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5:35 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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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.
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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.
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?
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
The “Native Clothing” Two-Step  —  1) The Clinton campaign is accused of circulating a photo of Barack Obama wearing Somali garb on a visit to Africa, and declines to deny that someone on the campaign may have been responsible.  —  2) The Clinton campaign says that, regardless …
Vincent Rossmeier / Salon:
How to turn white evangelicals into Democrats  —  Amy Sullivan is a senior editor at Time, a liberal Democrat, and an evangelical Christian.  One of those things is not supposed to be like the others, but she argues in her new book that her fellow Democrats need to reach out to her fellow evangelicals …
Discussion: The Mahablog and New York Times
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Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Gah … Yes, there is.  If you think abortion and other forms …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRO-CHOICE....Via Atrios, I see that the once popular sport …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TalkLeft
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN SUPPORTER PLAYS UP ‘HUSSEIN’  —  From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell  —  CINCINNATI, Ohio — One of the speakers before McCain took the stage used some noteworthy language this morning.  —  Bill Cunningham, who I am told is a radio host here, repeatedly referred to Obama as Barack Hussein Obama — at least three times.
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.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
John Solomon's Washington Times Presents The Next Obama Smear: Military “Fears” Him
Discussion: Angry Bear
Abovethelaw.com:
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 Overlawyered.com and PointofLaw.com, and who has guest edited ATL in the past.
Alan Breslauer / The BRAD BLOG:
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove Holds ‘Free Don Siegelman’ Banner with BRAD BLOG Contributor; Says Republican Operative ‘Lied’ About Dirty Tricks He Allegedly Asked Her to Commit Against AL's Jailed Former Democratic Governor  —  I got a chance to meet Karl Rove before he spoke at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles last night.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Abrams Report: Bush League Justice on Siegelman
Stephen F. Hayes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Power of Words  —  These are words that move and uplift, that give hope to the hopeless.  These words inspired millions of voters nationwide to join the grand experiment called democracy, casting votes for their candidate, their country, their destiny:
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.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Audacity of Data  —  Barack Obama's surprisingly non-ideological policy shop.  —  As a young economics professor in the late 1970s, Richard Thaler began noticing small but nagging ways in which ordinary people defied the predictions of economic theory.
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.
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.
Inside Higher Ed:
Joining the Law School Rankings Game  —  In the highly competitive worlds of law school admissions and faculty recruitment, it often seems as if the Lake Wobegone effect is in full force.  On their Web sites and in the other marketing materials that law schools distribute to raise their profiles …
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Wonkette and Sadly, No!
 
 
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Michael Kamber / New York Times:
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Steven Weber / The Huffington Post:
Fight With Clubs  —  Here comes the Goya-esque moment …
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nsnetwork.org:
INTEL OFFICIALS SEND LETTER TO DNI McCONNELL SEEKING
Reuters:
France eyes sending troops to Afghan combat zone
David Wright / ABCNEWS:
Dodd Endorses Obama, Rules Out Veepstakes
U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig:
Craig Accepting Applications for Summer Interns
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
At least Republicans are consistent with their accounting standards
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Christopher Maag / Time:
Obama's Ohio Grassroots Advantage
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Washington Post:
A War We Must End
Ardeshir Arian / Pajamas Media:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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