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7:15 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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and MyDD
The Blotter:
U.S. Checking al Qaeda Claim of Killing Bhutto  —  Brian Ross, Richard Esposito & R. Schwartz Report:  —  While al Qaeda is considered by the U.S. to be a likely suspect in the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Banazir Bhutto, U.S. intelligence officials say they cannot confirm …
National Review:
After Bhutto  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi Thursday.  National Review Online asked a group of experts on the region to gauge what her murder means for her country.  —  JONATHAN FOREMAN  —  I was in Islamabad, Pakistan …
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.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Joe Scarborough: Bhutto Assassination Helps Rudy And Hillary  —  It's the predictability of this stuff that can sometimes get to you.  Here's NBC's Joe Scarborough saying — already! — that Bhutto's assassination helps Rudy and Hillary:  —  As Atrios says, the logic is very tortured here indeed.
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 …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama advisor links Clinton vote and Bhutto death?  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — In comments to reporters after Barack Obama's first speech Thursday, his chief strategist David Axelrod seemed to link Hillary Clinton's vote on Iraq and the death of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister.
Discussion: The Trail and Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Richardson: We Must Force Musharraf Out Of Power  —  At one point, I considered Bill Richardson the most prepared Democrat for the Presidency, based on his extensive experience in foreign relations, Congress, and the executive branch.  That experience doesn't do much good without common sense …
Discussion: Althouse and The Radio Equalizer
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Adviser: Bhutto Assassination Reminds Us That Hillary …
Discussion: The Politico and Horses Mouth
Little Green Footballs:   Ron Paul Blames US Policy for Bhutto Killing
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Bhutto  —  Benazir Bhutto with Hillary …
Discussion: The Trail
A.J. Rossmiller / AMERICAblog:   Initial policy implications of Bhutto assassination
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Backer Bayh: Assassination Reminds Us That If We Don't …
Discussion: MSNBC, TalkLeft and Open Left
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Benazir Bhutto  —  A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent …
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Pakistan Crisis For Dummies
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.
Discussion: The Page and
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Three-Way Brawl  —  One week to go and while almost anything …
Discussion: The Corner
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 and Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: Jonah Goldberg on Hillary, Huckabee, and Liberal Fascism  —  It's sure to make a splash, and it's already got some left bloggers in a tizzy even though it doesn't come out until next week.  It's Jonah Goldberg's new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left …
Discussion: Hot Air and Confederate Yankee
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