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5:30 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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
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: Hot Air
Lynn Sweet:
The story behind the Obama photo on Drudgereport.com
Discussion: Don Surber
The Corner:
Obama Pic A Mistake
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Macsmind
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Spokesperson Wolfson Strongly Denies Campaign Officially …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Breathe. Relax. The Drudge ‘Dressed Obama’ Photo, in Perspective.
USA Today:   Obama campaign rips Clinton staff over photo; Clinton team fires back
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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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.
Discussion: Gallup and MyDD
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 …
You Decide 08!:
DEMOCRATIC HOUSE DIVIDED: PA. MAN STABS BROTHER-IN-LAW OVER ELECTION  —  The cut-throat world of presidential politics usually doesn't go this far to get its point across.  —  But Jose Ortiz, 28 — a Hillary Clinton supporter — is behind bars after stabbing his Barack Obama-supporting brother-in-law …
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The Smoking Gun:
Clintonite Stabs Obama Supporter
Discussion: I Am TRex and Political Machine
2-More KYW Headlines:
1 Montco Brother-in-Law Stabs Another in Voting Dispute
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Jay Rockefeller, Not Serious  —  Andy McCarthy has an outstanding deconstruction of the political grandstanding that resulted in this piece from top Democrats involved in intelligence and judiciary oversight.  McCarthy points out that Jay Rockefeller, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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Washington Post:
Scare Tactics and Our Surveillance Bill
Discussion: Hold Fast and The Swamp
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.
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.
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
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
Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
With Allegations of Impropriety, the Charges Can Bounce Both Ways  —  When Gennifer Flowers held a news conference in 1992 to announce that she had carried on an affair with Bill Clinton, the New York Times devoted one paragraph of a news story to her charges.
 
 
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