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10:05 PM ET, December 27, 2007


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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Huckabee Reaction to Bhutto Assassination  —  From CBS News' Nancy Cordes"  —  ORLANDO, FLA. — With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of …
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 …
Little Green Footballs:
Ron Paul Blames US Policy for Bhutto Killing  —  Ron Paul blames the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on the “interventionist” policy of the United States, and says Al Qaeda is justified in being “annoyed” at us.  (Click the picture for the video.)
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Flubs A Pakistan Question  —  CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes writes about Mike Huckabee's newser in Orlando, FL today: … It's not the mistake itself that will raise eyebrowses — it's Huckabee's lack of intellectual ease, his lack of felicity, with foreign policy at a critical moment when everyone is paying attention.
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
John Edwards talked to Musharraf regarding Bhutto  —  Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards talked with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf early this afternoon (Iowa time).  Here's Edwards talking about the situation (mp3 runs 2 minuates)  —  Henderson: “In regards to the situation …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Axelrod on Bhutto Assassination  —  From TIME's Jay Newton-Small:  —  David Axelrod, Barack Obama's top strategist, told reporters after the speech that Clinton will not benefit from a renewed conversation about foreign policy in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HORSE RACE  —  The leading Dem candidates for president appear to be in a pitched battle to make the most craven and insipid uses of the Bhutto assassination for immediate political advantage.  A true horse race.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Critics jump on Huckabee Pakistan gaffe  —  December 27, 2007 by CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney  —  Watch Huckabee react to Bhutto's death.  —  (CNN) - Mike Huckabee - whose foreign policy credentials have been under a microscope since he admitted to journalists that he was unaware …
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama advisor links Clinton vote and Bhutto death?  —  Top Obama adviser says war in Iraq (and Clinton's support of it) contributes to instability in Pakistan.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — In comments to reporters after Barack Obama's first speech Thursday, his chief strategist David Axelrod seemed …
Discussion: The Trail
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Adviser: Bhutto Assassination Reminds Us That Hillary …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and The Politico
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Wonkette and TVNewser
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Huckabee Apologizes for Bhutto's Assassination
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Flopping Aces
The Corner:
No Time for Illusions  —  Andy McCarthy gets it.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama runs even with Clinton in two key states  —  A new Times/Bloomberg Poll finds them statistically tied in New Hampshire and in a three-way race with Edwards in Iowa.  GOP's Huckabee has a big lead in Iowa but trails Romney by a wide margin up north.  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama …
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:   Update: New L.A. Times/Bloomberg Poll now up
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Yes, Lieberman helps McCain - but not how you think  —  Be Our Guest  —  When Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman broke ranks with his party (for the umpteenth time) and endorsed his old friend John McCain for President last week, pundits seemed to agree on one thing: Lieberman would help the Arizona senator appeal to independents.
Discussion: MyDD, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Fred off the air in Iowa, for now  —  When I got a generic fundraising email “from” Fred Thompson campaign manager Bill Lacy last night offering “a quick update” on their efffort to get “on the air statewide in Iowa” I didn't take it literally.  —  I should have.  —  Fred has gone dark in Iowa.
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Three-Way Brawl  —  One week to go and while almost anything …
Discussion: The Corner
Matthew Yglesias:
The Tough Guys  —  Obviously, I have no idea who in the US would benefit politically from a worsening situation in Pakistan.  Unlike others, I won't even pretend to know.  A different question is who deserves to benefit.  That'd be whoever has the most sensible ideas about Pakistan.  Who's that?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jon Swift:
Best Blog Posts of 2007 (Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves)  —  Just as nobody anticipated the levees breaking in New Orleans, according to President Bush, I don't think anybody anticipated the overwhelming response I would get when I asked the members of my very extensive and eclectic blogroll …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Deadlocked in Iowa  —  Political Wire got a sneak peek at the latest Strategic Vision (R) poll from Iowa that shows both the Republican and Democratic presidential races essentially tied.  —  For Democrats, it's Obama at 30%, Clinton at 29% and Edwards at 28%.
Discussion: MyDD
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