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5:30 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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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.
Washington Post:
Romney Eyes Huckabee Lead
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 …
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Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
NY Times Magazine: Steven Gilliard Jr.
Discussion: driftglass
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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama robocall: HRC's ‘misleading attacks’  —  Obama's campaign is out with a sharp-edged robocall from an Ames physician, “Dr. Bob” (his last name isn't clearly audible in this recording), pushing back on Clinton's criticism of his health care plan.  —  The opening: “Hillary Clinton and her allies have launched misleading attacks.”
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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Iraq gains are “reversible": Petraeus
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Blue America Welcomes Jim Himes
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White House:
Press Briefing by Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials …
Discussion: Don Surber, INTEL DUMP and BitsBlog
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Obama's Cup of Tea
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A Milestone in Iraq You Won't See in the Paper
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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
Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad