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12:20 PM ET, June 14, 2009


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Michael J. Totten:
Iran on Fire (Continuously updated)  —  The BBC says clashes between demonstrators and police in Tehran are the most violent in a decade.  —  Video below shows a human wave of demonstrators chasing frightened police officers.  —  Here is another video.  These protests are huge.
Daniel Terdiman /
‘#CNNFail’: Twitterverse slams network's Iran absence  —  While word of riots in the streets of Tehran spread like wildfire on Twitter, CNN stayed largely silent on the story, surprising and dismaying many.  —  (Credit: Twitter)  —  As the Iranian election aftermath unfolded in Tehran …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Revolution Will Be Twittered  —  Mock not.  As the regime shut down other forms of communication, Twitter survived.  With some remarkable results.  Those rooftop chants that were becoming deafening in Tehran?  A few hours ago, this concept of resistance was spread by a twitter message.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Iran: There Will Be Blood  —  (To get a feel for what is going on in the streets of Tehran, watch this linked BBC video clip.)  —  Last night in London after appearing on Keith Olbermann's show, I got an email from a well-connected Iranian who knows many of the power figures in the Tehran political order asking to meet me.
Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
Iranian Courage  —  This is courage.  —  Think about that as you go about your relatively calm day in Liberty already earned.  —  I said a few years ago when the regime began another wave of strict enforcement of Islamic (by their definition) dress code while women openly protested: Follow the women of Iran.
What Happened in Iran?  —  Let us begin by acknowledging that Iran is a complex society with an unusually opaque political system.  Few outsiders genuinely understand the place.  That makes understanding the country's presidential campaign - and interpreting the events of the last 24 hours - particularly tricky.
gary's choices:
Iran's political coup  —  If the reports coming out of Tehran about an electoral coup are sustained, then Iran has entered an entirely new phase of its post-revolution history.  One characteristic that has always distinguished Iran from the crude dictators in much of the rest of the Middle East …
Robert Stacy McCain / Not Tucker Carlson:
Discussion: The Other McCain
Laura Secor / News Desk:
Iran's Stolen Election
Nahid Siamdoust / Reuters:
After a Disputed Election, Tehran's Streets Become a Battleground
Discussion: Reuters and Harry's Place
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Tehran Tienanmen?
Discussion: The Corner and The Daily Dish
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Iran election result makes a U.S. overture more difficult
Discussion: Telegraph
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Stealing the Iranian Election
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Iran elections: revolt as crowds protest at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ‘rigged’ victory
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Senior U.S. official: Yes, the Iranian election was rigged; Update: 50-100 dead?
New York Times:
Protests Flare in Tehran as Opposition Disputes Vote
Discussion: tehranbureau, Reuters and Newsbroke
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Concern Over Obama's Spending Plans May Cloud 2010 Election Prospects  —  Concern Mounts in White House as 2010 Elections Loom  —  After enjoying months of towering poll numbers, legislative victories and well-received foreign policy initiatives, the White House has become increasingly concerned …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Can Leon Panetta move the C.I.A. forward without confronting its past?  —  The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent.  A few miles from the agency's headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: GOP Comeback Limited by Demographics, Political Forces  —  There has been much chatter about who now speaks for the Republican Party, and whether the GOP has a message or an agenda to combat President Obama's popularity.  Those questions are important to the party's future …
Discussion: The Caucus, EconLog and MyDD
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Something's Got to Give in Medicare Spending  —  MEDICARE expenditures threaten to crush the federal budget, yet the Obama administration is proposing that we start by spending more now so we can spend less later.  —  This runs the risk of becoming the new voodoo economics.
Discussion: EconLog
Associated Press:
Terrorist can sue over torture memos  —  First time a government lawyer has been held potentially liable for abuse  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged torture …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Macsmind
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Obama Haters' Silent Enablers  —  WHEN a Fox News anchor, reacting to his own network's surging e-mail traffic, warns urgently on-camera of a rise in hate-filled, “amped up” Americans who are “taking the extra step and getting the gun out,” maybe we should listen.  He has better sources in that underground than most.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Remembering Tim Russert  —  This weekend marks the one year anniversary of when “Meet the Press” host and NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert passed away - and, by most measures, a natural successor to his vaunted position in both journalism and the nation's heart has yet to emerge.
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