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3:16 AM ET, June 15, 2009


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Gateway Pundit:
OUTRAGE!... CBS: “Meet Iran's George W. Bush” (Ahmadinejad!) ...  Update: Bush's Message to the Iranian People  —  CBS compares Iran's Holocaust denier, womens right's abuser, America-hating radical to George W. Bush.  —  CBS republishes vile New Republic article—  Meet Iran's George W. Bush
Michael J. Totten:
Insurrection: Day 2  —  The great Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski witnessed and wrote about dozens of revolutions in the course of his life.  He has, perhaps, seen more revolutions than anyone in the history of the world.  He knew, while he lived, revolutions better than anyone.
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.
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Bright Side of Ahamdinejad's “Win”  —  On the principle of “the worse the better” for our enemies-and, make no mistake, Iran is our enemy-it is possible to take some small degree of satisfaction from the outcome of Iran's elections.  —  If the mullahs were really canny, they would have let Mousavi win.
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
Iran: The View from the White House  —  The White House has not issued a statement expressing support for the protestors declaring the election illegitimate.  But neither has anyone in the Obama administration said a public word accepting the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection.
Niac / niacINsight:
Live-blogging election unrest, day two  —  10:59 update: NIAC members have been sharing their stories with us all day.  Here is another, this one alleging more fraud: … 9:07 update: Things are slowing down for us this evening.  We'll be back in full force tomorrow.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
That Was Then  —  I thought it would be interesting …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Pence: Obama should speak out in favor of Iranian reformers
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Iran erupts as voters back ‘the Democrator’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Iranian thugs beat protester to death in broad daylight  —  There's no official confirmation that he died but that's the word on the street.  Best-case scenario is that they “merely” beat him into unconsciousness.  Rather than give you just the video of the beating, though …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN producer: Iranian students say they're doomed if Obama accepts the Iranian election  —  Much depends on the meaning of “accepts,” though, doesn't it?  I'm sure we'll get some patented Hopenchange drivel tomorrow about “grave concerns,” etc, but if Iran's kids are expecting The One to walk away …
Dave Price / Dean's World:
The High Cost Of Accommodation
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Most Israelis could live with a nuclear Iran: poll
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda  —  AN OCEAN IDYLL Salahidin Abdulahat, left, and Khaleel Mamut swam in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday in Bermuda.  The Uighur Muslims, recently freed from captivity at Guantánamo Bay, have been resettled in Bermuda.
Discussion: The American Scene
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
From hell to paradise for ex-Gitmo detainees
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Full text of Netanyahu's foreign policy speech at Bar Ilan  —  Honored guests, citizens of Israel.  —  Peace was always the desire of our people.  Our prophets had a vision of peace, we greet each other with peace, our prayers end with the word peace.  This evening we are in the center named …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sleeping With The Enemy  —  In case you are wondering why conservative rhetoric remains dominant and Democrats operate from exactly the same assumptions as Republicans, perhaps this is a clue: … There you have it.  The GOP messaging expert is advising both parties.
Discussion: Open Left and The Sideshow
EU Presidency Statement concerning the Iranian Presidential elections  —  The Presidency of the Council of the EU closely followed the course of the Presidential elections held on 12 June 2009 and notices Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected for the second term as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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Eye-Opening Earmarks  —  A brewing ethics controversy in the House
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Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Iran's Crossroads  —  Right now I desperately wish I were in Iran.
Discussion: TPMCafe
Megan Garvey / L.A. Now:
Mayors criticize Justice Department support for Defense of Marriage Act [Updated]
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Discussion: NO QUARTER
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Real Results?  —  This is hearsay - but under conditions …
Discussion: and ATTACKERMAN
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Justice Ginsburg Welcomes Sotomayor Nomination
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Drugs Won the War