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9:50 PM ET, February 26, 2008


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Niall Stanage / New York Observer:
Panetta's Lament: They Had No Plan  —  The argument that the constant carping about Hillary Clinton's campaign has been a function of an Obama-friendly, process-obsessed media is well and good.  But how, then, to explain the deeply held dissatisfaction of an old Clinton loyalist like Leon Panetta?
Hillary Clinton / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Campaign Response To New York Times Rejected  —  The Clinton campaign is fighting back against a Sunday New York Times report by Patrick Healy that suggests her campaign is not only deteriorating, but that she is foreshadowing her exit through valedictory statements.
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Hillary's last stand  —  Tonight's MSNBC debate is make or break for a candidacy on the brink  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on February 25, 2008 in Washington, DC.  —  WASHINGTON - In many ways, tonight is Sen. Hillary Clinton's last stand.
Associated Press:
Candidates get ready to rumble in Ohio  —  Live MSNBC debate tonight may be last chance to slow Obama's momentum  —  Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waves to the crowd as she arrives at Lorain Admiral King High School in Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday.  —  Behind the scenes at the Cleveland debate
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain apologizes for radio host's Obama attack  —  I think we can safely say Bill “Willie” Cunningham, a conservative radio talk show host in Cincinnati, won't be showing up at any more rallies for Sen. John McCain.  —  It's never a good idea for someone who's sole job is to fire up the crowd …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain Disavows Comments About Obama  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democratic presidential candidate a “hack, Chicago-style” politician.
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Gah … Yes, there is.  If you think abortion and other forms of contraceptive birth control should be legal—i.e. that women should have the legal right to decide when they have children—you are pro-choice.  Even if you still reserve the right to judge them for it.
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling  —  A twelve-month long drop in world temperatures erases global warming  —  Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded.  China has its coldest winter in 100 years.  Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history.
Obama, BigLaw, and Taxes(Or: Obama = $34,000 Paycut)  —  [Ed. note: Today we bring you some “news you can use”: a practical look at how political choices might affect your personal finances.  This post is by Ted Frank, who blogs at and, and who has guest edited ATL in the past.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military fears ‘unknown quantity’  —  Members of Washington's military and defense establishment are expressing trepidation about Sen. Barack Obama, as the Illinois senator comes closer to winning the Democratic presidential nomination and leads in national polls to become commander in chief.
ABCNEWS:   Obama, Paul net most military workers' campaign donations
Sweetness & Light:
Another Photo Of Obama In Muslim Garb?  —  Here we go again.  Maybe.  —  This is an undated and un-captioned photograph that appears on the (highly partisan) website “Freedom's Enemies”: … And, if it is real, it is once again from the Associated Press.
David M. Brown /
Film's casting call wants that ‘inbred’ look  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  A movie about to be filmed in Pittsburgh is casting Gothic characters — including an albino-like girl and deformed people — to depict West Virginia mountain people.  —  “'Regular-looking” children need not apply.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
GOP Sen.: Iraq bill “a bullet right in the hearts of our troops”  —  In the war of words over Iraq, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) may want this one back.  —  Speaking about a Democratic proposal to force Iraq troop withdrawal within 120 days, Hutchison said Tuesday that such a proposal would …
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog
Abbie Ruzicka /
To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries women-only gym hours  —  Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Just don't call Barack Obama liberal, okey doke?  —  Senator Barack Obama during a rally yesterday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Obama seems to have calculated that labels can be distracting in a presidential campaign.  (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)  —  AUSTIN, Texas …
INTEL OFFICIALS SEND LETTER TO DNI McCONNELL SEEKING  —  CLARITY ON FISA, TELECOM IMMUNITY … Washington, D.C.-Yesterday, four former senior level intelligence officials, all of whom have worked with Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell in the past, sent a letter …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton's superdelegates rejecting pleas to switch  —  House Democrats supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are rejecting Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) plea that lawmakers not overrule voters should they be in a position to decide who will be the Democratic presidential nominee.
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