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10:55 AM ET, December 27, 2007

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CNN:
Report: Bhutto killed in attack  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide attack, according to media reports.  —  Geo TV quoted her husband saying the politician had died following a bullet wound in the neck.
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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 …
MSNBC:
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 …
Associated Press:
Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated at rally  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.  —  The death of the 54-year-old charismatic former prime minister threw …
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.
Discussion: Dodgeblogium and Classical Values
ABCNEWS:
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Blog P.I.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan and linchpin of a post-Musharraf U.S. strategy in the turbulent South Asian country, was assassinated today in Rawalpindi. … The most likely culprit is the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Benazir Bhutto assassinated at political rally in Pakistan
Discussion: Rantburg
BBC:
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack
Discussion: ORDOVICIUS
The Corner:
Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan had a mad recklessness …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
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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
Associated Press:
With primaries looming, uncertainty reigns over GOP slate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Dig beneath the surface of the raucous Republican presidential race and you will find even deeper turmoil: Four in 10 GOP voters have switched candidates in the past month alone, and nearly two-thirds say they may change their minds again.
Discussion: Political Machine and Pollster.com
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Byron York / The Corner:
Bhutto: Domestic Political Fallout
Discussion: BobKrumm.com
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 …
Stephanie Abrams / National and Local Weather …:
The Weather Channel Blog  —  I would like to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!  I hope your 2008 is healthy and exciting!  —  The weather has been active as of late and some spots are piling up the snow!  —  Denver's Christmas Record  —  The mile high city set a Christmas day snowfall record.
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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: A Blog For All and All Spin Zone
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Ynetnews:
Israeli nearly lynched in Ramallah
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Yourish.com
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 …
Leslie Bennetts / Vanity Fair:
First Lady in Waiting  —  Who needs a warm-up campaign?  Having scaled down her career to support her husband's political goals, Michelle Obama says “it's now or never” for the couple to take the White House.  As Barack gathers momentum, Michelle speaks candidly about America's need for change …
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.
 
 
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