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9:50 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election  —  Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss …
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Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Iran protest cancelled as leaked election results show Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came third  —  Iran's reformist presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi has called off a major rally to protest last Friday's election results, amid claims police had been cleared to open fire on protesters.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: State Dep't refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown; Update: 2 to 3 million at rally  —  So says Fox News, via the Standard.  Lefties keep assuring me on Twitter that western meddling will only make it easier for the regime to demonize the protesters, but (a) the demonization's …
BBC:
Shots fired at huge Iran protest  —  Huge crowds cheered Mir Hossein Mousavi when he appeared at the rally  —  Shots have been fired at a rally in Iran where hundreds of thousands of people were demonstrating against last week's presidential election results.
The Politico:
Ahmadinejad won.  Get over it  —  Without any evidence, many U.S. politicians and “Iran experts” have dismissed Iranian President Ahmadinejad's reelection Friday, with 62.6 percent of the vote, as fraud.  —  They ignore the fact that Ahmadinejad's 62.6 percent of the vote in this year's election …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unrest in Iran forces Obama's hand  —  The images of massive protests and beaten students in the streets of Tehran, Iran, forced an initially reluctant President Barack Obama to speak out sharply against the crackdown and to raise doubts about the election's outcome.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   Cantor faces off with White House over Iran
Washington Post:
Polling in Iran Shows Real Support for Ahmadinejad
Joe Adalian / TVBizwire:
Dave: I Take ‘Full Responsibilty’ For ‘Beyond Flawed’ Palin Joke, and I'm Sorry  —  David Letterman is making a full-throated apology for his controversial joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter.  —  During a taping of tonight's edition of his CBS “Late Show,” Letterman went much further …
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Letterman Apologizes — Again — to Governor Palin and Her Family  —  David Letterman directly apologized to Gov Sarah Palin and her daughters on his program Monday night, saying he took responsibility for a joke that had offended Ms. Palin, her family, and her supporters.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Why is Dennis Ross being ousted as Obama envoy to Iran?  —  Dennis Ross, who most recently served as a special State Department envoy to Iran, will abruptly be relieved of his duties, sources in Washington told Haaretz.  An official announcement is expected in the coming days.
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
Dennis Ross, Out As Special Envoy To Iran; Was He Ousted Because He's …
Discussion: Commentary
Peter Keating / New York Magazine:   The Good Soldier: Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Getting Out Of The Way  —  I know why some believe that the president should speak out forcefully in defense of the resistance in Iran.  I don't have to explain why a great part of me wants that as well.  But I think the impulse should be resisted for the moment.
Discussion: Eunomia
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Memo to Conservatives
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
The President Meets with Prime Minister Berlusconi, Comments on Iran
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
AMA to Obama: Feh.  —  From my vantage point about ten feet away from the television set, here's a thumbnail sketch of President Obama's speech to the American Medical Association today.  —  Reform will deliver beter quality medicine.  (Tepid applause.)  —  Reform will reduce the cost burden on employers and the government.
Discussion: The Foundry, Don Surber and Hullabaloo
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WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Reality Check  —  Iran apologist Roger Cohen in today's Times: … There's an amazing thing happening in the blogs over the last few days that one assumes is a fair reflection of a broader shift in attitudes towards Iran.  Six months ago, few Americans would have disputed that Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Poll: 66% say Obama's not being tough enough on Iran
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Americans Say Obama Not Tough Enough on North Korea, Iran
Discussion: Don Surber and Commentary
George Packer / News Desk:
Realism and Iran  —  The brutal apparent fraud taking place …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Ezra Klein
Fox News:
Cheney: I Hope Panetta Was ‘Misquoted’ in Claiming My Wish for Attack  —  After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his “old friend” didn't really say those words.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group  —  Percentage of “liberals” higher this decade than in early '90s  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
State GOP staffer sends racist image of Obama.  —  Over the weekend, a GOP official in South Carolina posted a comment to Facebook comparing Michelle Obama to an escaped gorilla.  Now, in a second instance of Republicans playing the race card against the Obamas, Wonkette notes that a racist e-mail …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: House Dems Planning Major Changes To Secret CIA Briefings Of Congress  —  In a move that could spark another fight with the GOP over CIA intelligence and secrecy, House Dems are quietly preparing to make major changes to the ways the CIA briefs Congress on covert actions …
Glenn Beck / Washington Post:
Pundit Glenn Beck on ‘Common Sense,’ More  —  Radio and television personality Glenn Beck was online Monday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss his new book, “Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.”  —  Chicago: Glenn, On June 6 you said" …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Down Time Rescheduled  —  A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter.  In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight.  However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Is Sonia Sotomayor Mean?  —  · The White House is fond of pointing out that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has more years on the bench, as a trial court and appellate judge, than any previous Supreme Court nominee.  —  With that record comes not just hundreds of written opinions, but thousands of oral arguments.
 
 
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Scott E. Harrington / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Public Plan’ Would Be the Only Plan  —  It's impossible …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
South Carolina GOP Operative Apologizes For Racist Tweet Against Obama
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