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11:25 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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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
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 …
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 …
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).
Discussion: QandO
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, Salon and The World Wide Rant
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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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.
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Lessig Blog:
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
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