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12:05 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 …
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 …
Americans for Prosperity:
The Murtha Bash - Pork Crash  —  You may have heard recently that one of the most notorious pork-barrellers in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania,is hosting a swanky fundraising dinner with a bunch of earmark-seeking defense lobbyists at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, tomorrow night.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Porkbuster groups planning to crash Murtha's Earmarkers Ball
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.
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.
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Sen. Dodd Endorses Obama
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Washington Wire:
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Seek Common Ground  —  Susan Davis reports on Congress.  —  A bipartisan group of eight House members offered a snapshot Monday evening of some of the potential legislative challenges and advantages the next president may face in dealing with Congress.
Editorial RSS:   Democrats turn up heat in flurry of Ohio stops
Associated Press:
Dems' Ohio debate comes at key moment
Discussion: The Caucus
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.
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.”
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Too Sense
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 …
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Obama's Ohio Grassroots Advantage
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Cristina Page / The Huffington Post:
The McModerate  —  With detractors like Rush Limbaugh …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Wholesale prices jump in January
Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
NAFTA Nonsense  —  For Barack Obama, hope can triumph over anything …
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
Huckabee endorses ‘egg as person’ amendment
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