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6:40 PM ET, June 14, 2009


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Ayatollahs Protest Election Fraud  —  [TEHRAN BUREAU] Mir Hossein Mousavi's, the main reformist rival to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, letter to the important ayatollahs in the holy city of Qom, asking them to protest the fraud and declare it against Islam, has sparked protests by the ayatollahs and clerics as well.
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 …
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Regime Unleashed— Gunshots & Beatings In Tehran (Video)  —  Photo of the year-  —  “Iranian Courage”  —  Threats Watch found this.  —  The regime is shooting at and beating the Iranian democracy protesters:  —  Hat Tip Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi  —  Kamangir has news on a Toronto protest.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Class v. Culture Wars in Iranian Elections: Rejecting Charges of a North Tehran Fallacy  —  Some comentators have suggested that the reason Western reporters were shocked when Ahmadinejad won was that they are based in opulent North Tehran, whereas the farmers and workers of Iran, the majority, are enthusiastic for Ahmadinejad.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Or, he won  —  New America's Flynt Leverett is the first American analyst I've heard suggest the claims of massive fraud are wishful thinking:  —  Leverett: I would have been surprised if he had lost.  The Western media overstated the surge of his main opponent Mir Hossein Mousavi over the last couple of weeks.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Rovian Islamist  —  Ahmadinejad's bag of tricks is eerily like that of Karl Rove - the constant use of fear, the exploitation of religion, the demonization of liberals, the deployment of Potemkin symbolism like Sarah Palin: … Think of this regime as Cheney and Rove in a police state setting, and you see what's been going on.
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.
Letter from Tehran: The day after  —  Editor's note: For reasons of personal safety, the author chooses to remain anonymous.  —  A supporter of Iranian reformist presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Mousavi burns the poster of hard line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as others throw stones toward …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Patrick Disney / niacINsight:
Election unrest, day two  —  6:10 update: Amid the fray …
Benjamin Joffe-Walt /
Iran: “Government banks and buildings were torched”
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Iran erupts as voters back ‘the Democrator’
Discussion: Harry's Place and Political Byline
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Biden Says White House Will Still Engage Iran
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Will Hutton / Guardian:
Paul Krugman's fear for lost decade  —  As analysts and media hailed the tentative emergence of green shoots last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman caused international shock with a prediction that the world economy would stagnate just as badly, and for just as long, as Japan's did in the 1990s.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Real Results?  —  This is hearsay - but under conditions of a police state coup, we are best advised to glean what information we can, hold it provisionally, and test it as time passes.  Here's what Kos Diarist Electronic Maji is hearing from Iranian journalist friends under lockdown:
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
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Health care costs are ‘crushing us,’ says Sebelius
Washington Post:
Trims to Medicare, Medicaid Are Proposed to Help Fund Reform
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Drugs Won the War  —  This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's start of the war on drugs, and it now appears that drugs have won.  —  “We've spent a trillion dollars prosecuting the war on drugs,” Norm Stamper, a former police chief of Seattle, told me.  “What do we have to show for it?
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