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9:15 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 …
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.
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
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 and Political Machine
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.
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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
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
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%.
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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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.
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.
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
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.
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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 Earlier Items: 
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Lloyd Grove / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Political Machine
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
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