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3:10 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.
Marc Ambinder:
Maggie Williams Statement  —  Maybe, reader TV, I owe you an apology.  —  This statement by Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams does not include a denial that said photograph was distributed by the campaign, which, perhaps, one can justify under the assumption that Williams doesn't have access …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's response to the day's Drudge  —  The Clinton campaign puts out a response from Maggie Williams, which doesn't respond to the question of whether a staffer was circulating the photo of Obama in Somali garb, but takes issue with the Obama campaign's embrace of the issue:
USA Today:   Obama campaign rips Clinton staff over photo; Clinton team fires back
Marc Ambinder:
The Drudge Photo  —  It's unclear who is circulating the photo …
Discussion: Poll Dancing
You Decide 08!:
KENYA PHOTO WORTH SEVERAL SHARP WORDS FROM CLINTON, OBAMA CAMPS
Discussion: News Hounds and Sweetness & Light
The Corner:
Obama Pic A Mistake
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Macsmind
Ben Smith / The Politico:
“Dressed”  —  Drudge is leading with a picture of Obama …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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Michelle / Hot Air:
Ed Morrissey joins Hot Air; comment registration open
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama  —  DALLAS — There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?  —  In Colorado, two sisters say they pray daily for his safety.
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Spengler / Asia Times:
Obama's women reveal his secret
Discussion: TigerHawk
William Kristol / New York Times:
It's All About Him  —  Last October, a reporter asked Barack Obama …
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Who Will Bell Hillary?  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even before Sen. Barack Obama won his ninth-straight contest against Sen. Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin last Tuesday, wise old heads in the Democratic Party were asking this question: Who will tell her that it's over, that she cannot win …
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Quinnipiac University News and Events:
Obama Gains On Clinton In Ohio Dem Primary Quinnipiac University Likely Voter Poll Finds; College-Educated Voters In Big Shift To Obama  —  Buoyed by a big shift among college-educated voters, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is gaining on New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who now leads 51 …
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.
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.
Discussion: MSNBC, The Swamp and MyDD
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Mitt Romney to rejoin GOP race?  —  Josh Romney, one of former Gov. Mitt Romney's five sons, says it's “possible” his father may rejoin the race for the White House, as a vice presidential candidate or as the Republican Party's standard-bearer if the campaign of Sen. John McCain falters.
Washington Post:
Top Obama Flip-Flops  —  1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as “special interest” money.  Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements.  He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of “working...
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
GOP fears charges of racism, sexism  —  Top Republican strategists are working on plans to protect the GOP from charges of racism or sexism in the general election, as they prepare for a presidential campaign against the first ever African-American or female Democratic nominee.
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Got your popcorn?  If it's too early for that, a cup of coffee will do.  Last night 60 Minutes finally aired its segment on the Don Siegelman case, and here it is, in all its 9-minute glory:  —  Ever since June of last year, the Siegelman case has, more than any other …
 
 
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