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12:00 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 …
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 killed in attack  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack at a campaign rally that also killed at least 20 others, aides said.  —  Bhutto's supporters erupted in anger and grief after her death …
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.
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.
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.
The Politico:
Bhutto killing rocks '08 trail
CNN Political Ticker:
Presidential candidates react to Bhutto
Discussion: The Swamp
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bhutto Rally Hit By Suicide Bomber Again (Update: Bhutto Dead)
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Telegraph
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Giuliani, Others Quickly React to Bhutto's Death
The Corner:
Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan had a mad recklessness …
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
Aryn Baker / Time:
Making a Martyr of Bhutto
Discussion: Firedoglake
Pakistan's Bhutto Assassinated in Attack at Rally
Discussion: My Left Wing and Noblesse Oblige
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack
Discussion: ORDOVICIUS
Frank James / The Swamp:   Pakistan's Bhutto killed, throwing US ally into chaos
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 …
Robert Novak / Human Events:
GOP's Last Man Standing
Discussion: Washington Times
David Yepsen / Des Moines Register:
3rd place: Disaster or boost, depending on party
Discussion: Washington Post and MSNBC
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 …
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: Captain's Quarters and The Page
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The End of the Primary's Holiday From History  —  The past three months have seen an odd turn in the presidential primary process in both parties — a turn away from the key issues confronting the United States and toward emotional and social vapor.  The success of the surge in Iraq …
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 …
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 …
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