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1:15 PM ET, December 27, 2007


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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Pakistan's Bhutto killed in attack  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up.  Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.
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.
The Politico:
Bhutto killing rocks '08 trail  —  This morning's assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto brought an instant seriousness to the 2008 presidential race, at a stage in the cycle that can be dominated by trivial charges and cheap stunts.  —  Bloody images of Pakistan in turmoil …
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.
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Bhutto Adviser: Musharraf Is To Blame  —  A longtime adviser and close friend of assassinated Pakistani ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto places blame for Bhutto's death squarely on the shoulders of U.S.-supported dictator Pervez Musharraf.  —  After an October attack on Bhutto's life in Karachi …
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 …
Benazir Bhutto Killed in Pakistan Explosion
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Giuliani, Others Quickly React to Bhutto's Death
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: President Bush reacts to Benazir Bhutto's assassination
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Isaac Kfir / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: The killings of Bhutto
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Redstate
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack
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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.
Atrios / Eschaton:
This Is Good News For Rudy Giuliani
Robert Novak / Human Events:
GOP's Last Man Standing  —  Sen. John McCain, given up for dead a few weeks ago as he ran a cash-starved, disorganized campaign, today is viewed by canny Republican professionals as the best bet to win the party's presidential nomination.  What's more, they consider him their most realistic prospect …
Discussion: Washington Times
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.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Biden talks up an Iowa upset  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — 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 …
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 …
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