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11:30 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
New Questions Arise in Killing of Ex-Premier  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — New details of Benazir Bhutto's final moments, including indications that her doctors felt pressured to conform to government accounts of her death, fueled the arguments over her assassination on Sunday and added to the pressure …
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Tariq Ali / The Independent:
My heart bleeds for Pakistan.  It deserves better than this grotesque feudal charade  —  Six hours before she was executed, Mary, Queen of Scots wrote to her brother-in-law, Henry III of France: “...As for my son, I commend him to you in so far as he deserves, for I cannot answer for him.”
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
What Bhutto Was Worried About
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Divide  —  Yesterday The Times published a highly informative chart laying out the positions of the presidential candidates on major issues.  It was, I'd argue, a useful reality check for those who believe that the next president can somehow usher in a new era of bipartisan cooperation.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg: Trans-partisan savior  —  Following along in David Broder's excited footsteps, Sam Roberts in The New York Times reports that Michael Bloomberg “is growing increasingly enchanted with the idea of an independent presidential bid, and his aides are aggressively laying the groundwork for him to run.”
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Bloomberg Moves Closer to Running for President
Adam Lisberg / NY Daily News:
Logjam busting, or act 1 in Mike's run?
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
In Iowa, Will Edwards Divide and Conquer?  —  While the Democratic race has often, and quite accurately, been described as a choice between change (Barack Obama and John Edwards) and experience (Hillary Rodham Clinton), it has, in the final days before Iowa, become another kind of choice as well.
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Washington Post:
Obama Tries New Tactics To Get Out Vote in Iowa
Discussion: USA Today and MSNBC
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Thunder in the Heartland  —  PERRY, Iowa — In the state …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
New York Times:
Looking at America  —  There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country.  Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Chelsea Clinton Guards Her Words  —  VINTON, Iowa (AP) - It's one thing for Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign to turn down interview requests for the candidate's daughter, Chelsea.  But can't a 9-year-old reporter catch a break?  —  Sydney Rieckhoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Elizabeth Drew / The Politico:
First what?  —  In all the excitement over the prospect …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Matthew Yglesias:
If You've Got Nothing Nice to Say  —  I just hope The New York Times Book Review is as kind to my book when the time comes as they were to Jonah Goldberg (of course, realistically we're all just desperately hoping to be reviewed at all): “Yet the title of his book aside …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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WorldNetDaily:
'Liberal Fascism'  —  “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History …
Discussion: The Corner and INSTAPUTZ
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Make-or-Break Time in Iraq?  —  What the U.S. Decides About Post-Surge Troop Levels Could Prove Decisive  —  For five years Washington-based officials and pundits have repeatedly made the mistake of predicting that the next six or 12 months in Iraq would be decisive.
Discussion: Eschaton and IraqPundit
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ABCNEWS:
2007 Deadliest for US Troops in Iraq
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!? and Telegraph
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
What's the Matter With Iowa?  —  The caucuses are anything but a Norman Rockwell exercise in small-town democracy.  —  The trouble with the Iowa caucuses isn't that there's anything wrong with Iowans.  It's the bizarre rules of the process.  Caucuses are touted as authentic neighborhood meetings …
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
“Perfect storm” of cliches make bad English list  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - A “surge” of overused words and phrases formed a “perfect storm” of “post-9/11” cliches in 2007, according to a U.S. university's annual list of words and phrases that deserve to be banned.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Betsy's Page
Ian Bruce / Glasgow Herald:
Special forces on standby over nuclear threat  —  US special forces snatch squads are on standby to seize or disable Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in the event of a collapse of government authority or the outbreak of civil war following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
The Corner:
More on the Klan  —  Lots of readers are sharing stories of the Klan and the like.  One point I'd add to give it a little context.  If watch the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?, you'll actually get a pretty good sense of the Klan's role.  Recall it's the modernizing champion of “reform” …
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Top economist says America could plunge into recession  —  Losses arising from America's housing recession could triple over the next few years and they represent the greatest threat to growth in the United States, one of the world's leading economists has told The Times.
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Daily Pundit
 
 
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Associated Press:
Individual privacy under threat in Europe and U.S., report says
New York Post:
SPITZER-PROBE BOSS IN VACATION UPROAR
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Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
Media Insiders Shaft Biden, Richardson, Dodd, Kucinich and America
Bloomberg:
Obama's Jakarta Friends Recall a Would-Be Leader, Tattle-Tale
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. lawmakers visit Syria
Washington Post:
Huckabee, Romney Make Sunday Push for Evangelicals
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
After a Son's Death, a Shared Mission in Politics
Discussion: TIME
Roxanne / Rox Populi:
Explaining Michael Bloomberg and the Six People Who Support …
Discussion: Eschaton and Fact-esque
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Huckabee's double-edged faith
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Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
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