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8:00 PM ET, June 12, 2009


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The Huffington Post:
Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win  —  American neoconservatives have often used the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster their case for aggressive action against Iran.  So the assumption might be that they would be rooting for Iranians to take care of the problem themselves …
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Ahmadinejad claims victory after Iran's polling stations are kept open  —  Martin Fletcher in Tehran and Nico Hines  —  Polls remained open in Iran tonight, three hours after the end of official voting, with President Ahmadinejad's representatives declaring victory despite a huge turnout that is expected to favour his rival.
Iran election rivals both declare victory  —  The two main candidates in Iran's presidential election have claimed victory, after extended voting as huge numbers of people turned out to vote.  —  Reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi told a news conference that he had won by a substantial margin.
Ahmadinejad leads in early Iran returns
Washington Post:   Ahmadinejad, Opponent Claim Election Victory in Iran
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Hate  —  Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Think Progress:
Angered By His Holocaust Museum Shooting Coverage, The Far Right Goes After Shepard Smith  —  On Wednesday, Fox News' Shepard Smith responded to the tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist by saying that it was time to re-think the Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism that conservatives disparaged.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What Judith Warner Left Out
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Judith Warner:
The Wages of Hate
Discussion: Villainous Company
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Thoughts on Our Civil War
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Obama defends DOMA in federal court.  Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget.  Invokes incest and marrying children.  —  UPDATE: Obama spokesman caught lying to Politico.  —  Joe and I have been trying since last night to get a copy of the government's brief just filed in this case.
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
DOJ moves to dismiss first fed gay marriage case  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has moved to dismiss the first gay marriage case filed in federal court, saying it is not the right venue to tackle legal questions raised by a couple already married in California.
Discussion: #gay and MSNBC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Justice explains DOMA defense
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?  —  Some strange and potentially suspicious events tonight concerning the Obama White House and the AmeriCorps program.  I've been told that on Wednesday night the AmeriCorps inspector general, Gerald Walpin …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama cronyism: Going after AmeriCorps IG on behalf of contributor; Update: A Michelle Obama connection?  —  David Freddoso tried to explain that the only change Barack Obama would bring to the Beltway would be an introduction of the Chicago Machine politics that made him successful to the Beltway.
Former President GHW Bush stands up for Sotomayor  —  (CNN)-Former President George H.W. Bush stood up for his former judicial nominee Sonia Sotomayor Friday, telling CNN Anchor Robin Meade that GOP critics who called President Obama's Supreme Court pick a racist were off-base, and unfair.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Insta-Hack Watch  —  He's up to his partisan shenanigans again.  He must know that the huge deficits projected in the future have virtually nothing to do with Obama's proposals on healthcare or energy.  They are a function of inherited entitlement spending, the legacy of two open-ended wars …
Mike Murphy / Time:
The Ice Age Cometh  —  Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback.  My answer disappoints them: “Build an ark.”  —  I say this because I've made a career out of counting votes …
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
House Health-Care Bill to Include $600 Billion in Tax Increases  —  Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.
Kori Schake / Shadow Government:
Remember Iraq?  You will soon enough  —  Iraq is receding from our national consciousness (Stephen Colbert's efforts to remind us about the war notwithstanding).  The combined effects of the success of the surge, President Bush signing a restrictive Status of Forces Agreement …
Julian Borger / Guardian:
UK to review Bermuda relations  —  Foreign Office tells island's prime minister he had no right to agree to take Uighur inmates without consulting London  —  Britain is to review the legal basis of its relations with Bermuda following a transatlantic row over the resettlement of Guantánamo detainees on the Caribbean island.
Discussion: Truthdig and FP Passport
Washington Post:
Obama Gives Up on Resettling Cleared Guantanamo Detainees in U.S., Officials Say
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Barack Obama Surveys the World  —  “And the Spirit of God hovered upon the face of the waters”  —  When President Obama returned from his first European trip, I observed that while over there he had been “acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating” between America and the world.
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
Decline and Fall  —  Face time with the president is political gold in Washington, so Donald Rumsfeld moved quickly after taking charge at the Pentagon to secure weekly private meetings with President George W. Bush.  Now, nearly six years and many meetings later, the defense secretary arrived …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Raw Story
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
We Need a New National Anthem  —  In the Age of Karaoke, more people (including me) like to join in the singing when they strike up the national anthem at public occasions.  No one can stop you, no matter how embarrassed she might be by your obvious lack of talent.
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone  —  The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a “fringe benefit.”  —  The Internal Revenue Service proposed employers assign 25% of an employee's annual phone expenses as a taxable benefit.
Bill Maher / Los Angeles Times:
Enough with the Obamathon  —  The president is on TV more than the ShamWow guy, but I want to see a little more action.  —  President Obama should just join the cast of “I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”  It's not that farfetched; he's been on everything else.
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: GOP risks loss of respect if it goes after Sotomayor  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans may have a window of opportunity to turn public opinion against President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, but a new poll finds that such a campaign could hurt their party's already weak standing …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Economics of the HDMI Cable Ripoff  —  I just bought a blu-ray player.  (Actually my 10 and 7-year old bought it as a birthday gift for my wife; alas, neither they nor she were fooled for long, but I digress.)  To get the best performance you need an HDMI cable which must be purchased separately …
Elisabeth Eaves / Forbes:
The Recession Is Great  —  Low prices.  Nice people.  What's not to like?  —  This week I refinanced my mortgage at a new, better rate, lowering my monthly expenses with a stroke of the pen.  Even as I was doing the paperwork, I had to dodge calls trying to offer me similar and even better rates.
Discussion: Don Surber and Dealscape
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