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4:50 PM ET, December 29, 2007

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CNN:
Bhutto exhumation okay, Pakistan official says  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistani government has no problem with officials from Benazir Bhutto's political party exhuming the slain opposition leader's body if they see a need to do so, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Remarks on Pakistan Are Tailing Huckabee  —  In discussing the volatile situation in Pakistan, Mike Huckabee has made several erroneous or misleading statements at a time when he has been under increasing scrutiny from fellow presidential candidates for a lack of fluency in foreign policy issues.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY....In October, David Brooks, in an otherwise fawning column about Mike Huckabee, conceded that “his foreign policy thinking is thin."  That was obviously a dramatic understatement.  —  Earlier this month, he didn't know what the National Intelligence Estimate was.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
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Matthew Yglesias:
All's Well  —  When I heard that Bill Kristol was leaving Time I got seriously worried about the state of the world.  After all, everyone knows that conservative pundits don't get held accountable for saying tons and tons of wrong stuff — that's not how it works.
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Huckabee Slipping  —  WASHINGTON — While public polls show Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney in Iowa, a new survey of an oversized sample shows Huckabee slipping and no longer ahead of Romney.  —  A private corporate interest commissioned a phone bank survey of 15,000 Iowans …
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Washington Post:
Romney Eyes Huckabee Lead  —  Onetime Favorite Launches 11th-Hour Attacks  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a fresh attack Friday on rival Mike Huckabee, raising the stakes in the tense two-person contest in Iowa that could prove critical to both candidates' hopes of winning the GOP nomination.
New York Times:   Candidates Digging for a Deeper Pool of Iowa Voters
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Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
NY Times Magazine: Steven Gilliard Jr.
Discussion: driftglass
Rudy Giuliani / You Decide 08!:
RUDY GIULIANI VETERANS' CO-CHAIRMAN RESIGNS OVER MUSLIM REMARKS  —  A co-chairman for Rudy Giuliani's veterans' coalition in New Hampshire resigned Saturday after telling a British newspaper that Muslims need to be chased “back to their caves."  —  The response was swift …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Because Oil Companies And Pizza Hut Couldn't Afford It  —  I've figured out how to get conservatives and liberals together on the issue of pork.  All we need to do is show how earmarks put money in the pockets of a progressive bete noir, and if possible, throw in a dash of Congressional cluelessness.
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Aaron Keith Harris / xeniagazette.1upmonitor.com:   Hobson helps make gas station a reality
UPI:
Vatican denies exorcist expansion  —  The Vatican is denying reports it plans to install more exorcists around the world so possessed people can get help quickly.  —  “Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession …
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Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Pope's exorcist squads will wage war on Satan
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S DUMBEST LEGAL ARGUMENTS OF THE YEAR.  —  This time last year, I offered up a top 10 list of the most appalling civil-liberties violations by the Bush administration in 2006.  The grim truth is, not much has changed.  The Bush administration continues to limit our basic freedoms …
Washington Post:
The Most Popular Opinions of the Year  —  The Opinions section of washingtonpost.com is not immune to that affliction so common in journalism this time of year: toptenitis.  What follows is a list of the 10 most popular stories of the year, ranked by number of page views.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Torture — what's it good for?  —  One little post about waterboarding seems to have stirred up the mob, but at least the majority seem to agree that it is torture.  How could it not be?  It's a process for causing pain and suffering, nothing more.  At least the commenters here …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
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Peter Graff / Reuters:
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Jim Himes / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Jim Himes
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
White House:
Press Briefing by Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials …
Discussion: Don Surber, INTEL DUMP and BitsBlog
Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Polarization  —  Everyone's gotten to the fact …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:
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Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Millions in Earmarks Purchase Little of Use
Associated Press:
Girl won Hannah Montana tickets with fake essay
San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats rip Bush's pocket veto of military policy bill
Military.com:
Britain Drops ‘War on Terror’ Label
Janny Scott / New York Times:
A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line
Discussion: Prometheus 6, TalkLeft and MSNBC
Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad