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11:25 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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New York Times:
Clinton Campaign Starts 5-Point Attack on Obama  —  After struggling for months to dent Senator Barack Obama's candidacy, the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now unleashing what one Clinton aide called a “kitchen sink” fusillade against Mr. Obama, pursuing five lines …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Team Clinton: Down, and Out of Touch  —  They are in the last throes, if you will.  As Vice President Cheney knows, such predictions can be perilous.  Still, there was no mistaking a certain flailing, a lashing-out, as two Clinton advisers sat down for a bacon-and-eggs session yesterday at the St. Regis Hotel.
The Politico:
Finger-pointing, frustration in Clinton camp  —  With a week to go before climactic tests in Texas and Ohio, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign team has slipped into full recriminations mode.  —  Looking backward, interviews with a cross-section of campaign aides and sympathetic outsiders suggest …
New York Post:
THE MYSTERY SMEAR  —  Just how desperate is the faltering Hillary-for-President team?  Desper ate enough for overt race-baiting?  —  Consider the flap over a photo that popped up on the Drudge Report yesterday, depicting Sen. Barack Obama in traditional Somali garb during a 2006 trip to Kenya - his father's homeland.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
FLOWERS PUTTING CLINTON PHONE CONVERSATIONS UP FOR BID  —  Gennifer Flowers is putting the tapes of her recorded conversations with Bill Clinton during their 12-year affair on the auction block, Vegas Confidential learned Monday.  —  Flowers, who came forward during Clinton's 1992 Presidential …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real McCain  —  You wouldn't know it to look at them, but political consultants are as faddish as anyone else.  And the current vogueish advice among the backroom set is: Go after your opponent's strengths.  So in the first volley of what feels like the general election campaign …
Michael J. Totten:
Guns in the Desert  —  ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ - The Humvee slammed to a halt on the desert road between Fallujah and the town of Al Farris.  I peered around the driver's head from the back seat and tried to figure out what was happening.  —  “Why are we stopping?”  I said.  —  “IED,” Sergeant Guerrero said.
Times of London:
Mansion ‘mistake’ piles the pressure on Barack Obama  —  James Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London  —  A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Surges Ahead Nationally  —  CBS News/NY Times Survey Finds Obama Opens Up 16-Point Lead; Also Leads In Head-To-Head Match Up With McCain  —  (CBS) A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds Barack Obama with a 16-point lead over rival Hillary Clinton among Democratic primary voters nationwide.
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David Lat / Abovethelaw.com:
Breaking: Monica Goodling Is Engaged!  —  This just in: the super-fabulous Monica Goodling, one of ATL's all-time favorite people, is engaged!  —  Monica Marie Goodling, of Alexandria, is engaged to be married to Michael Krempasky, of Falls Church.  The wedding is planned for later this year.
Breitbart.tv:
Bill Slips While Stumping for Hillary?  ‘If You Elect Me...’  —  Was he speaking “as” his wife or was it a slip? (see related link) “If you elect me, I'll repeal those subsidies and put them into a strategic energy fund that will create American jobs for America's future with clean energy.”
Ardeshir Arian / Pajamas Media:
IRANIAN SHOPPERS RIOT AGAINST MODESTY POLICE  —  It happens every day on the streets of Tehran: a police squad grabbed a young woman for dressing immodestly.  But this time, the young woman fought back: and a crowd defended her and attacked the police.  Thanks to cell phone video, the Internet …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama stiffs, stifles national press  —  EDINBURG, Texas - For all the positive press Barack Obama receives, as he moves closer to clinching the Democratic nomination he is establishing himself as the candidate who keeps the most distance from the national media.
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
Huckabee endorses ‘egg as person’ amendment  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday endorsed a proposed Colorado Human Life Amendment that would define personhood as a fertilized egg.  —  The former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister also supports a human-life amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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