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2:45 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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY....In October, David Brooks …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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  —  DES MOINES — Senator Barack Obama is on the hunt for Iowans who have never participated in the state's presidential caucuses, including independent voters under 50 and students who will be 18 by the general election.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney dings McCain again in immigration-only NH spot  —  Mitt Romney continues to pour it on in New Hampshire, going up with a new spot today directly contrasting his immigration record with that of John McCain.
Marc Hansen / Des Moines Register:
McCain could be comeback codger
Discussion: The Caucus
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: The New York Times ‘Should Be Prosecuted,’ 'It Isn't A First-Rate Newspaper'  —  For years, Bill Kristol has been at the forefront of a vitriolic right-wing crusade against the New York Times.  Sadly, the Times has chosen to reward him for it.  —  After the New York Times …
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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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Kristol gets an unearned promotion  —  Recently cast off from Time magazine, presumably for writing shallow, predictable tripe, the Weekly Standard's William Kristol is getting a promotion of sorts. … If the report is accurate, and Kristol is joining the Times' roster …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Invisible Blogger  —  The sidewalks of Harlem's main thoroughfares are wide and inviting, and in the 1960s the kids playing “boxball” shared the asphalt squares with some of the greatest orators in creation.  The most famous spot for speechifying was the “Speakers' Corner” …
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Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:   NY Times Magazine: Steven Gilliard Jr.
Aaron Keith Harris / xeniagazette.1upmonitor.com:
Hobson helps make gas station a reality  —  WILBERFORCE — More than 25 years after he nearly ran out of gas there, Rep. Dave Hobson was finally able to fill up in Wilberforce Thursday at a new Speedway SuperAmerica gas station at U.S. Route 42 and Brush Row Road.
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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.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Impeachment Watch: Extreme BDS in Vermont  —  Frustrated by the failure of the Dem leadership to carry through with impeachment, some Bush-haters in Brattleboro, Vermont want to subject President Bush and VP Cheney to arrest if they set foot in their town.  Consider it sort of a do-it-yourself impeachment alternative:
San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats rip Bush's pocket veto of military policy bill  —  KEY REASON: One aspect of law could have led to legal claims against Iraq  —  (12-29) 04:00 PST Crawford, Texas —  For months, President Bush harangued Democrats in Congress for not moving quickly enough to support the troops …
Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:
A Milestone in Iraq You Won't See in the Paper  —  Sometime on December 27, 2007, in a fierce gun battle in Al Kut, a milestone was reached.  —  The 20,000 AIF [Anti Iraqi Forces] terrorist was killed by our troops.  —  In many ways that anonymous soul typifies the war as it is now being fought.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
 
 
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White House:
Press Briefing by Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials …
Discussion: INTEL DUMP, Don Surber and BitsBlog
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Torture — what's it good for?  —  One little post …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Polarization  —  Everyone's gotten to the fact …
Discussion: The New Republic
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Obama's Cup of Tea
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Making Deals In Iowa
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Pope's exorcist squads will wage war on Satan
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Millions in Earmarks Purchase Little of Use
Associated Press:
Girl won Hannah Montana tickets with fake essay
 Earlier Items: 
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ROMNEY'S POINT, PART 2
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Michael Kamber / New York Times:
Shame of Imported Labor in Kurdish North of Iraq
Discussion: IraqPundit and American Street
Military.com:
Britain Drops ‘War on Terror’ Label
Janny Scott / New York Times:
A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line
Discussion: TalkLeft, Prometheus 6 and MSNBC
Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten