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1:05 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.
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Tide Turning?
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.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
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.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Renegade Dems buck Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and HorseRaceBlog
Mike Allen / Associated Press:   Presented by First Five Years Fund: Obama to make 'irrefutable case …
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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
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 …
Discussion: The Market Ticker and Clusterstock
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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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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 …
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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Jonathan Rugman / Times of London:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
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Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Narrative Dissonance  —  What the Cairo speech got wrong.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's read Andrew Sullivan's new Sarah Palin post.
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