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11:35 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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Washington Post:
Assassination in Pakistan  —  IT IS not known who murdered Benazir Bhutto yesterday, but al-Qaeda and its Islamic extremist allies had by far the most to gain from her death.  A graduate of Harvard and Oxford who was twice elected Pakistan's prime minister, Ms. Bhutto was the most powerful advocate …
Juan Cole / Salon:
With Bhutto gone, does Bush have a Plan B?
Comment is free:
Plan B for Pakistan  —  The US had placed its hopes for Pakistan in Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: Macsmind and Counterterrorism Blog
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron & America's Enemies
Discussion: HillaryClinton.com
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Thousands Mourn Bhutto As Unrest Spreads
Discussion: New York Times
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:
—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.
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
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
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Credit Crisis?  Just Wait for a Replay  —  What if it's not just subprime?  —  As 2007 ends, it seems that the financial world shakes every time a company reveals some new exposure to the disastrous world of subprime mortgage lending.  —  But just how different was subprime lending …
Discussion: Discourse.net
E. Scott Reckard / Los Angeles Times:
Defaults moving beyond sub-prime  —  Joan Olsen, a retired welfare worker, fears she'll join the ranks of the delinquent.  She said she didn't fully understand the loan terms when she refinanced her San Diego condominium 15 months ago with an option ARM.  “I have no one but myself to blame …
Discussion: Eschaton
John Edwards / Boston Globe:
Rallying the middle class  —  I GREW UP in a small, rural town, and my parents didn't have a lot of money.  My mother worked at the post office and my father earned his living in a textile mill.  They worked hard to provide a better life for their children, and they taught me to believe …
 
 
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