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7:00 PM ET, December 29, 2007

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Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: The New York Times ‘Should Be Prosecuted,’ 'It Isn't A First-Rate Newspaper'  —  For years, Bill Kristol has been at the forefront of a vitriolic right-wing crusade against the New York Times.  Sadly, the Times has chosen to reward him for it.  —  After the New York Times …
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Matthew Yglesias:
All's Well  —  When I heard that Bill Kristol was leaving Time I got seriously worried about the state of the world.  After all, everyone knows that conservative pundits don't get held accountable for saying tons and tons of wrong stuff — that's not how it works.
CNN:
Bhutto exhumation okay, Pakistan official says  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistani government has no problem with officials from Benazir Bhutto's political party exhuming the slain opposition leader's body if they see a need to do so, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
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Washington Post:
The Pakistan Test  —  Some presidential candidates show they can respond quickly to a foreign policy crisis.  Some flunk or foul.  —  THE ASSASSINATION of Benazir Bhutto presented U.S. presidential candidates with a test: Could they respond cogently and clearly to a sudden foreign policy crisis?
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Remarks on Pakistan Are Tailing Huckabee  —  In discussing the volatile situation in Pakistan, Mike Huckabee has made several erroneous or misleading statements at a time when he has been under increasing scrutiny from fellow presidential candidates for a lack of fluency in foreign policy issues.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY....In October, David Brooks …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Huckabee Slipping  —  WASHINGTON — While public polls show Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney in Iowa, a new survey of an oversized sample shows Huckabee slipping and no longer ahead of Romney.  —  A private corporate interest commissioned a phone bank survey of 15,000 Iowans …
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New York Times:
Days Before Voting, Gloves Come Off  —  DES MOINES — In the last weekend before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican presidential candidates are bloodying the field with a blizzard of negative attacks, showing the strains of a wide-open and unpredictable race.
New York Times:   Candidates Digging for a Deeper Pool of Iowa Voters
Washington Post:
Romney Eyes Huckabee Lead
Redstate:
“Hello.  My name is Jill Lawrence.  I'm a jealous harpy and I hate Fred Thompson because he does not bow down to me.”  —  JILL LAWRENCE PULLS A ROGER SIMON  —  By now we should all be familiar with Roger Simon's stunt.  Fred Thompson, failing to bow down before Roger Simon …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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USA Today:
Thompson: Doesn't like campaign process, ‘will not be devastated’ if he loses  —  Bill Theobald of Gannett News Service has been following Republican Fred Thompson around Iowa.  In a dispatch today from Burlington, Bill quotes the former Tennessee senator as saying he doesn't like modern campaigning …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
James Pindell / Boston Globe:
Paul: Fox News is ‘scared of me’  —  PLAISTOW, N.H. — Ron Paul said the decision to exclude him from a debate on Fox News Sunday the weekend before the New Hampshire Primary is proof that the network “is scared” of him.  —  “They are scared of me and don't want my message to get out …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Because Oil Companies And Pizza Hut Couldn't Afford It  —  I've figured out how to get conservatives and liberals together on the issue of pork.  All we need to do is show how earmarks put money in the pockets of a progressive bete noir, and if possible, throw in a dash of Congressional cluelessness.
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Aaron Keith Harris / xeniagazette.1upmonitor.com:   Hobson helps make gas station a reality
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S DUMBEST LEGAL ARGUMENTS OF THE YEAR.  —  This time last year, I offered up a top 10 list of the most appalling civil-liberties violations by the Bush administration in 2006.  The grim truth is, not much has changed.  The Bush administration continues to limit our basic freedoms …
UPI:
Vatican denies exorcist expansion  —  The Vatican is denying reports it plans to install more exorcists around the world so possessed people can get help quickly.  —  “Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Invisible Blogger  —  The sidewalks of Harlem's main thoroughfares are wide and inviting, and in the 1960s the kids playing “boxball” shared the asphalt squares with some of the greatest orators in creation.  The most famous spot for speechifying was the “Speakers' Corner” …
Jim Himes / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Jim Himes  —  (Jim Himes is running against Chris Shays in CT-04.  Please welcome him in the comments, and you can make a valuable end-of-quarter contribution to his campaign here — the goal is 500 contributors by Monday night, so even $5 would be great! — jh)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
 
 
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Poor Iranian Regime Falls Victim To Pwning
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Scott Ott / A Townhall.com user blog:
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Patrick Smith / NYT:
The Airport Security Follies
Washington Wire:
Eeeeek! Romney and the Screamer
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama robocall: HRC's ‘misleading attacks’
Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:
Edwards pledges not to hire lobbyists
Discussion: The Trail
Reza Aslan / Washington Post:
He Could Care Less About Obama's Story
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Texas Prosecutor Apologizes for Messages to His Secretary
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Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. and Iraqi commanders hail security
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Torture — what's it good for?  —  One little post …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:
A Milestone in Iraq You Won't See in the Paper
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Millions in Earmarks Purchase Little of Use
Associated Press:
Girl won Hannah Montana tickets with fake essay
Michelle Malkin:
Impeachment Watch: Extreme BDS in Vermont
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto
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