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5:55 PM ET, June 13, 2009


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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Stealing the Iranian Election  —  Top Pieces of Evidence that the Iranian Presidential Election Was Stolen  —  1. It is claimed that Ahmadinejad won the city of Tabriz with 57%.  His main opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is an Azeri from Azerbaijan province, of which Tabriz is the capital.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Ahmadinejad Re-Elected; Protests Flare  —  TEHRAN — The Iranian government declared an outright election victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday morning, and riot police officers fought with supporters of the opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, who insisted that the election had been stolen.
Abbas Barzegar / Guardian:
Wishful thinking from Tehran  —  Since the revolution, academics and pundits have predicted the collapse of the Iranian regime.  This week, they did no better  —  I have been in Iran for exactly one week covering the 2009 Iranian election carnival.  Since I arrived, few here doubted …
Fox News:
Iran's Controversial Election Results Raises Questions Over Its Relations to U.S.  —  Some analysts believe the outcome of Iran's election could complicate President Obama's efforts to engage the country.  —  —  With the results of Iran's election raising serious doubts …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Results As They Came In  —  Yes, this obviously was a “divine assessment”.  They didn't even attempt to disguise the fraud.  Which, to me, tells me they panicked.  This graph is a red flag to Iran and the world.
Alerts from Tehran  —  *Hour/time given U.S. Eastern (unless otherwise noted)  —  From James Spencer, a political and security analyst specialising in the Middle East, relays the following:  —  Hadi Ghaemi reported concrete barriers installed around the Interior Ministry:
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Reverberations as Door Slams on Hopes of Change  —  TEHRAN — It is impossible to know for sure how much the ostensible re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents the preference of an essentially conservative Iranian public and how much, as opposition voters passionately believe …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Daniel Pipes Blog:
Rooting for Ahmadinejad  —  The heart and the head sometimes go in different directions, and they do for me today as Iranians go to the polls to vote in their country's semi-legitimate presidential elections.  —  Many problems afflict those elections - including restrictions on who may run for president …
Faulty Election Data
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Daily Dish
White House monitoring ‘reports of irregularities’ in Iran
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Washington Monthly
Teymoor Nabili / Aljazeera:
Mousavi sees election hopes dashed
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
U.S. to Continue to Engage Iran
Discussion: Swampland
Patrick Disney / niacINsight:
Election Liveblogging - Saturday
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Raw Story
Statement From M.A.D Officers  —  Rule Of Law Without Excuse  —  Minuteman American Defense (M.A.D.) and its officers wish to submit this following statement:  —  First we wish to offer our deepest regrets to the Flores family of Arivaca, Arizona for the loss of their loved ones by this terrible event.
Head of a minuteman group arrested for double homicide  —  TUCSON, AZ - Three people have been arrested in connection with last months deadly double homicide in Arivaca that left a nine-year-old and her father dead.  One of the people arrested for the homicide is the National Executive Director …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama auto team called shareholder lawyer a “terrorist”  —  When we last left the negotiations between Chrysler's senior bondholders and Barack Obama's auto task force, Thomas Lauria and his clients alleged that the government used intimidation tactics and threatened to sic …
Well, There Is One ‘Terrorist’ Obama Won't Bend Over For (VIDEO)
Discussion: Riehl World View
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN DESPERATION GETS UGLY.... The conservative drive to connect violent right-wing extremist James von Brunn, who murdered a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum this week, to the American left continues to confound.  Dave Weigel had a terrific report on this yesterday, including this gem:
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Blogger's baby was a hoax  —  Woman captivates thousands in anti-abortion movement with false story of difficult pregnancy  —  Beccah Beushausen photographed near her home, Wednesday, June 10, 2009.  (David Pierini / Chicago Tribune / June 10, 2009)  —  The unmarried mother's story …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Why I went on “The O'Reilly Factor”  —  (UPDATED after The O'Reilly Factor aired)  —  I was surprised when so many people I respect told me not to appear on “The O'Reilly Factor.”  I'd attacked Bill O'Reilly for his jihad against Dr. George Tiller, and he asked me on to discuss my “accusations.”
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Dear As-Sahab: Please Take Away Adam Gadahn's Microphone
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Jeff Gottlieb / Los Angeles Times:
Founder of anti-drug program is held in drug sting
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Audacity of Bullying  —  Peter Beinart pens a column in which he …
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Obama plan to pay for health reform
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Bush Lawyer Ordered to Testify
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Abortion distortion  —  I DIDN'T kill George Tiller.
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