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7:20 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: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Surrogate Talking Points: The Photo
Marc Ambinder:   Maggie Williams Statement
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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, Pollster.com and MyDD
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.
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 …
CBS3.com:
In-Laws' Political Dispute Ends In Stabbing  —  UPPER PROVIDENCE, Pa. (CBS 3) ― The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is investigating a politically motivated stabbing that left one in-law hospitalized and another in prison.  —  Authorities said brother-in-laws Jose Ortiz …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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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 …
The Smoking Gun:
Clintonite Stabs Obama Supporter
Discussion: I Am TRex and AMERICAN DIGEST
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.
Carl Weiser / Politics Extra:
Obama campaigns in Cincinnati  —  Howard Wilkinson reports:  —  Cincinnati's only Democratic “super-delegate,” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, ended months of courting by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, by endorsing the Illinois senator just before he came on stage for a rally at the Fifth Third Center.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Melanie Scarborough / Examiner:
Commentary - Melanie Scarborough: Obama on Obama is scary truth
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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 …
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?
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
An early look at how Clinton deals with crisis  —  In a presidential campaign focused on the future, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama spend a lot of time talking about their pasts.  —  Both lean heavily on tales of early, formative experiences - she running a law clinic in Arkansas …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
USA Today:
Democrats promise a lot, but who will pay the bill?  —  To listen to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign in Ohio and Texas is to hear pledges on health care, middle-class tax cuts, mortgage assistance, tuition help, energy initiatives and more.  —  It's all very appealing.
 
 
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