a Somali Elder …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama slams smear photo  —  Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of “shameful offensive fear-mongering” by circulating a photo as an attempted smear.  —  Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT DRUDGE HEADLINE  —  You've probably already seen that blaring headline on Drudge's site, alleging that Clinton staffers have been circulating a 2006 photo of Obama in the garb of a Somali village elder with a turban.  The photo apparently comes from a 2006 congressional delegation he was on during his second year in the senate.
Marc Ambinder:
Maggie Williams Statement  —  Maybe, reader TV, I owe you an apology.  —  This statement by Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams does not include a denial that said photograph was distributed by the campaign, which, perhaps, one can justify under the assumption that Williams doesn't have access …
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com and Hot Air
The Corner:
Obama Pic A Mistake
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Macsmind
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Breathe. Relax. The Drudge ‘Dressed Obama’ Photo, in Perspective.
USA Today:   Obama campaign rips Clinton staff over photo; Clinton team fires back
Lynn Sweet:
The story behind the Obama photo on Drudgereport.com
Discussion: Don Surber
Marc Ambinder:
The Drudge Photo  —  It's unclear who is circulating the photo …
Discussion: Poll Dancing
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Road Goes Ever On  —  Today brings exciting news and an end to a time in my life that has proven far more successful than I ever dreamed.  Beginning on March 1, I will begin working for Michelle Malkin, a friend, mentor, and writer I have long admired.  She has offered me a position …
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Michelle / Hot Air:
Ed Morrissey joins Hot Air; comment registration open
USA Today:
Poll respondents: Obama will be nominee  —  The air of inevitability that once surrounded Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton has shifted to challenger Barack Obama.  In a new national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, those surveyed predict by 73%-20% that Obama will be the Democratic nominee.
Discussion: MyDD
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Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Who Will Bell Hillary?  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even before Sen. Barack Obama won his ninth-straight contest against Sen. Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin last Tuesday, wise old heads in the Democratic Party were asking this question: Who will tell her that it's over, that she cannot win …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Jay Rockefeller, Not Serious  —  Andy McCarthy has an outstanding deconstruction of the political grandstanding that resulted in this piece from top Democrats involved in intelligence and judiciary oversight.  McCarthy points out that Jay Rockefeller, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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Washington Post:
Scare Tactics and Our Surveillance Bill
Discussion: Hold Fast and The Swamp
Diane Francis / National Post:
Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age  —  Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.  —  The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Mitt Romney to rejoin GOP race?  —  Josh Romney, one of former Gov. Mitt Romney's five sons, says it's “possible” his father may rejoin the race for the White House, as a vice presidential candidate or as the Republican Party's standard-bearer if the campaign of Sen. John McCain falters.
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Ben / Think Progress:
Romney may rejoin GOP presidential race.
2-More KYW Headlines:
1 Montco Brother-in-Law Stabs Another in Voting Dispute  —  by KYW's Brad Segall  —  The race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination continues to heat up — but in one Montgomery County, Pa. household, the debate turned violent.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Spengler / Asia Times:
Obama's women reveal his secret  —  “Cherchez la femme,” advised Alexander Dumas in: “When you want to uncover an unspecified secret, look for the woman.”  In the case of Barack Obama, we have two: his late mother, the went-native anthropologist Ann Dunham, and his rancorous wife Michelle.
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
Obama Gains On Clinton In Ohio Dem Primary Quinnipiac University Likely Voter Poll Finds; College-Educated Voters In Big Shift To Obama  —  Buoyed by a big shift among college-educated voters, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is gaining on New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who now leads 51 …
Lloyd Grove / New York Magazine:
Chelsea's Morning  —  The Clinton heiress finally steps up to the mike— and proves she's a natural.  —  Faith Wong, a retired schoolteacher and Democratic activist in Ogden, Utah, wasn't expecting too much from Chelsea Clinton's stump appearance for her mother at Weber State University.
Discussion: Political Machine
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Edwards joins Obama supporters in new anti-war effort  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards (D-N.C.), whose endorsement is sought by Democratic presidential rivals Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), will join several groups that have endorsed Obama in a new effort to end the Iraq war.
Discussion: MSNBC, The Swamp, MyDD and Cliff Schecter
Washington Post:
Top Obama Flip-Flops  —  1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as “special interest” money.  Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements.  He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of “working...
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
With Allegations of Impropriety, the Charges Can Bounce Both Ways  —  When Gennifer Flowers held a news conference in 1992 to announce that she had carried on an affair with Bill Clinton, the New York Times devoted one paragraph of a news story to her charges.
Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
GOP fears charges of racism, sexism  —  Top Republican strategists are working on plans to protect the GOP from charges of racism or sexism in the general election, as they prepare for a presidential campaign against the first ever African-American or female Democratic nominee.
 
 
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