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7:25 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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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.
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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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Not Your Average Harvard Feminist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Wizbang
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did Biden, Dodd and Edwards Kill Bhutto Too?
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Matthew Yglesias:
Don't Cry for Me, Pakistan  —  Clearly, political assassinations are a bad thing.
Discussion: The Washington Note and Open Left
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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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards offers a 527 letter, too
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 …
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.
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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National Review:
Misled in New Hampshire  —  John McCain's aides complain …
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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Clinton Battle for Iowa TV Commercial Time Night Before Caucuses
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blogs
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.”
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Is Ron Paul an Evolution Denier?  Apparently Yes.  —  Remember when three Republican presidential hopefuls raised their hands to declare their disbelief in biological evolution?  Well, we can now add a fourth—Ron Paul.  Republicans seem anxious to prove they are the party of scientific ignoramuses.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Moderate Voice
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Mike Schramm / WOW Insider:
Ron Paul supporters plan rally in Azeroth
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
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love  —  The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  —  Journals  —  This is a bad, vain, dull, repulsive book.  Don't read it.  I didn't.  —  Oops, have I committed the previous sentence to print?  I've just broken the most sacred vow of book reviewers.
 
 
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