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8:35 PM ET, June 16, 2009


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ensign Acknowledges Extramarital Affair  —  UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: In a press conference moments ago, Ensign admitted the affair but seemed resolved to remain in political life.  “Last year I had an affair,” said Ensign.  “I violated the vows of my marriage.”  Ensign did not name the woman …
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: Ensign Called On Clinton To Resign After Admitting Affair — ‘He Has No Credibility Left’  —  The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports that Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), a member of GOP leadership and a potential candidate for president in 2012, will hold a press conference later today …
The Politico:
Ensign admits affair; sources say blackmail involved  —  Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign said Tuesday evening he is “truly sorry” about an affair he had last year with a campaign staffer, going public with an embarrassing admission about his marital infidelity.
Washington Post:
Nevada Sen. John Ensign Acknowledges Extramarital Affair  —  UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office.  “I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions,” said Ensign.
CNN:   Sen. Ensign admits affair with campaign staffer
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:   Senator Ensign Admits Extramarital Affair
Drudge Report:
ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE  —  On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Obama blocks access to White House visitor list  —  Taking Bush's position, administration denies request for logs  —  The Obama White House has denied requests by and a nonpartisan watchdog group for the names of White House visitors.  The watchdog group …
Kathryn Cheng / ABC News' Press Room:
ABC News Responds to RNC Letter  —  Dear Mr. McKay:  —  I am in receipt of your letter of June 15, 2009 and wanted to respond to a number of false premises you raise regarding our ongoing and upcoming coverage of health care.  —  I hope we can all agree that a robust debate of health care issues and potential policies is in order.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Don Surber
Sue Pleming / Reuters:
U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department contacted the social networking service Twitter over the weekend to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that could have cut daytime service to Iranians, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Latest Updates on Iran's Disputed Election  —  To supplement reporting from New York Times correspondents inside Iran, The Lede will continue to track the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential election online, as we have for the last several days.  Please refresh this page throughout …
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Another Iran Roundup
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
In reversal, GOP balks at war funding  —  House Republicans are preparing to vote en bloc against the $106 billion war-spending bill, a position once unthinkable for the party that characterized the money as support for the troops.  —  For years, Republicans portrayed the bills funding …
Perry Bacon Jr / Capitol Briefing:
House Approves $106B Bill to Fund Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  The House of Representatives today passed a $106 billion bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September, as House Democrats backed President Obama despite misgivings among the ranks about his strategy in Afghanistan.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Dems table Pelosi-CIA inquiry
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain Unhinged  —  For two years now, John McCain has been entirely consistent on Iran: every last statement he's made—at least, those that I've seen—has been (a) fabulously uninformed and (b) dangerously bellicose.  He's still at it, apparently.  There is no question that President Obama's …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Let Us Not Comfort Cruel Men
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The New Republic:
Khamenei on the Ropes?  —  Robert Baer served in the CIA as a field operative from 1976 to 1997.  His latest book is The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower (Crown Publishers, 2008).  —  In Iran nothing is ever as it seems, including presidential elections.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and RealClearWorld
Laura Secor / News Desk:
The Supreme Leader's Next Move
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Fox News:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin Accepts David Letterman's Apology for ‘Coarse’ Jokes  —  Sarah Palin has accepted comedian David Letterman's apology made during Monday night's broadcast of “The Late Show” for crude jokes made about her and her teen daughters last week.
Irving Dejohn / NY Daily News:
‘Fire Dave!’:  Crowd lines up to protest Letterman's ‘Late Show’ Palin joke
Views from the Occident:
Confirmed: Montazeri Questions Election Results, Supports Peaceful Protests, Condemns Violence  —  Grand Ayatullah Husayn (Hossein) 'Ali Montazeri has issued a statement supporting peaceful protests to “claim rights”, condemned the violence, and called the Iranian presidential election results into question.
Discussion: niacINsight
Washington Post:
Calif. Aid Request Spurned By U.S.  —  The Obama administration has turned back pleas for emergency aid from one of the biggest remaining threats to the economy — the state of California.  —  Top state officials have gone hat in hand to the administration, armed with dire warnings of a fast-approaching …
Fox News:
Carter to Obama: Remove Hamas From Terror List  —  Former President Jimmy Carter says he will ask the Obama administration to remove the militant Palestinian group from the U.S.-designated terror list, just as Hamas says it foiled a bomb plot against Carter..
Networked Culture:
iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners  —  The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through twitter.  — Do NOT publicise proxy IP's over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Andrew Sullivan, who probably has more readers than any other solo political blogger, wrote yesterday that he thought he might be the subject of a denial-of-service attack, as a pro-opposition Iranian site said it was.  —  In fact, his blog was just loading slowly because of the massive surge of traffic.
Oops!  President Obama confuses right, left  —  (CNN) — President Obama is so busy these days dealing with pressing foreign policy issues like Iran and North Korea, that he can't seem to tell his right from his left.  —  After holding a bilateral meeting in the Oval office …
Bernard-Henri Levy / The New Republic:
What We Can Do In Iran  —  Massive cheating or not?  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Morse and Makovsky: “Why Congress's Sanctions Against Iran Won't Work” (5/29/09)  —  A new kind of coup d'etat or not?  —  How do we interpret this strange election whose results were announced by the press affiliated …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Gorman Gorman / The Note:
McCain: “Scrap” Health Care Bill And Start Over  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, called on President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “scrap the current [healthcare] bill and start over.”  —  McCain pointed to a nonpartisan cost estimate of $1 trillion …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocon Egomania on Iran  —  Thanks to John McCain's campaign finance reform legislation it was a bit difficult for me, legally speaking, to state this point clearly back during the campaign but now that we're not within the BCRA window of any election he's participating in we can say clearly …
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Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
Key Obama Ally Says President Obama Did Not Follow the Law in IG Firing
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
DeMint ‘convinced’ Rubio can take down Crist in 2010
Matthew Benjamin / Bloomberg:
Obama Says U.S. Jobless Rate to Reach 10% This Year
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: Keller of ‘NYT’ in Iran: ‘The Iranians Watch Us Closely’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
Detroit News:
Sources: Monica Conyers considers plea deal in City Hall corruption case
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who Controls Iran's Military And How Big Is It?
Tim Cavanaugh / Reason:
Dr. Krugman: This Patient Needs More Bloodletting
Discussion: Dealscape