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10:05 AM ET, December 28, 2007


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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.
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 …
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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
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 …
Juan Cole / Salon:
With Bhutto gone, does Bush have a Plan B?
Where Bhutto's Death Leaves the U.S.
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 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Bhutto death makes McCain man of the moment  —  URBANDALE, Iowa — John McCain, older than dirt and with more scars than Frankenstein as he likes to say, suddenly wasn't looking so bad.  —  Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated in Pakistan and the political conversation in America had changed.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The Hill
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 …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Iowa Saturated by Political Ads  —  DES MOINES — One week before Iowa kicks off the presidential nomination contest, the campaigns are spending three times as much money flooding the airwaves and the Internet as candidates did in 2004, hoping to sway the huge number of undecided voters after months of on-the-ground appeals.
Discussion: The Swamp, Bloomberg and MSNBC
Marc Ambinder:
Pastors Urged To Caucus By Huckabee Supporters  —  Here's an explicit example of how Mike Huckabee is relying on an outsourced Get-Out-The-Caucusers effort and on the implied support of pastors — under the radar.  —  Pastor Rick Scarborough is hosting a conference call with Iowa pastors …
Megan McArdle:
Taxation and the right of exit  —  The Economist's Free Exchange writes that many higher-earning Danes are voting on its tax regime . . . with their feet: … The numbers don't seem that large, but they come out of Denmark's most valuable human capital; the immigrants flowing the other way tend to be much lower skilled.
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.
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