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5:55 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.
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?  —  Some 10 days before pivotal Texas and Ohio primaries, and days before what could be a make-or-break Presidential debate in Ohio, Senator Hillary Clinton has sarcastically mocked her rival Senator Barack Obama at a political rally.
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  —  And just today (in a very interesting exchange with the Cleveland Jewish Community) …
Discussion: Say Anything and AMERICAblog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN SIGNS ON WITH REP. KINGSTON (R-GA)  —  I guess we shouldn't be surprised.  Ben Smith, at The Politico, flags that today CNN's running a ‘online poll’ asking if Barack Obama has enough patriotism to be president.  As Ben, with some understatement, put it's “it's odd to see the mainstream media drive …
Discussion: Firedoglake, American Street and Salon
Obama fights back on questions about his patriotism  —  (CNN) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended himself and his wife Sunday against suggestions that they are insufficiently patriotic.  —  After a town hall meeting in Lorain, Ohio, a reporter asked Obama about …
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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton assures donors after losses  —  BOSTON - Attempting to reassure anxious donors, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday outlined a road map she said she will follow to beat Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries March 4.  —  Clinton insisted that her campaign is on track and moving forward …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Ad shows Hillary's vulnerability dilemma
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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:
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize  —  Of the many landmarks along a journalist's career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down.  Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.  —  On Tuesday, it was announced that he had won …
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.
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for Feb. 24, 2008  —  Ralph Nader, David Brooks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michele Norris, Chuck Todd  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Many Democrats accuse this man of draining votes from Al Gore, which helped elect George W. Bush in 2000.
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 …
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 …
Joe Feuerherd / Washington Post:
I Voted for Obama.  Will I Go Straight to. . . ?  —  Like most Maryland Democrats, I voted for Sen. Barack Obama in the recent Potomac Primary.  By doing so, according to the leaders of my church, I put my soul at risk.  That's right, says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Feministe
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William Kristol / New York Times:
It's All About Him  —  Last October, a reporter asked Barack Obama …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Memories of a Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ATTACKING AL-QAEDA....Last August, in the wake of news (here) …
City Journal:
The Campus Rape Myth
Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
From the New Deal, a Way Out of a Mess
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Prince crippled by sexy dancing
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Conservative Cannibalism
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
A Future to Wince At  —  A SIMPLE rule that correspondents follow is …
Discussion: Say Anything and Redstate
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Pakistan militants call for dialogue
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Agonist
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Israel prepares for mass protests at Gaza border
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Mugniyah behind establishment of Mahdi Army
Matthew Yglesias:
Tax and Deregulate  —  To offer some further thoughts on Iceland …
Discussion: The RBC
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
EXPERIENCE....Riffing off Scott Lemieux, Matt Yglesias takes …
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
White House backtracks on claims of lost intelligence
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politics Of Fear’