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3:20 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.
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.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Terror Free Tomorrow Poll Did not Predict Ahmadinejad Win
Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election
Discussion: niacINsight and Clusterstock
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iranian Election Results by Province [UPDATED]
Renard Sexton / FiveThirtyEight:
Iran Does Have Some Fishy Numbers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes?  —  The news that Dennis Ross, long time State Department strategist and peace processor, is being bounced as special envoy to Iran comes from an article by Barak Ravid in the reliable (at least on these matters) Ha'aretz.
Discussion: Commentary and Taylor Marsh
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kelly: Ross still at State, today
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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.
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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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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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 …
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?’
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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The Huffington Post:
Fareed Zakaria GPS Redeems CNN's Iran Coverage  —  A couple of years ago, I was at a party, locked deep in conversation with a former producer at CNN.  And I recall that one of the things we had talked about was the media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina.  I remember telling …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
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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.
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
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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
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Renegade Dems buck Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and HorseRaceBlog
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 …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Japanese Translator of Rushdie Book Found Slain  —  The Japanese translator of “The Satanic Verses,” by Salman Rushdie, was found slain today at a university northeast of Tokyo.  —  The translator, Hitoshi Igarashi, 44 years old, was an assistant professor of comparative culture who reportedly studied in Iran in the 1970's.
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
An Enemy of the World  —  The Islamic Republic regime in Iran …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stay the Course  —  The debate over economic policy has taken a predictable yet ominous turn: the crisis seems to be easing, and a chorus of critics is already demanding that the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration abandon their rescue efforts.  For those who know their history …
Joe Solmonese / HRC Back Story:
A Letter to the President from Joe Solmonese  —  Ed. Note: This morning HRC President Joe Solmonese sent a letter to President Barack Obama responding to the administration's brief that argues for the Defense of Marriage Act to be upheld in court.  The letter follows and is available in PDF:
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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