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12:40 AM ET, December 29, 2007

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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'?  —  Edwards Criticizes Rivals as the Campaign in Iowa Enters the Home Stretch  —  In a wide-ranging, free-wheeling interview with Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards with ABC News Friday afternoon, the former North Carolina senator labeled …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Dodd unloads on Obama and Clinton  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Chris Dodd is a warm and friendly guy, a charmer, a hail fellow well met.  But when he hits you, he wants to raise a bruise.  —  And he hit both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at an afternoon rally at his headquarters Friday, less than a week before the Iowa caucus.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Gen. Clark on Obama's Attack on Hillary  —  Gen. Wesley Clark today: … Here's another tidbit of information.  On December 12, 2007, Katie Couric asked the candidates which country frightened them the most.  Barack Obama answered “Iran."  Hillary answered “Pakistan."  From the transcript (available on Lexis.com):
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did Biden, Dodd and Edwards Kill Bhutto Too?
ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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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Agence France Presse:
Clinton demands international Bhutto probe  —  Hillary Clinton Friday called for an independent, international probe into Benazir Bhutto's murder, as turmoil wracking US anti-terror ally Pakistan reshaped debate in the White House race.  —  The Democratic front-runner weighed into the crisis …
Munir Ahmad / Associated Press:
Pakistan: Bhutto Died of Skull Fracture … ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Benazir Bhutto died from a skull fracture suffered when her head slammed against her car during a suicide attack—not from bullet wounds, the government said Friday.  —  Pakistan's interior minister blamed al-Qaida …
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’
Discussion: New York Times and The Politico
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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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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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.
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 …
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George W. Bush / White House:
Memorandum of Disapproval  —  Fact Sheet: National Defense …
Discussion: Group News Blog and Prometheus 6
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.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Not Your Average Harvard Feminist  —  In a statement, a preview of which was made exclusive to NRO, Serrin Foster, head of the group Feminists for Life, mourns the death of Benazir Bhutto, who she calls “an international advocate for women and children, born and unborn, especially those in developing countries.”
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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