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9:25 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: NOT WHAT SHE SEEMED TO BE  —  FOR the next several days, you're going to read and hear a great deal of pious nonsense in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.  —  Her country's better off without her.
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Telegraph:
Row breaks out over Benazir Bhutto's death  —  The burial of Benzair Bhutto was today marred by heavy violence across Pakistan as a bitter row broke out over how she died.  —  As hundreds of thousands mourned the murdered opposition leader, the country's Interior Ministry claimed she had died …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's veto of defense bill  —  At the behest of the Iraqi government, President Bush has vetoed the annual defense authorization bill, saying an obscure provision in the legislation could make Iraqi assets held in U.S. banks vulnerable to lawsuits.
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush rejects defense bill by pocket veto  —  CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush on Friday used a “pocket veto” to reject a sweeping defense bill because he dislikes a provision that would expose the Iraqi government to expensive lawsuits seeking damages from the Saddam Hussein era.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush to Veto Pentagon Funds Over Iraq Provision
Associated Press:
Bush To Veto Defense Policy Bill
Discussion: Political Machine and Redstate
Jesus H Christ / The Huffington Post:
atrios.blogspot.com(2)  —  Page: 1 2 3 Next › Last » (3 pages total)  —  part frog.  —  The amazing frogman prognosticator.  —  poorotis  —  This is a sure sign the Times are a propaganda organ.  My goodness, this is truly beyond the pale.  —  No more illusions where the NYT is concerned.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vox Popoli
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Kristol To The NYT  —  He's obviously an extremely talented writer …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Dan Gearino / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
New Lee poll: Edwards moves into 3-way tie  —  A new Iowa caucus poll from Lee Enterprises newspapers shows the Democratic race is a virtual three-way tie, with John Edwards rising to tie Barack Obama for the lead and Hillary Clinton rising to just one point behind.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TPM Election Central
ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Dickerson / Slate:
A SNEAK PREVIEW OF JOHN MCCAIN'S SECRET ANTI-ROMNEY AD.  —  On Thursday, Mitt Romney put up a television ad knocking John McCain for not supporting tax cuts and offering amnesty to illegal aliens.  The ad asks “John McCain, an honorable man.  But is he the right Republican for the future?”
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’
Michael Yon:
News flash for Osama bin Laden  —  Here's a news flash for Osama bin Laden, who earlier today released a call " to guerrilla forces in Mesopotamia. “  —  I have directly observed how more and more Iraqis have grown to hate al Qaeda as much as Americans do.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did Biden, Dodd and Edwards Kill Bhutto Too?  —  Obama Campaign Chief Political Strategist David Axelrod  —  What the hell is Obama chief political strategist David Axelrod doing?  —  Nearly all of the major papers and a good slug of blogs have noted with some surprise his comment …
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
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New York Times:
Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence  —  DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico and found himself trying to explain a series of remarks about Pakistanis and their nation.
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's “don't ask” policy  —  As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillary Clinton is taking few chances.  She tells crowds that it's their turn to “pick a president,” but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Dodd unloads on Obama and Clinton
Discussion: The Swamp
Kagro X / Daily Kos:
Bush claims Senate's pro forma sessions don't count  —  That veto George W. Bush threatened of the Defense authorization bill?  The one with the troops' pay raise in it?  —  He hasn't even got the stones to put his signature to it: … That's right, civics fans: Bush is claiming this is a …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser  —  In recent days, Mike Huckabee has tried to answer long-standing questions about who is on his foreign policy team.  On Friday morning, he listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found enough quarters in the couch to get back on TV in Iowa.  —  Actually, it was more like the multiple fundraising emails they've blasted it out over the past few days.  —  They'll be up with “Substance” by tomorrrow in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City.
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Is Ron Paul an Evolution Denier?  Apparently Yes.  —  Remember when three Republican presidential hopefuls raised their hands to declare their disbelief in biological evolution?  Well, we can now add a fourth—Ron Paul.  Republicans seem anxious to prove they are the party of scientific ignoramuses.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Moderate Voice
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love  —  The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  —  Journals  —  This is a bad, vain, dull, repulsive book.  Don't read it.  I didn't.  —  Oops, have I committed the previous sentence to print?  I've just broken the most sacred vow of book reviewers.
 
 
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