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11:55 AM ET, December 28, 2007

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CNN:
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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CNN:
Report: Bomber part of al Qaeda-linked group  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN — The Pakistani Interior Ministry said Friday the suicide bomber who killed Benazir Bhutto has been identified as belonging to a militant group with links to al Qaeda, Pakistan's GEO TV reported.
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 …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Did Bush Risk Bhutto To Save Musharraf?  —  Bhutto mourners: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters  —  With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the general consensus seems to be that the Bush Administration's policies in Pakistan and central Asia are in a shambles, but that has not stopped …
Lynn Sweet:
Obama says, “No, I, I, I, I, I have to, I heard, I heard …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Qaeda Eyed in Slaying of Bhutto
Discussion: Macsmind and The Strata-Sphere
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron & America's Enemies
Discussion: HillaryClinton.com
Comment is free:
Plan B for Pakistan  —  The US had placed its hopes for Pakistan in Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Thousands Mourn Bhutto As Unrest Spreads
Discussion: New York Times and konagod
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Peggy Noonan is a serious “grown-up”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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
—Mf / Monkeyfister:
The 2007 Golden Monkeyfist Awards...  Finally!  —  The big awards are here, and I am ever humbled by the incredible lot of excellent consonant-level, unsung, Progressive blogs out there.  I honestly wish that I had time for more awards, but, we all have real jobs, and only so much time in a day to read new blogs.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Stem cell, contraception groups paid Huck  —  Mike Huckabee last year accepted $52,000 in speaking fees from a bio-tech giant that wants to research human embryonic stem cells, a non-profit working to expand access to the morning after pill and a group pushing to study whether tightening gun control laws will reduce violence.
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.
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 …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Iowa Saturated by Political Ads
Discussion: The Swamp, Bloomberg and MSNBC
 
 
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