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4:35 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.
BBC:
Shots fired at huge Iran protest  —  Huge crowds cheered Mir Hossein Mousavi when he appeared at the rally  —  Shots have been fired at a rally in Iran where hundreds of thousands of people were demonstrating against last week's presidential election results.
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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Tide Turning?
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran Supreme Leader Orders Probe of Election Fraud
Associated Press:   Huge pro-reform rally defies crackdown threats
Renard Sexton / FiveThirtyEight:
Iran Does Have Some Fishy Numbers
Discussion: Associated Press
Edward Yeranian / Voice of America:
Demonstrator Killed by Gunfire at Iranian Election Protests
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
About Those Iran Polls  —  Public opinion surveys are central …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Neuroworld
MSNBC:
Protester killed, others hurt in Tehran
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Details Set for Remake of Financial Regulations  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected Wednesday to propose the most sweeping reorganization of financial-market supervision since the 1930s, a revamp that would touch almost every corner of banking from how mortgages are underwritten …
John Gapper / John Gapper's Business Blog:
Barack Obama ducks the regulation challenge
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Felix Salmon:
When did the White House lose Congress?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Clusterstock
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: The Moderate Voice
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New York Times:
Obama Open to Reining in Medical Suits  —  WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association has long battled Democrats who oppose protecting doctors from malpractice lawsuits.  But during a private meeting at the White House last month, association officials said, they found one Democrat willing to entertain the idea: President Obama.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’
Discussion: The Treatment and Betsy's Page
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 …
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William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Speak for America, President Obama
Gateway Pundit:
OUTRAGE!... CBS: “Meet Iran's George W. Bush” …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
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 …
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 and Gawker
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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.
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" …
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:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Tweeting The Revolution  —  Non stop sound of shooting heard in Tehran  —  after hearing about killing a person by Basij people from Ikbatan(a part of Tehran) came out & started another demonstration  —  People are shouting “This Blood in my veins will stop the coup”
Discussion: American Footprints
 
 
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