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2:23 AM ET, December 28, 2007

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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Huckabee Reaction to Bhutto Assassination  —  From CBS News' Nancy Cordes"  —  ORLANDO, FLA. — With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of …
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Ron Paul Blames US Policy for Bhutto Killing  —  Ron Paul blames the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on the “interventionist” policy of the United States, and says Al Qaeda is justified in being “annoyed” at us.  (Click the picture for the video.)
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Benazir Bhutto  —  A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden.  —  Aspirants to the American presidency should hope to score so highly in the United States.  In Pakistan, though, the al-Qaeda emir easily beat out that country's current president, Pervez Musharraf, who polled at 38 percent.
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
John Edwards talked to Musharraf regarding Bhutto  —  Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards talked with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf early this afternoon (Iowa time).  Here's Edwards talking about the situation (mp3 runs 2 minuates)  —  Henderson: “In regards to the situation …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HORSE RACE  —  The leading Dem candidates for president appear to be in a pitched battle to make the most craven and insipid uses of the Bhutto assassination for immediate political advantage.  A true horse race.
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Flubs A Pakistan Question  —  CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes writes about Mike Huckabee's newser in Orlando, FL today: … It's not the mistake itself that will raise eyebrowses — it's Huckabee's lack of intellectual ease, his lack of felicity, with foreign policy at a critical moment when everyone is paying attention.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Axelrod on Bhutto Assassination  —  From TIME's Jay Newton-Small:  —  David Axelrod, Barack Obama's top strategist, told reporters after the speech that Clinton will not benefit from a renewed conversation about foreign policy in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
BENAZIR BHUTTO, 1953-2007.  —  The sternest critic of Benazir Bhutto would not have been able to deny that she possessed an extraordinary degree of physical courage.  When her father was lying in prison under sentence of death from Pakistan's military dictatorship in 1979 …
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama advisor links Clinton vote and Bhutto death?  —  Top Obama adviser says war in Iraq (and Clinton's support of it) contributes to instability in Pakistan.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — In comments to reporters after Barack Obama's first speech Thursday, his chief strategist David Axelrod seemed …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Adviser: Bhutto Assassination Reminds Us That Hillary Made Wrong Call On Iraq War  —  Okay, the battling among Dems over how the Bhutto assassination will affect the Dem primary is officially underway.  Today after Barack Obama's closing argument speech in Iowa, Obama adviser David …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Critics jump on Huckabee Pakistan gaffe  —  December 27, 2007 by CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney  —  Watch Huckabee react to Bhutto's death.  —  (CNN) - Mike Huckabee - whose foreign policy credentials have been under a microscope since he admitted to journalists that he was unaware …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   Pakistan and the Candidates  —  Mike Huckabee, in his Foreign …
Gail Sheehy / PARADE Magazine:   ‘A Wrong Must Be Righted’
New York Times:
Bhutto Assassinated in Attack on Rally
New York Times:
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CNN:
Bhutto took on risks in life
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama runs even with Clinton in two key states  —  A new Times/Bloomberg Poll finds them statistically tied in New Hampshire and in a three-way race with Edwards in Iowa.  GOP's Huckabee has a big lead in Iowa but trails Romney by a wide margin up north.  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Obama Even With Hillary In NH; Top Three Dems Tied In Iowa …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a UNuch can't  —  This is a waste of a perfectly good ficticious super hero. … The UN has to resort to fiction to bolster its image because a book about the UN doing any good would by definition have to be a work of fiction.
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Lee Harris / TCS Daily:
Revisiting the Stupid Party  —  The nineteenth century English philosopher John Stuart Mill bequeathed to modern conservatism a lasting inferiority complex when he dismissed the conservatives of his day as “the stupid party."  No one likes to be called stupid, as we can all agree …
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Yes, Lieberman helps McCain - but not how you think  —  Be Our Guest  —  When Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman broke ranks with his party (for the umpteenth time) and endorsed his old friend John McCain for President last week, pundits seemed to agree on one thing: Lieberman would help the Arizona senator appeal to independents.
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