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9:10 AM ET, June 15, 2009


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Washington Post:
Polling in Iran Shows Real Support for Ahmadinejad  —  The election results in Iran may reflect the will of the Iranian people.  Many experts are claiming that the margin of victory of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the result of fraud or manipulation, but our nationwide public opinion survey …
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.
New York Times:
Iran Bans Opposition Rally as Critics Are Detained  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran gave his first post-election news conference in Tehran on Sunday.  In a news conference, he called his re-election “real and free.”  More Photos >  —  TEHRAN — The Iranian authorities denied permission Monday …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran Supreme Leader Orders Probe of Election Fraud  —  Mousavi Asks That Vote Be Nullified; President Calls Demonstrators ‘Weeds’  —  Iran's supreme leader on Monday ordered a probe of Friday's presidential election, as protests over alleged voter fraud continued for a third straight day.
Discussion: The BLT and Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Iran's Leader Emerges With a Stronger Hand  —  TEHRAN — The jokes among Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's detractors are legion.  In one, he looks in the mirror and says, “Male lice to the right, female lice to the left.”  In the West, one American tabloid rarely misses a chance to refer to him as …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
‘Anti-Ahmadinejad protests will die out’
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Wall Street Journal:
Battle With Police  —  At Tehran University Sunday afternoon …
Discussion: Hot Air and Clusterstock
Jason Rezaian / Slate:   A Tale of Two Rallies
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Iran protest cancelled as leaked election results show Mahmoud …
Amir Taheri / Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Clarifying Election
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's read Andrew Sullivan's new Sarah Palin post.
Discussion: USS Neverdock and Riehl World View
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 …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Details Set for Remake of Financial Regulations  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected Wednesday to propose the most sweeping reorganization of financial-market supervision since the 1930s, a revamp that would touch almost every corner of banking from how mortgages are underwritten …
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
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 …
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.
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
From hell to paradise for ex-Gitmo detainees
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Obama Open to Reining in Medical Suits  —  WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association has long battled Democrats who oppose protecting doctors from malpractice lawsuits.  But during a private meeting at the White House last month, association officials said, they found one Democrat willing to entertain the idea: President Obama.
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
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Gonzalez: Hiram heading back to Democrats
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Real-Time Criticism of CNN's Iran Coverage  —  Cable news normally serves as the front line for breaking news, but the channels largely took the weekend off as Tehran exploded in protests after Iran's presidential election.  —  The performance of the American cable news, especially CNN …
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The Politico:
DC's dreamboats  —  Washington is a magical place, a place where the onetime victims of boyhood gym-locker entombment can grow up to become the objects of affection, admiration, compulsive fandom, BlogSpot pages and Cafe Press T-shirts.  —  It is, safe to say, the only place where Ari Fleischer could have a stalker.
Discussion: The Swamp
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Presented by First Five Years Fund: Obama to make ‘irrefutable case’ for health reform — Rebranding Geithner — DR. Axelrod, I presume?  — Melody Barnes married — Introducing Ellie Gottheimer  —  BULLETIN: TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state television says the supreme leader has ordered …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Message From Mousavi  —  Via my contacts at the Farsi-speaking BBC, a telephone plea:
Discussion: American Footprints and Jay Currie
Real Clear Politics:
Senators Grassley and Dodd on “Fox News Sunday”
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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