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11:40 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 …
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.
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 …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Terror Free Tomorrow Poll Did not Predict Ahmadinejad Win  —  Noting my skepticism about the announced outcome of Friday's presidential elections in Iran, readers have been asking me what I think about this WaPo op-ed by Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherty pointing out that a scientifically weighted Project …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iranian Election Results by Province [UPDATED]  —  3:31 AM: A map showing the ostensible results.  —  2:19 AM: The reader who sent these to me is named Daniel Berman; I've confirmed that he's comfortable with having his name disclosed.  Daniel is pursing a masters in Iranian Studies …
Discussion: MyDD and American Footprints
Iran poll loser in protest rally
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obama's Iran Policy to Focus on Human Rights, Not Election
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.
Washington Post:
Obama Under Pressure to Push Unpopular Tax on Health Benefits  —  Seeking GOP Votes, Democrats Split Over Plan for New Levy  —  The White House is caught in a battle within its own party over how to finance a comprehensive overhaul of America's health-care system, as key Democrats advocate …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Health-Care's Fate May Be Shaped by Party Elders: Albert Hunt
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 …
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 …
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 and Top of the Ticket
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Obama, W.H. woo the Gray Lady
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Presented by First Five Years Fund: Obama to make 'irrefutable case …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
That Was Then  —  I thought it would be interesting to go back to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech to an AIPAC [in 2008] forum in 2007 to see what he said then and what agenda he was presenting to the voters.  He had this to say about Iran: … In 2008 just after clinching the nomination he had this to say:
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.
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Gerald Walpin speaks: The inside story of the AmeriCorps firing  —  Dispute that resulted in firing involved stimulus money  —  The White House's decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN producer: Iranian students say they're doomed if Obama accepts the 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 …
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Narrative Dissonance  —  What the Cairo speech got wrong.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Weekend Wrap  —  The Dish covered a coup and a revolt this weekend.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's read Andrew Sullivan's new Sarah Palin post.
Discussion: USS Neverdock