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4:00 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.
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:
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.
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
The “Native Clothing” Two-Step
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Spin Cycle
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama stiffs, stifles national press
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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRO-CHOICE....Via Atrios, I see that the once popular sport …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:   John Solomon's Washington Times Presents The Next Obama Smear: Military “Fears” Him
William Skidelsky / Prospect Magazine:
Critical condition  —  143 » Essays » Critical condition  —  Book reviewing may seem in reasonable health.  But the authority of critics is being undermined by a raucous blogging culture and an increasingly commercial publishing industry.  Literary journalism needs to get better if it is to survive
Jerusalem Post:
Obama: Pro-Israel needn't be pro-Likud  —  “I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud ap-proach to Israel, then you're anti-Israel, and that can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel,” leading Democratic presidential …
Michael A. Lindenberger / Dallas Morning News:
Early voters swarm in Texas  —  Turnout up on both sides, but Clinton-Obama race has numbers on record pace  —  A down-to-the-wire Democratic contest has electrified voters across Texas, who are voting in record numbers in advance of the March 4 primaries.
Ted Frank /
Obama, BigLaw, and Taxes(Or: Obama = $34,000 Paycut)  —  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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Alan Breslauer / The BRAD BLOG:
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove Holding A ‘Free Don Siegelman’ Banner; Says Republican Operative ‘Lied’ About Dirty Tricks He Asked Her to Commit, According to ‘60 Minutes’ Report  —  Rove Denies Allegations Made by Dana Jill Simpson Sunday on CBS, Says 'I Don't Think I Ever Met the Woman'...
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 …
Washington Post:
A War We Must End  —  Despite the Democratic presidential candidates' expressed commitment to ending the war in Iraq, there is unease among the party's base.  Some ardent activists have suggested that upon election, a new Democratic president will come under inordinate pressure to sustain …
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U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig:
Craig Accepting Applications for Summer Interns
Discussion: Wonkette and Pam's House Blend
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Wargaming the Electoral College
Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
Hillary Clinton
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
At least Republicans are consistent with their accounting standards
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
MSNBC serves political news with a side of opinion
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SURGE UPDATE....I guess the surge is working so well that we have to keep it up forever:
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Latest E-Mail Scam Offers Reprieve — at a Price — From Killer-for-Hire
Mike McPhee / Denver Post:
Judge makes lawyers pay for frivolity
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Dodd: “It is now the hour to come together”
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Palin's In  —  As speculation increases on the VP choice …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Messing with Texas  —  Bill Clinton, on the Texas caucuses:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Truth, Please, About Iraq
Christopher Maag / Time:
Obama's Ohio Grassroots Advantage
Discussion: The New Republic
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo: