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5:45 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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Washington Post:
Polling in Iran Shows Real Support for Ahmadinejad  —  The election results in Iran may reflect the will of the Iranian people.  Many experts are claiming that the margin of victory of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the result of fraud or manipulation, but our nationwide public opinion survey …
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Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Iran protest cancelled as leaked election results show Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came third  —  Iran's reformist presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi has called off a major rally to protest last Friday's election results, amid claims police had been cleared to open fire on protesters.
The Politico:
Ahmadinejad won.  Get over it  —  Without any evidence, many U.S. politicians and “Iran experts” have dismissed Iranian President Ahmadinejad's reelection Friday, with 62.6 percent of the vote, as fraud.  —  They ignore the fact that Ahmadinejad's 62.6 percent of the vote in this year's election …
Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election  —  Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
No, Really.  Ahmadinejad Won?  —  Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett have a new opinion piece up at Politico.  “Ahmadinejad won.  Get over it.”  —  The piece largely recycles arguments from Flynt Leverett's post-election interview with Spiegel online and their troubling …
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Dish
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Tide Turning?
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran Supreme Leader Orders Probe of Election Fraud
Eyewitness / CNN:
Hatred, chaos and savage beatings in Tehran
Renard Sexton / FiveThirtyEight:
Iran Does Have Some Fishy Numbers
Discussion: Associated Press and Neuroworld
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Why is Dennis Ross being ousted as Obama envoy to Iran?  —  Dennis Ross, who most recently served as a special State Department envoy to Iran, will abruptly be relieved of his duties, sources in Washington told Haaretz.  An official announcement is expected in the coming days.
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
Dennis Ross, Out As Special Envoy To Iran; Was He Ousted Because He's A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes?  —  The news that Dennis Ross, long time State Department strategist and peace processor, is being bounced as special envoy to Iran comes from an article by Barak Ravid in the reliable (at least on these matters) Ha'aretz.
Peter Keating / New York Magazine:   The Good Soldier: Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group  —  Percentage of “liberals” higher this decade than in early '90s  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Fox News:
Cheney: I Hope Panetta Was ‘Misquoted’ in Claiming My Wish for Attack  —  After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his “old friend” didn't really say those words.
Discussion: MSNBC
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CNN:
CIA: Panetta doesn't believe Cheney rooting for terrorist attack
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Plum Line
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
McCain demands Panetta retract comments about Cheney
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama rejects single payer  —  An effective rhetorical tack on Obama's campaign was casting his health care plan as a middle ground between private sector greed and a government takeover, and in an address to the American Medical Association today, he took a version of that tack in selling his public plan to that tough crowd:
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New York Times:
Obama Open to Reining in Medical Suits
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’
Discussion: The Treatment and Betsy's Page
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
AMA to Obama: Feh.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Memo to Conservatives  —  There have been very good grounds to criticize President Obama's foreign policy so far.  There will be much more to criticize over the next three and a half years.  —  But he is our president.  We could be at an historical inflection point in Iran.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
“IT IS NOT ABOUT US.”  —  Thus concludes a senior administration …
Discussion: Time, Enduring America and Slate
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Pol: Gorilla is ‘related’ to First Lady … A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.  —  Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
South Carolina GOP Operative Apologizes For Racist Tweet Against Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: House Dems Planning Major Changes To Secret CIA Briefings Of Congress  —  In a move that could spark another fight with the GOP over CIA intelligence and secrecy, House Dems are quietly preparing to make major changes to the ways the CIA briefs Congress on covert actions …
Washington Post:
The Case for Financial Regulatory Reform  —  Over the past two years, we have faced the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.  The financial system failed to perform its function as a reducer and distributor of risk.  Instead, it magnified risks, precipitating …
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Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
Pundit Glenn Beck on ‘Common Sense,’ More  —  Radio and television personality Glenn Beck was online Monday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss his new book, “Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.”  —  Chicago: Glenn, On June 6 you said" …
The Huffington Post:
Fareed Zakaria GPS Redeems CNN's Iran Coverage  —  A couple of years ago, I was at a party, locked deep in conversation with a former producer at CNN.  And I recall that one of the things we had talked about was the media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina.  I remember telling …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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George Packer / News Desk:
Realism and Iran  —  The brutal apparent fraud taking place in Iran puts the Obama Administration, and anyone who cares about both American security and human rights, in an extremely difficult position.  For eight years, George W. Bush maintained that there was no tension, let alone contradiction …
Discussion: Hot Air, Ezra Klein and ATTACKERMAN
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William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Speak for America, President Obama
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weekly Standard
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Is Sonia Sotomayor Mean?  —  · The White House is fond of pointing out that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has more years on the bench, as a trial court and appellate judge, than any previous Supreme Court nominee.  —  With that record comes not just hundreds of written opinions, but thousands of oral arguments.
Joe Solmonese / HRC Back Story:
A Letter to the President from Joe Solmonese  —  Ed. Note: This morning HRC President Joe Solmonese sent a letter to President Barack Obama responding to the administration's brief that argues for the Defense of Marriage Act to be upheld in court.  The letter follows and is available in PDF:
 
 
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Coleman: It's Not About Me …
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