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2:30 PM 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 …
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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.
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
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Tide Turning?  —  For much of the weekend it seemed that the Iranian reformists were set for one of those righteous defeats, in which a united phalanx of state power stands down rioting protesters who must be content that their defiance will lay the groundwork for change not today but at some unknown point in the future.
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.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Terror Free Tomorrow Poll Did not Predict Ahmadinejad Win
The Huffington Post:
Fareed Zakaria GPS Redeems CNN's Iran Coverage
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iranian Election Results by Province [UPDATED]
Fox News:
Gunfire Erupts at Iranian Pro-Reform Protests, At Least 1 Killed
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obama's Iran Policy to Focus on Human Rights, Not Election
Renard Sexton / FiveThirtyEight:
Iran Does Have Some Fishy Numbers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Spiegel Online:
‘Extraordinary Amount of Wishful Thinking’ by US
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kelly: Ross still at State, today
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Dennis Ross, Out As Special Envoy To Iran; Was He Ousted Because He's …
Discussion: Commentary and Taylor Marsh
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.
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.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Conrad: Votes lacking to pass public-option healthcare
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama rejects single payer  —  An effective rhetorical tack on Obama's campaign was casting his health care plan as a middle ground between private sector greed and a government takeover, and in an address to the American Medical Association today, he took a version of that tack in selling his public plan to that tough crowd:
Discussion: The Note and The Moderate Voice
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’
Discussion: The Treatment and Betsy's Page
Cynthia Yockey / Pajamas Media:
‘You Mean I Could Actually Get Some Health Care?’
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 …
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Washington Post:
The Case for Financial Regulatory Reform  —  Over the past two years, we have faced the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.  The financial system failed to perform its function as a reducer and distributor of risk.  Instead, it magnified risks, precipitating …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Memo to Conservatives  —  There have been very good grounds to criticize President Obama's foreign policy so far.  There will be much more to criticize over the next three and a half years.  —  But he is our president.  We could be at an historical inflection point in Iran.
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Gonzalez: Hiram heading back to Democrats  —  State Sen. Hiram Monserrate meets with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday.  Monserrate told Juan Gonzalez he will return to the Democrats.  —  Sen. Hiram Monserrate has switched sides - again.  —  “I'm coming home,” the Queens Democrat told …
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New York Times:   Monserrate Flips Back to Democrats
Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Republicans step up the anti-Obama-speak
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Pol: Gorilla is ‘related’ to First Lady … A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.  —  Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday …
The Politico:
The hunks of Washington  —  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.
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Gorman Gorman / Political Punch:
Seeking Answers on IG Firing, Sen. Grassley Asks About Possible Role of First Lady's Office  —  In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide “any and all records …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Maggie's Notebook
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Gerald Walpin speaks: The inside story of the AmeriCorps firing
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Betsy's Page
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 …
 
 
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