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8:30 PM ET, December 28, 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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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?  —  Edwards Criticizes Rivals as the Campaign in Iowa Enters the Home Stretch  —  “And unfortunately,” Edwards continued in his speech, turning his sights to Obama, “nobody who thinks we can just sit down and talk them into compromise is going to bring change either.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did Biden, Dodd and Edwards Kill Bhutto Too?
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Line: Unforeseen Events Intrude
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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Yahoo! News:
Pak govt reveals how Benazir was killed
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
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.
Discussion: TigerHawk, IraqPundit and Flopping Aces
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
New bin Laden Video on Islamic State of Iraq (Update: bin Laden MURDERED?)  —  A banner on jihad websites yesterday announced that as Sahab video, the propaganda arm of al Qaeda in Pakistan/Afghanistan, will soon be releasing a message from Osama bin Laden.  —  The title of the message indicates …
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: The Daily Dish and Vox Popoli
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”
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Rudy Surrogate: “I Don't Subscribe To The Principle That There …
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.
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.”
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 …
Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters yesterday that the department favors the idea of Pakistan going ahead with planned elections in the next few weeks “as the best way, as the president said, to honor former Prime Minister Bhutto's memory."  —  Hurting morale
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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Little Green Footballs:   Pentagon Reaching Out to the Wrong People
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi, Reid, Huckabee, Obama Among Nation's “Most Corrupt”  —  Judicial Watch has named its ten most corrupt political figures of 2007, and the list may surprise.  It includes a number of very well-known politicians who have received little attention for their questionable business deals.
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.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Be Reasonable  —  As Iowa sizes up the candidates, so do I.  —  By next week politically active Iowans will have met and tallied their votes.  Their decision this year will have a huge impact on the 2008 election, and a decisive impact on various candidacies.  Some will be done in.  Some will be made.
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Get This Man A Map!  —  watch Huckabee say “eastern border” on MSNBC.
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Census Bureau: Red States Gaining at Expense of Blue
Agence France Presse:
Clinton demands international Bhutto probe
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers
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Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Is Ron Paul an Evolution Denier? Apparently Yes.
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