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10:00 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's read Andrew Sullivan's new Sarah Palin post.  —  Here's the post: … Sullivan seems to miss that Stapleton just made a child-rape joke.  It's a joke!  Well, it's a joke is not an apt excuse — is it? — when the joke is supposed to work based on a shared belief about the butt of it.
Discussion: USS Neverdock and Riehl World View
Michael J. Totten:
Insurrection: Day 2  —  The great Polish journalist Ryszard …
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
Amir Taheri / Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Clarifying Election
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Jason Rezaian / Slate:   A Tale of Two Rallies
EU Presidency Statement concerning the Iranian Presidential elections
Discussion: Reuters, Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sleeping With The Enemy
Discussion: Open Left and The Sideshow
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 …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Conrad: Votes lacking to pass public-option healthcare
Discussion: US News and MSNBC
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
McConnell puts Sotomayor filibuster on the table
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Providing Cellphones for the Poor
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Republicans step up the anti-Obama-speak
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
600 protest Pelosi in Houston
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Weekend Wrap  —  The Dish covered a coup and a revolt this weekend.
David Carr / New York Times:
If The Globe Were Sold, What Price?
Discussion: Media Decoder and BuzzMachine
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