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4:00 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 …
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com
The Corner:
Obama Pic A Mistake  —  A few thoughts on this Obama photo that was circulated by the Clinton campaign, published on the Drudge Report.  The first is that it is a sign of the desperation of Team Clinton.  The second is that it is pretty nasty stuff, with its “he's a Muslim and it should bother you” undertone.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Macsmind
USA Today:   Obama campaign rips Clinton staff over photo; Clinton team fires back
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Breathe. Relax. The Drudge ‘Dressed Obama’ Photo, in Perspective.
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
Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
Obama Slams Clinton Camp Over Drudge Photo
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
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.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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William Kristol / New York Times:
It's All About Him  —  Last October, a reporter asked Barack Obama …
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.
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Ben / Think Progress:
Romney may rejoin GOP presidential race.
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Josh Romney mulling politics
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Politico
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.
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 …
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
Lloyd Grove / New York Magazine:
Chelsea's Morning  —  The Clinton heiress finally steps up to the mike— and proves she's a natural.  —  Faith Wong, a retired schoolteacher and Democratic activist in Ogden, Utah, wasn't expecting too much from Chelsea Clinton's stump appearance for her mother at Weber State University.
Discussion: Political Machine
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...
Washington Wire:
Clinton Aide Compares Obama to Jesse Jackson  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race.  —  Despite the backlash against President Clinton when he compared the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama to that of Rev. Jesse Jackson after the South Carolina primary, a top Clinton adviser evoked that comparison again today.
 
 
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