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11:00 PM ET, February 25, 2008

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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: It's all tied up for Dems in Texas  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  (CNN) — Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Texas, according to a poll released eight days before the state's crucial presidential primary.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Cliff Schecter
New York Times:
Poll Shows Obama Is Seen as More Likely to Beat McCain  —  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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Mmm... Latte  —  My TRB column in this issue is about the class …
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Spokesperson Wolfson Strongly Denies Campaign Officially Pushed Obama Turban Pic  —  On a conference call with reporters just now, Hillary spokesperson Howard Wolfson strongly denied any official campaign role in pushing the photo of Obama in a turban and Somali garb.
Jacqueline Klingebiel / Political Radar:
Clinton on photo: 'Why is anybody concerned about this? "
Discussion: Guardian, The World Wide Rant and Salon
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wolfson delivers heated criticism of press
Discussion: The Plank and Too Sense
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT DRUDGE HEADLINE  —  You've probably already seen …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Surrogate Talking Points: The Photo
CBS3.com:
In-Laws' Political Dispute Ends In Stabbing  —  UPPER PROVIDENCE, Pa. (CBS 3) ― The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is investigating a politically motivated stabbing that left one in-law hospitalized and another in prison.  —  Authorities said brother-in-laws Jose Ortiz …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama responds to CNN's smear: Join In against ‘right wing hack attacks’  —  Obama responds to the new smear campaign against him quite deftly.  CNN and the AP should be ashamed of themselves.  I didn't know lapel pins were so important to national security.
Discussion: American Street
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Melanie Scarborough / Examiner:
Commentary - Melanie Scarborough: Obama on Obama is scary truth  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - One can only hope that the majority of Barack Obama's supporters are not as inane as actress Susan Sarandon, who announced last week that she supports Obama for president and “can't wait to see what he stands for.”
Discussion: Power Line
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Carl Weiser / Politics Extra:
Obama campaigns in Cincinnati
Discussion: Washington Wire
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Withheld Controversial Abramoff Email  —  On the stump, Sen. John McCain often cites his work tackling the excesses of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff as evidence of his sturdy ethical compass.  —  A little-known document, however, shows that McCain may have taken steps to protect …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Coupe Deval  —  The unhappy first year in office of Barack Obama's friend and oratorical model.  —  Boston  —  Early last week, the presidential campaign was rocked by the “bombshell” that Barack Obama had borrowed certain rhetorical flourishes from Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
An early look at how Clinton deals with crisis  —  In a presidential campaign focused on the future, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama spend a lot of time talking about their pasts.  —  Both lean heavily on tales of early, formative experiences - she running a law clinic in Arkansas …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
Mr Kristol, you get a C in economics!  —  There!  I said it, and I feel better already.  I have waited a really long time to do this, and I am happy that Bill Kristol finally gave me an opportunity with his column in today's New York Times.  More on what he wrote below …
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.
 
 
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Plain Dealer / OPENERS:
Former Cleveland mayor Michael R. White switches from Clinton to Obama
USA Today:
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Lloyd Grove / New York Magazine:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
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