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7:05 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Yahoo! News:
Pak govt reveals how Benazir was killed
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 Open Left
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Not Your Average Harvard Feminist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's veto of defense bill  —  At the behest of the Iraqi government, President Bush has vetoed 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
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
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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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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards offers a 527 letter, too
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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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Clinton Battle for Iowa TV Commercial Time Night Before Caucuses
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser  —  In recent days, Mike Huckabee has tried to answer long-standing questions about who is on his foreign policy team.  On Friday morning, he listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”
Discussion: TownHall Blog
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love  —  The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  —  Journals  —  This is a bad, vain, dull, repulsive book.  Don't read it.  I didn't.  —  Oops, have I committed the previous sentence to print?  I've just broken the most sacred vow of book reviewers.
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
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
 
 
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Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi, Reid, Huckabee, Obama Among Nation's “Most Corrupt”
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