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1:30 PM ET, June 24, 2009

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Gina Smith / The State:
Sanford met in Atlanta after returning from South America  —  Governor says he never hiked Appalachian Trail; says he cruised along the coast of Buenos Aires to unwind after stressful legislative session  —  ATLANTA — Gov. Mark Sanford arrived in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning …
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SANFORD'S TANGO  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Sanford's tango: Well, it turns out that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) wasn't hiking the Appalachian Trail after all.  Instead, he was in — get this — Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Huma Khan / The Note:
Sanford Was in Argentina — Not Appalachian Trail  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The case of the missing governor has a new twist.  —  The State newspaper in South Carolina is reporting that Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., has been located as of Wednesday morning — in the Atlanta airport.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SANFORD: FROM BAD TO WORSE  —  Update, 12:05 p.m ET.: South Carolina state Senate Democratic leader John C. Land III just issued a very strong statement regarding Sanford.  —  Said Land: … Update, 10:51 a.m. ET: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. today …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic
Discussion: FITSNews
CNN:   Report: S.C. governor says he was in Argentina
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sanford was in South America
Discussion: The New Republic and TPMMuckraker
Fox News:
Sanford's Walk in the Woods Draws Fire From South Carolina Capital
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stay Tuned for More of ‘The Obama Show’  —  In his first daytime news conference yesterday, President Obama preempted “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.”  But the soap viewers shouldn't have been disappointed: The president had arranged some prepackaged entertainment for them.
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Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Crucifixtion of Nico Pitney  —  Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but the Huffington Post reporter is getting tweaked this morning for the question he posed to President Obama at yesterday's White House Press Conference.  It was an odd moment because normally, of course …
The New Republic:
Pitney's Not a Potted Plant
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The “Neda video,” torture, and the truth-revealing power of images
Barbara Slavin / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran's ayatollah before election  —  Administration overture to Khamenei ridiculed in sermon  —  Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …
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Octavia Nasr / CNN:
Clerics join Iran's anti-government protests  —  CNN Senior Editor, Middle East Affairs  —  (CNN) — A photo showing Iranian clerics prominently participating in an anti-government protest speaks volumes about the new face of Iran's opposition movement.  —  In a blatant act of defiance …
New York Times:
One Candidate Withdraws Iran Election Complaints  —  TEHRAN — A losing candidate in Iran's disputed presidential election formally withdrew complaints of vote rigging Wednesday, state television reported, opening a rift among those who had challenged the outcome even as other opponents maintained …
Discussion: Aljazeera and Danger Room
Gateway Pundit:
CRACKDOWN IN BAHARESTAN SQUARE!... 3 People Shot— Police Will Not Allow Protesters to Assist Them ...Update: 1 Woman Dead ...Update: Several Dead  —  CRACKDOWN IN TEHRAN—  A wounded woman is treated at Baharestan Square in Tehran.  (Al-Arabiya)  —  VIDEO—  POLICE BEATING PROTESTERS INCLUDING WOMEN:
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New York Times:   Update |  8:19 a.m. According to an update on Twitter posted …
Saeed Valadbaygi / Revolutionary Road:
Live from Baharestan Sq...
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
presstv.ir:
Police discover unrest HQ in Tehran
Bloomberg:
Obama Open to Compromise as Senators Balk at Public Health Plan  —  President Barack Obama's push to create a public health-care program to compete with private insurers is meeting so much resistance from Republicans and even some members of his own party that he's signaling a willingness to compromise.
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Paul Krugman:
Obama messes up on health care, big time
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Washington and the Iran Protests: Would they be Allowed in the US?  —  President Barack Obama had this to say about the Iran crisis on Tuesday: … The thrust of these comments is to deplore the Iranian state's interference in the people's right of peaceable assembly and nonviolent protest …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   In case you wondered: John McCain bows out of 2012 GOP race
John / Power Line:
He Thinks You're Stupid  —  In his press conference today, President Obama talked about the cap-and-trade energy tax that the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress.  Obama's nose grew a couple of inches as he uttered this howler: … The idea that the energy tax will come to rest with …
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Pew Research Center:
Romney's Image Improves; Palin Well Regarded by Republican Base  —  Favorability of Leading Republicans  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has seen his favorability ratings improve and now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public: 40% rate him favorably, 28% unfavorably.
The Politico:
A Republican comeback?  —  For the first time since their 2006 election drubbing, top Republicans see signs — however faint — of a political resurgence over the next year.  —  At first blush, this sounds absurd.  After all, polls show the GOP more unpopular than ever …
CNN:
Iran arrests foreign nationals in connection with protests  —  TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iranian authorities said Wednesday they have arrested several foreign nationals, some with British passports, in connection with the country's post-election unrest.  —  Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein …
Discussion: Hot Air and A Blog For All
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CNN:
New clashes reported in Iran
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Anchoress
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
How Green Is a Nudist Vacation?  —  With summer upon us, how many green vacationers' fancies will turn to thoughts of nudism?  —  Going without clothes on beaches and other vacation spots is commonly called naturism — a description that implies helping the planet, as some practitioners claim to be doing.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
AmeriCorps feared bad press if IG investigation continued  —  One of the mysteries surrounding President Obama's firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin is what prompted the White House, supported by the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Rudolph W. Giuliani / New York Times:
Putting New York Back Together  —  NEW YORK STATE government is not working.  This has been true for some time.  But the paralysis and confusion that has overtaken the capital demonstrates the need to confront this dysfunction directly and take decisive steps to solve it once and for all.
 
 
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