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5:40 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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Yahoo! News:
Pak govt reveals how Benazir was killed  —  New Delhi: Mystery shrouds the death of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.  In an explosive revelation, Pakistan's Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz on Friday said that Bhutto did not die of bullet wounds.  —  Nawaz said that Bhutto died from a head injury.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: NOT WHAT SHE SEEMED TO BE  —  FOR the next several days, you're going to read and hear a great deal of pious nonsense in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.  —  Her country's better off without her.
Lynn Sweet:
Obama says, “No, I, I, I, I, I have to, I heard, I heard, I don't need it, I don't need to hear what you read because I was, I overheard it when he said it."  —  DES MOINES, IA.—The Obama campaign faced a distraction on Thursday after some news outlets ran stories suggesting chief Obama …
Munir Ahmad / Associated Press:
Pakistan: Bhutto Died of Skull Fracture
Discussion: The Corner and Vox Popoli
Matthew Yglesias:
Don't Cry for Me, Pakistan  —  Clearly, political assassinations are a bad thing.
Discussion: The Washington Note and TalkLeft
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Not Your Average Harvard Feminist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Dan Gearino / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
New Lee poll: Edwards moves into 3-way tie  —  A new Iowa caucus poll from Lee Enterprises newspapers shows the Democratic race is a virtual three-way tie, with John Edwards rising to tie Barack Obama for the lead and Hillary Clinton rising to just one point behind.
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards reaches new heights in Iowa
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Clinton Battle for Iowa TV Commercial Time Night Before Caucuses
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Agence France Presse:
Clinton demands international Bhutto probe
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Politico
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's veto of defense bill  —  At the behest of the Iraqi government, President Bush will veto the annual defense authorization bill, saying an obscure provision in the legislation could make Iraqi assets held in U.S. banks vulnerable to lawsuits.
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David Stout / New York Times:
Bush to Veto Pentagon Funds Over Iraq Provision
Associated Press:
Bush To Veto Defense Policy Bill
Discussion: Political Machine and Redstate
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.
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John Dickerson / Slate:
A SNEAK PREVIEW OF JOHN MCCAIN'S SECRET ANTI-ROMNEY AD.  —  On Thursday, Mitt Romney put up a television ad knocking John McCain for not supporting tax cuts and offering amnesty to illegal aliens.  The ad asks “John McCain, an honorable man.  But is he the right Republican for the future?”
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Michael Yon:
News flash for Osama bin Laden  —  Here's a news flash for Osama bin Laden, who earlier today released a call " to guerrilla forces in Mesopotamia. “  —  I have directly observed how more and more Iraqis have grown to hate al Qaeda as much as Americans do.
Discussion: IraqPundit, TigerHawk and Flopping Aces
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Giuliani Campaign Official: Rudy Is The Only Candidate Who Can Chase “The Muslims"..."Back Into Their Caves"  —  From the Guardian UK via TPM: (h/t SteveAudio)  —  Winning hearts and minds the world over...  John Deady, Co-Chair for New Hampshire's Veterans for Rudy:
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New York Times:
Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence  —  DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico and found himself trying to explain a series of remarks about Pakistanis and their nation.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi, Reid, Huckabee, Obama Among Nation's “Most Corrupt”  —  Judicial Watch has named its ten most corrupt political figures of 2007, and the list may surprise.  It includes a number of very well-known politicians who have received little attention for their questionable business deals.
Bloomberg:
France Bans Smoking in Cafes, Clubs, Rejects Sartre's Gauloises  —  Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — France bans smoking in cafes, hotels and clubs on Jan. 1, stamping out the habit popularized by Jean- Paul Sartre puffing Gauloises in hazy brasseries.  —  In Germany, 11 of the country's 16 states plan similar restrictions for 2008.
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Telegraph:
Text of alleged al-Qa'eda phone call  —  Pakistan has blamed al-Qa'eda for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.  —  Here is a translation of the transcript of the alleged telephone conversation from senior al-Qa'eda leader Baitullah Mehsud to another militant said to have been intercepted after the assassination.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, QandO and Say Anything
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found enough quarters in the couch to get back on TV in Iowa.  —  Actually, it was more like the multiple fundraising emails they've blasted it out over the past few days.  —  They'll be up with “Substance” by tomorrrow in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City.
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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