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9:40 AM ET, December 27, 2007


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Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated  —  Suicide bomber kills opposition leader, at least 20 others at rally  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said.
Washington Post:
Bhutto Killed at Political Rally  —  Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday at a political rally, two months after she returned from eight years of exile to attempt a political comeback, officials said.  —  Bhutto was shot at close range as she was leaving …
New York Times:
Bhutto Assassinated in Attack on Rally  —  RAWALPINDI, Islamabad — An attack on a political rally killed the Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto near the capital, Islamabad, Thursday.  Witnesses said Ms. Bhutto was fired upon before the blast, and an official from her party said Ms. Bhutto …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Prairie Weather
Sky News:
Benazir Bhutto Killed In Attack  —  Pakistan Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide attack at a political rally.  —  “At 6.16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party at Rawalpindi General Hospital.  —  “She has been martyred,” said party offical Rehman Malik.
Yahoo! News:
Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated in attack  —  AP - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said.
Benazir Bhutto Killed in Pakistan Explosion  —  Benazir Bhutto Killed in Explosion Near Rally  —  Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto waves to her supporters during an election campaign rally in Hassan Abdal, 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Islamabad, 26 December 2007.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
For McCain, It Could Be State of Resurgence  —  Wide-Open Caucuses Offer Hope To a Candidate Who Has Lagged  —  A jet carrying Sen. John McCain of Arizona touched down Wednesday evening on Iowa's western border, marking a remarkable comeback for the veteran politician and opening another intriguing narrative …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Holiday Cheer Gives Way to Final Primary Push in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — After a 48-hour lull for Christmas, the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns roared back to life on Wednesday with a barrage of new advertisements, closing campaign arguments and more than a few attacks …
Discussion: MSNBC
Washington Post:
Democrats Enter Stretch in Iowa
Discussion: New York Times, MSNBC and The Politico
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:   Is This McCain's Moment?  —  Sen. John McCain, given up for dead …
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
McCain and Huckabee form alliance against Romney
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee adopts new tone on immigration  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Hispanic activists who viewed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a voice of moderation on illegal immigration say they've been taken aback by the hard-line stance he's adopted as a presidential candidate.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Bridging 4 Decades, a Large, Close-Knit Brood
Discussion: Washington Times
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65 in Retiree Plans  —  WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare.  —  The policy, set forth in a new regulation …
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Terrorists' new mission: Protect President Bush  —  Most active West Bank militant group in security team for Middle East visit  —  JERUSALEM - Members of the most active West Bank terror organization are set to participate in security forces being deployed to protect President Bush during …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Israeli nearly lynched in Ramallah
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Biden talks up an Iowa upset  —  DES MOINES - - Joe Biden is talking.  “Barack does a room, Hillary does a room, I do the same room and I win,” he says.  “I have absolute confidence in that.  The question is: Do I get in enough rooms?"  —  Biden is sitting at a table in a Starbucks …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Wall Street Journal:
Pace of Decline In Home Prices Sets a Record  —  A closely watched gauge of U.S. home prices shows they are falling sharply across most of the nation, as a deepening slump in the housing market threatens to damp consumer spending.  —  Home prices in 10 major metropolitan areas in October …
Stephen Bernard / Associated Press:   October Home Prices Post Record Decline
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Speaker's Grand Illusion  —  Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats Need to Get Real About What They've Accomplished  —  After one year of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, public approval ratings for Congress have sunk below their level when Republicans were still in control.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Edwards Campaign May Have Expected Union Group Plan  —  DES MOINES — In the final days before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, John Edwards has stepped up his criticism of outside organizations that spend money to influence elections, repeatedly disavowing a labor group that is blanketing Iowa with commercials supporting his candidacy.
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