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3:55 AM ET, June 16, 2009

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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor faces off with White House over Iran  —  The White House maintained its cautious tone on the disputed election and subsequent upheaval in Iran on Monday, while a GOP leader lashed out at “the administration's silence.”  —  Meeting with the press before President Obama's speech …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Also, I'll Have Kale, Spinach and Peas For Dinner  —  God love Sullivan, because I know his heart is in the right place: … If someone can give me one legitimate piece of evidence that wearing green boxers is going to help bring democracy to Iran, so help me I'll wear plaid from head to toe and shoot for world peace.
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Despite vote doubts, violence, Obama still vows talks with Iran regime
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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Jimmy Arone / Big Hollywood:
Real Time, Real Man: Maher Takes His Shot at Palin  —  Here we go again.  —  During his opening monologue on ‘Real Time’ Friday night, Bill Maher, couldn't resist piling on to the David Letterman controversy and the sex jokes made by him earlier in the week regarding Sarah Palin's daughter.
The Live Feed:
Letterman re-addresses Palin: ‘I had no idea [Willow] was there’  —  David Letterman re-addressed the controversy surrounding his jokes about Sarah Palin's family during the taping of CBS' “Late Show” on Monday.  —  Letterman said he had no idea Palin was at the Yankees game with her 14-year-old daughter …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
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.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain Doesn't Know That Other Countries' Gov't-Run Systems Are More Efficient Than U.S.  —  Today, President Obama spoke before the American Medical Association about the immediate need for far-reaching health care reform.  He insisted that one of the options presented to Americans …
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Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
AMA to Obama: Feh.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Don Surber
Stanley B. Greenberg / The New Republic:
Repeat the Question  —  Why health care reform could fail again.
Discussion: American Thinker and Maggie's Farm
The Huffington Post:   Obama Takes Up Public Health Care Option In AMA Speech
Scott E. Harrington / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Public Plan’ Would Be the Only Plan  —  It's impossible …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Left in the West
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Lean Left
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Christian Grantham / Nashville Is Talking:
Sen Diane Black's (R-Gallatin) legislative aid circulates racist email  —  Newscoma posted details of a racist email sent from Sherri Goforth, legislative aid for Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin).  The email depicts the Presidents of the United States with President Barack Obama as a pair of eyes in a black background.
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.
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: Pajamas Media
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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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senator endorses Crist opponent  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is set to become the first sitting Republican senator to back Marco Rubio's long-shot candidacy against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary, the latest sign of conservative unrest over the Washington establishment's support of the Florida governor.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Not One Red Cent
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Flu funds may be cure for war bill
Discussion: Campaign Silo
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 …
ACLU:
CSRT CENSORSHIP  —  The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the release of un-redacted transcripts of Guantánamo Bay prisoners describing abuse and torture suffered in CIA custody.  The lawsuit follows a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking transcripts …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Eliminationist gear at Cafe Press: Scott Roeder is an American Hero and shoot Obama stuff for sale  —  The Eliminationists are having a nice time over at Cafe Press.  Here's some of Mad Max Market's designs.  The man who murdered Dr. Tiller, Scott Roeder is an American Hero now and Having …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Sen. Reid: No Sponsors for DADT  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaking at a press conference Monday said he has no plans to introduce a bill to repeal “don't ask, don't tell” in the Senate.  —  “I haven't identified any sponsors,” he said.  “My hope is that it can be done administratively.”
 
 
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Video: Basij open fire on crowd, kill protesters in cold blood
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