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12:30 PM 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: Washington Post
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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.
Washington Post:
Bhutto's Assassination Deals Blow to U.S. Goal for Pakistan
Lynn Sweet:
Obama says, “No, I, I, I, I, I have to, I heard, I heard …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Seize on Killing
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
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Bhutto's long and tangled list of enemies
Comment is free:
Plan B for Pakistan  —  The US had placed its hopes for Pakistan in Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
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 …
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.
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards reaches new heights in Iowa  —  DES MOINES - John Edwards appears to have risen to a new highpoint in Iowa, marking an upward trend over the past two weeks that places him in a statistical tie with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  —  A new Strategic Vision poll released Friday finds …
Discussion: The Swamp, Political Machine and TIME
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Elizabeth vs. Obama
Discussion: The Swamp
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama catches Clinton in N.H.; Iowa remains a 3-way contest
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
And If The Devil Rays Win the Next 18 World Series, Their Reputation as an Organization Will Be Greatly Enhanced  —  As I've said before, nothing signals a Must To Avoid more than a positive book review that describes an unreadable book.  Such is the case with Robert Dallek's review of a new book …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Say Anything
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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