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9:00 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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
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.
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Surrogate Talking Points: The Photo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's response to the day's Drudge
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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 …
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 …
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The Smoking Gun:
Clintonite Stabs Obama Supporter  —  Cops: Man assaulted brother-in-law during political argument  —  Meet Jose Antonio Ortiz.  The Pennsylvania man allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law in the stomach after the pair quarreled about their respective support of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: I Am TRex
Carl Weiser / Politics Extra:
Obama campaigns in Cincinnati  —  Howard Wilkinson reports:  —  Cincinnati's only Democratic “super-delegate,” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, ended months of courting by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, by endorsing the Illinois senator just before he came on stage for a rally at the Fifth Third Center.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Melanie Scarborough / Examiner:
Commentary - Melanie Scarborough: Obama on Obama is scary truth
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Vermont Democratic Presidential Primary  —  Vermont: Obama 57% Clinton 33%  —  In Vermont, Barack Obama holds a commanding twenty-four point lead over Hillary Clinton with just over a week to go before the Primary.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Obama with 57% of the vote while Clinton attracts only 33%.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
ACTION: Tell AP Papers to Stop Smearing Obama's Patriotism  —  It was pretty much world-record speed with which the smears against Barack Obama's patriotism alley-ooped from the right wing attack machine into the pages of legitimate media, neatly laundered into the AP by Nedra Pickler.
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos, DownWithTyranny! and D-Day
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama responds to CNN's smear: Join In against ‘right wing hack attacks’
Discussion: American Street
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.
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Media Blackout Update: Pakistan and Alabama?  —  Governments that try to keep a firm grip on information flow in their countries, like the Kremlin, have used “technical problems” as an excuse to shut out unwelcome content on the Web and television.  But could it have happened in the United States?
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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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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