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7:45 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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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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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 …
Yahoo! News:
Pak govt reveals how Benazir was killed
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:   John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Not Your Average Harvard Feminist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Wizbang
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards offers a 527 letter, too
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Clinton Battle for Iowa TV Commercial Time Night Before Caucuses
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blogs
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's veto of defense bill  —  At the behest of the Iraqi government, President Bush has vetoed 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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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush rejects defense bill by pocket veto  —  CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush on Friday used a “pocket veto” to reject a sweeping defense bill because he dislikes a provision that would expose the Iraqi government to expensive lawsuits seeking damages from the Saddam Hussein era.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush to Veto Pentagon Funds Over Iraq Provision
Michael Yon:
News flash for Osama bin Laden  —  Here's a news flash for Osama bin Laden, who earlier today released a call " to guerrilla forces in Mesopotamia. “  —  I have directly observed how more and more Iraqis have grown to hate al Qaeda as much as Americans do.
Discussion: IraqPundit, TigerHawk and Flopping Aces
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
New bin Laden Video on Islamic State of Iraq (Update: bin Laden MURDERED?)  —  A banner on jihad websites yesterday announced that as Sahab video, the propaganda arm of al Qaeda in Pakistan/Afghanistan, will soon be releasing a message from Osama bin Laden.  —  The title of the message indicates …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy Campaign Official: He's The Guy To Chase “The Muslims” Back “To Their Caves”
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Rudy Surrogate: “I Don't Subscribe To The Principle That There …
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National Review:
Misled in New Hampshire  —  John McCain's aides complain …
New York Times:
Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence  —  DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico and found himself trying to explain a series of remarks about Pakistanis and their nation.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: NOT WHAT SHE SEEMED TO BE  —  FOR the next several days, you're going to read and hear a great deal of pious nonsense in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.  —  Her country's better off without her.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser  —  In recent days, Mike Huckabee has tried to answer long-standing questions about who is on his foreign policy team.  On Friday morning, he listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”
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.
Kagro X / Daily Kos:
Bush claims Senate's pro forma sessions don't count  —  That veto George W. Bush threatened of the Defense authorization bill?  The one with the troops' pay raise in it?  —  He hasn't even got the stones to put his signature to it: … That's right, civics fans: Bush is claiming this is a …
Telegraph:
Text of alleged al-Qa'eda phone call  —  Pakistan has blamed al-Qa'eda for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.  —  Here is a translation of the transcript of the alleged telephone conversation from senior al-Qa'eda leader Baitullah Mehsud to another militant said to have been intercepted after the assassination.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and QandO
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Get This Man A Map!  —  watch Huckabee say “eastern border” on MSNBC.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Line: Unforeseen Events Intrude
Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Census Bureau: Red States Gaining at Expense of Blue
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Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers
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Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found …
Bloomberg:
France Bans Smoking in Cafes, Clubs, Rejects Sartre's Gauloises
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Los Angeles Times:
What price Oprah?  —  The popular TV personality helps Barack …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi, Reid, Huckabee, Obama Among Nation's “Most Corrupt”
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's “don't ask” policy