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1:35 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
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 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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John King with Mike McConnell: Rare journalistic honesty  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  John King sat in for Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Sunday talk show and interviewed Bush DNI Admiral Michael McConnell about all the grave dangers the American people will continue to face …
Wall Street Journal:
Hard of Hearing  —  Are Americans as safe today as they were …
Discussion: The American Mind
Senator Mitch McConnell /
House Inaction Left America Open To Attack
Discussion: The Corner
David Lat /
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Hot Air, Too Sense and AMERICAblog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Truth, Please, About Iraq  —  Last week, while I was sleeping, Charles Krauthammer cited Anthony Cordesman's latest report on Iraq as evidence that the war in Iraq was finally going well.  McCain has also made this point.  But actually reading Cordesman, you sure don't get that impression.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Palin's In  —  As speculation increases on the VP choice …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Study: Incarceration rate lower for immigrants
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Egypt's Mubarak says Syria part of Lebanon crisis
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Porkbuster groups planning to crash Murtha's Earmarkers Ball
Bennett Roth / Houston Chronicle:
In Texas Democratic primary, expect a GOP turnout
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Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
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Washington Post:
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The Politico:
GOP sources cite lax controls at NRCC
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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Michael Tomasky / The New Republic:
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