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2:50 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
CNN:
U.S. suspects Taliban leader behind Bhutto plot  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN — U.S. officials suspect a Taliban leader from Afghanistan may be behind the plot to assassinate former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a senior official said Friday.  —  The official identified Taliban …
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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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 …
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 …
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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Elizabeth vs. Obama
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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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
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 …
 
 
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Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
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Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found …
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