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10:50 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama calls on HuffPost for Iran question UPDATE  —  In what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post's Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran.  —  “Nico, I know you and all across the Internet …
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Pushing the President's Buttons  —  Barack Obama, as everyone knows, is one of the most disciplined, controlled and unflappable political leaders in modern times.  Except when he grows testy.  And during Tuesday afternoon's press conference, the president's inability to mask mild annoyance was on full display.
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Weird “AA” Crack  —  It tells you something that neither Afghanistan nor Iraq came up at the president's press conference.  The United States is simultaneously prosecuting two wars in the Muslim world and neither merited a question of the president.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:   Anyone Forget Bush v. Gore?
WYFF-TV:
Sources Question Governor's Story  —  Gov. Mark Sanford Says He Disappeared To Go Hiking  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — WYFF News 4 has received exclusive information from sources who say they have information about Gov. Mark Sanford's whereabouts during a mysterious absence over the past several days.
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Report: Sanford Seen In Atlanta Airport  —  That Appalachian Trail story is looking shakier and shakier.  —  Local news channel WYFF4 reports: … It had previously been reported that the governor's cell phone had been tracked to the Atlanta area.  —  Sanford's staff put out the word late …
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Sanford to return to work tomorrow
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sanford's timing  —  Yes, it was Naked Hiking Day.
Discussion: Redhot
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Tapes Reveal Nixon's View of Abortion  —  WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement.  But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.
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CNN:
Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Richard Nixon believed one way to shore up the GOP in 1973 was by recruiting “attractive” women, but not because he was “for women,” according to audio tapes released Tuesday.  —  In February of 1973 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
The President's Opening Remarks on Iran, with Persian Translation  —  The President discusses Iran during his opening remarks at the Press Conference today at the White House:  —  Viewing this video requires Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher.  Download the free player.  —  Download mp4 (67.1 MB)
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Washington Post:
President Obama Holds Press Conference  —  Opens with Discussion on Health-Care, Iranian Elections and Energy Policy  —  [*] OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Good afternoon, everybody.  —  Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I'll take your questions.
New York Times:
President Obama's Press Briefing
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama on Iran and Neda: ‘A remarkable opening’
Discussion: The Swamp and Donklephant
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KLEIN 1, MCCAIN 0.... John McCain has spent an enormous amount of time lately criticizing President Obama's approach to developments in Iran.  On CNN last night, Larry King mentioned to Time's Joe Klein that McCain would be on the program tonight, and asked what Klein would tell the Arizona Republican.
Discussion: CNN and Pat Dollard
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
About Last Night  —  I've been receiving a steady stream of favorable emails from Iranian-Americans regarding my appearance on Larry King last night.  They're delighted that I made it clear that Iran is different from the other countries in the region—better educated, more sophisticated …
The Huffington Post:   McCain Hits Obama On Iran Again, Joe Klein Tells Him “Be Quiet” (VIDEO)
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad
Kathryn Cheng / ABC News' Press Room:
David Westin Responds to Members of the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus  —  Dear Congressman Smith:  —  Thank you for your letter of today's date concerning our planned coverage tomorrow of health care reform in America.  I am pleased that you agree that the subject deserves extensive and careful coverage.
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Kristina Wong / The Note:
Congressional Republicans Blast ABC; ABC Fires Back
Christopher Badeaux / The New Ledger:
Through the Looking Glass With Andrew Sullivan  —  Perhaps the single, common life goal of every intellectual, pseudo-intellectual, and intellectual aspirant, is to be a true Renaissance man — a genius whose force of will and flexible, dominating intellect allows him to master or nearly master …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
What Obama didn't mention  —  A couple of surprising words were missing from President Barack Obama's 55-minute news conference on Wednesday: “Iraq” — and “Afghanistan.”  —  Also MIA: “Korea,” “Pakistan,” “soldiers,” “surge” and “war” — as well as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Discussion: The Swamp and Blue Crab Boulevard
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Longtime Clinton confidant Blumenthal to become Clinton advisor  —  Longtime journalist and former Clinton White House advisor Sidney Blumenthal will become a special advisor without portfolio to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Cable has learned.  Blumenthal refused to comment.
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John Lichfield / The Independent:
Mousavi ‘under 24-hour guard’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Chris / TVNewser:
New All-Time Lows for Both CBS & ABC Evening Newscasts  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned the CBS Evening News has once again set an all-time low last week with 4.89 million Total Viewers and 1.42 million A25-54 viewers.  But it was also the lowest (since records began in the 1991-'92 season) for ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
The Corner:
Eliminating Prison Rape  —  It has been far too long in coming but, yesterday, the Federal Prison Rape Elimination commission released its report on elimination and prevention efforts regarding the biggest social problem nobody wants to talk about: prison rape.
Ezra Klein:
Obama Defends the Public Plan  —  At the press conference that finished up a few minutes ago, President Obama fielded a slew of questions on health care in general and the public plan in particular.  For supporters of the initiative, his answers were encouraging.
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Would An Overhaul Hurt Health Care?
Discussion: Balkinization
Financial Times:
Pessimistic executives cash out of shares  —  Growing pessimism about the prospects for a global economic recovery sent stock and commodity prices tumbling on Monday while new data showed that leading US corporate executives were cashing out of their share holdings at a rapid pace.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Balloon Juice
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Are Obama's Polls Slipping?  —  Today's presidential press conference was supposed to be held in the Rose Garden, but it got canceled because of the heat.  I suspect this was less a tender concern about the press corps, which would have to be seated long in advance of the president …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The End of the Beginning  —  TEHRAN — Iran's 1979 revolution took a full year to gestate.  The uprising of 2009 has now ended its first phase.  But the volatility ushered in by the June 12 ballot-box putsch of Iran's New Right is certain to endure over the coming year.  The Islamic Republic has been weakened.
Discussion: MyDD and The Spirit of Man
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Cornyn: I'll Support Norm Coleman if He Appeals to the Supreme Court  —  At a luncheon at the National Republican Senatorial Committee's headquarters near Capitol Hill (organized by the Heritage Foundation), I asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) if there was a Republican game plan ready …
 
 
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Ex-Rep. Hunter Touts Iraq War Vets To Revive GOP
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John / Power Line:
He Thinks You're Stupid  —  In his press conference today …
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Testy  —  An animated and testy President Obama during this presser.
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