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3:30 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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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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Matthew Yglesias:
Don't Cry for Me, Pakistan  —  Clearly, political assassinations are a bad thing.
Discussion: The Washington Note and TalkLeft
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  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — John Edwards appears to have risen to a new high point in Iowa, marking an upward trend over the past two weeks that places him in a statistical tie with Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Clinton Battle for Iowa TV Commercial Time Night Before Caucuses  —  Not to be outdone by Sen. Hillary Clinton, ABC News has learned that Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is trying to buy advertising time on the night before the caucuses for a live political commercial to air statewide.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Elizabeth vs. Obama
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Peggy Noonan is a serious “grown-up”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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 …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's surprise 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
Discussion: Debsweb
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.
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.
Deal Hudson / Deal W. Hudson:
THE PROBLEM WITH MITT ROMNEY'S PRO-LIFE CONVERSION  —  The Problem with Mitt Romney's Pro-Life Conversion  —  Mitt Romney, by his own admission, was a pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts.  That changed on November 8, 2004 in his second term during a conversation with Dr. Douglas Melton from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Discussion: The Corner and The Daily Dish
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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.
—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.
Los Angeles Times:
What price Oprah?  —  The popular TV personality helps Barack Obama draw big crowds while her fans fume.  —  WITH less than a week until Iowa's first vote is cast in the 2008 presidential election, the politicians aren't the only ones feeling the heat: Celebrities, who have become important players …
Discussion: Say Anything and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Telegraph:
Text of alleged al-Qa'eda phone call
Discussion: Say Anything
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Anonymous anti-Huck calls into Iowa
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Principle Trumped Partisanship
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
General Petraeus' Year-End Letter To The Troops
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck needs the caucuses to be now (or yesterday)
Discussion: Radio Iowa and TIME
Paul Krugman:
Housing: How far is down?  —  More bad housing news this morning.
TMZ.com:
The Candidates: Then and Now  —  Sam Brownback's '70s afro …
Discussion: Redstate
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HARPER'S LIBELS THE U.S. ARMY WITH AN ANONYMOUS SMEAR
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Bloomberg:
France Bans Smoking in Cafes, Clubs, Rejects Sartre's Gauloises
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Matthew Yglesias:
The Duty to Prevent Revisited
Discussion: Eschaton
E. Scott Reckard / Los Angeles Times:
Defaults moving beyond sub-prime
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Final Fred Thompson Blogburst And Video
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Chances of Gore Endorsement Are Said To Be Fading
Sarah Abruzzese / New York Times:
Military Paper Challenges Defense Dept.