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12:40 AM ET, February 25, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Mocks Barack Obama During Campaign Rally  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is on its last legs after suffering a string of defeats to her rival Barack Obama.  Clinton made the decision to go negative in an effort to halt Obama's rising momentum.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Clintons' Last Stand  —  Watching senator Clinton attempt to regain some lift as she paraglides into history is almost enough to evoke pity.  Almost.  The Clintons come with their own boundless reserves of self-pity so further reinforcements seem unnecessary to me.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Hillary Clinton Mocks Obama: Political Masterstroke Or Mistake?
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The Politico:
Nader enters in boon to GOP  —  Ralph Nader announced on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he'll run as a third-party, anti-corporate candidate for president this fall, which would be likely to drain votes from the Democratic nominee and provide a huge boon to Republicans.
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Nader to Run Again
Discussion: Economist's View and Roger Ailes
Reuters:
Consumer advocate Nader starts presidential bid
James Fallows:
Ralph Nader: tragedy to farce
Discussion: 23/6, MoJoBlog, PoliGazette and ABCNEWS
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Knocks Clinton, But Wouldn't Ax NAFTA  —  Obama: NAFTA Repeal ‘Would Actually Result in More Job Loss ... Than Job Gains’  —  Appealing to union voters in a dry wall manufacturing plant in this crucial primary state, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sunday afternoon said that even though …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Redstate
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Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Obama Mailings ‘False’?  —  Clinton says Democrats should be “outraged.”  You be the judge.  —  Clinton said “every Democrat should be outraged” at two “false” mailers that Obama sent to voters in Ohio.  —  We find that a mailer criticizing her position on trade is indeed misleading.
Erik German / Newsday:
Clinton blasts claims in two Obama mailers
Discussion: Pensito Review and Redstate
Sweetness & Light:
Obama Wore Muslim Garb During Kenya Trip  —  [Note: please see the update posted below.  The photograph is authentic.]  —  A poster named “Bannie” at Free Republic has noted a photo that appeared in the February 4, 2008 edition of the notoriously unreliable supermarket tabloid, the National Examiner:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
CNN's question: Obama's patriotism  —  I've got to say, I've never seen a reader poll like this on a mainstream media website (or, to be honest, a right-wing blog).  This is currently on CNN.com.  —  And just today (in a very interesting exchange with the Cleveland Jewish Community) …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Lapel Pin Patriotism, Round Two
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
DNC to File FEC Complaint Against McCain Campaign  —  John McCain's attempted politically motivated gaming of the public financing system is already drawing the attention of the Federal Elections Commisssion, with the chairman of the FEC firing off a letter to McCain's presidential campaign asking …
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Alex Mooney / CNN:   Dean says McCain skirting election law
Anthony H. Cordesman / Washington Post:
Two Winnable Wars  —  No one can return from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as I recently did, without believing that these are wars that can still be won.  They are also clearly wars that can still be lost, but visits to the battlefield show that these conflicts are very different …
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
A Spry Farrakhan Sings Obama's Praises  —  CHICAGO (AP) — In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the “hope of the entire world” that the U.S. will change for the better.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
EXPERIENCE....Riffing off Scott Lemieux, Matt Yglesias takes a pot shot at Hillary Clinton's claim to be the “experienced” candidate: … This obviously gets into the realm of pure spin since “experience” is such an amorphous quality, but I really think that Obama partisans are missing the point here.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Ad shows Hillary's vulnerability dilemma  —  CINCINNATI — A new Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign ad featuring an emotional answer the New York senator gave during Thursday's debate highlights a central dilemma that has dogged her slipping candidacy.  —  On the one hand, Clinton …
Discussion: New York Times
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Distrust of McCain Lingers Over '05 Deal on Judges  —  WASHINGTON — Back in 2005, Senator John McCain of Arizona and fellow members of the so-called Gang of 14 were hailed as heroes in some quarters when they fashioned an unusual pact that averted a Senate vote on banning filibusters against judicial nominees.
Dirty Harry / LIBERTAS:
LIVE-BLOGGING THE OSCARS  —  Newest posts at the top.  Keep refreshing because I'll be posting manically thanks to my North Carolina eight-ball: No-Doz and a Dr. Pibb...  8:47 — All in all not a bad show.  TOO LONG, but that's a part of the deal.  Jon Stewart got much better as the night wore on and I suspect will get nice reviews.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
 
 
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Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Angry Bear
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The McCain Flap  —  It was extremely pleasant not to have to respond …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Raul Castro Succeeds Fidel as President of Cuba
Colin McEnroe / Hartford Courant:
The Lobbyist, The Drudge, The Times, The Fixer
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
White House backtracks on claims of lost intelligence
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politics Of Fear’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN EMBRACES OBAMA HOAX EMAIL