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7:10 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?
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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.
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.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:   Hillary Spokesperson Blasts Reporters For Using Drudge As Their “Assignment Editor”
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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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.
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRO-CHOICE....Via Atrios, I see that the once popular sport of Amy Sullivan bashing is back in vogue.  Here's Amy, in an interview with Salon about her new book, The Party Faithful: … Amanda Marcotte responds: … Actually, I think Amy's point is precisely the opposite.
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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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ABCNEWS:   Obama, Paul net most military workers' campaign donations
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Fix, TalkLeft and Washington Post
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:
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.
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Oscar winner targets Abramoff, McCain  —  The filmmaker who won an Academy Award Sunday night for best documentary is next turning his attention to the Jack Abramoff scandal, including GOP presidential candidate John McCain's role in investigating the affair.
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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