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11:05 AM ET, December 28, 2007


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Washington Post:
Bhutto's Assassination Deals Blow to U.S. Goal for Pakistan  —  The assassination today of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is a major blow to the U.S. goal of stabilizing Pakistan, a volatile ally with nuclear weapons that has served as a frontline against extremism since the Sept. 11 …
Officials: Al Qaeda claims it killed Bhutto  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Thursday citing an alleged claim of responsibility by al Qaeda for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, a DHS official told CNN.
Sweetness & Light:
Hillary: I've Know Mrs. Bhutto Many Years  —  From a campaign press release: … She just can't help herself: … Sure she did.  —  From Hillary's (ghostwritten) autobiography, Living History, pp 322-4: … That's it.  An official luncheon and a little “private conversation” afterwards.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron & America's Enemies  —  Derb, your first two questions really have nothing to do with my response to your earlier post.  I am unaware of anyone who argues that foreign policy should not be a subject for debate, including our policy.  I debate it here on occasion myself.
Saeed Shah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Attendee at Bhutto rally: ‘There was pandemonium’  —  RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — It was on the drive out of the downtown park that the assassin fired the fatal bullets at Benazir Bhutto.  —  The election rally had been long and lackluster, but on viewing the crowd gathered at the gates of Liaquat Bagh park …
Comment is free:
Plan B for Pakistan  —  The US had placed its hopes for Pakistan in Benazir Bhutto.  Now it must prevent her death from becoming a victory for al-Qaida  —  The closing scene of Benazir Bhutto's life had a shocking aura of inevitability.  The identity of the motorbike-riding assassin …
Discussion: Macsmind and Counterterrorism Blog
Juan Cole / Salon:
With Bhutto gone, does Bush have a Plan B?
Griff Witte / Washington Post:   Thousands Mourn Bhutto As Unrest Spreads
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Legacy of Benazir Bhutto
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Be Reasonable  —  As Iowa sizes up the candidates, so do I.  —  By next week politically active Iowans will have met and tallied their votes.  Their decision this year will have a huge impact on the 2008 election, and a decisive impact on various candidacies.  Some will be done in.  Some will be made.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Peggy Noonan is a serious “grown-up”  —  In her Wall St. Journal column today, Peggy Noonan offers up a Santa-like checklist of which presidential candidates are “reasonable” and which ones aren't.  In describing the attributes that Americans want in a President, she says: “I claim here to speak for thousands, millions.”
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama catches Clinton in N.H.; Iowa remains a 3-way contest  —  ELIMINATING THE GAP: Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in Des Moines.  Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the election season.  He is in a virtual three-way tie for the lead in Iowa …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Iowa Saturated by Political Ads
Discussion: The Swamp, Bloomberg and MSNBC
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama runs even with Clinton in two key states
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trouble With Trade  —  While the United States has long imported oil and other raw materials from the third world, we used to import manufactured goods mainly from other rich countries like Canada, European nations and Japan.  —  But recently we crossed an important watershed …
New York Times:
Under Attack, Drug Maker Turned to Giuliani for Help  —  In western Virginia, far from the limelight, United States Attorney John L. Brownlee found himself on the telephone last year with a political and legal superstar, Rudolph W. Giuliani.  —  For years, Mr. Brownlee and his small team …
Sarah Abruzzese / New York Times:
Military Paper Challenges Defense Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — Top editors at the military newspaper Stars and Stripes are asking for full disclosure of the paper's relationship with a Department of Defense publicity program, called America Supports You, after disclosures that money for the program was funneled through the newspaper.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Romenesko
John Edwards / Boston Globe:
Rallying the middle class  —  I GREW UP in a small, rural town, and my parents didn't have a lot of money.  My mother worked at the post office and my father earned his living in a textile mill.  They worked hard to provide a better life for their children, and they taught me to believe …
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's “don't ask” policy  —  As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillary Clinton is taking few chances.  She tells crowds that it's their turn to “pick a president,” but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions.
E. Scott Reckard / Los Angeles Times:
Defaults moving beyond sub-prime  —  Joan Olsen, a retired welfare worker, fears she'll join the ranks of the delinquent.  She said she didn't fully understand the loan terms when she refinanced her San Diego condominium 15 months ago with an option ARM.  “I have no one but myself to blame …
Discussion: Eschaton
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