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9:35 AM ET, June 16, 2009

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Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
So How's it Going in Iran?  —  To start with, the BBC, long considered a shill for the regime by most Iranian dissidents, estimates between one and two million Tehranis demonstrated against the regime on Monday.  That's a big number.  So we can say that, at least for the moment, there is a revolutionary mass in the streets of Tehran.
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Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election  —  Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Unrest in Iran forces Obama's hand  —  The images of massive protests and beaten students in the streets of Tehran, Iran, forced an initially reluctant President Barack Obama to speak out sharply against the crackdown and to raise doubts about the election's outcome.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor faces off with White House over Iran  —  The White House maintained its cautious tone on the disputed election and subsequent upheaval in Iran on Monday, while a GOP leader lashed out at “the administration's silence.”  —  Meeting with the press before President Obama's speech …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
David Blair / Telegraph:
Iran to hold election recount in wake of protests
Jonathan Beale / BBC:   Obama's caution  —  It took President Obama until Monday evening …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: State Dep't refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown …
Aljazeera:
‘One shot dead’ at Iran protest
Discussion: Reuters, Salon, Chicago Boyz and Truthdig
Joe Adalian / TVBizwire:
Dave: I Take ‘Full Responsibilty’ For ‘Beyond Flawed’ Palin Joke, and I'm Sorry  —  David Letterman is making a full-throated apology for his controversial joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter.  —  During a taping of tonight's edition of his CBS “Late Show,” Letterman went much further …
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Jimmy Arone / Big Hollywood:
Real Time, Real Man: Maher Takes His Shot at Palin  —  Here we go again.  —  During his opening monologue on ‘Real Time’ Friday night, Bill Maher, couldn't resist piling on to the David Letterman controversy and the sex jokes made by him earlier in the week regarding Sarah Palin's daughter.
The Live Feed:
Letterman re-addresses Palin: ‘I had no idea [Willow] was there’  —  David Letterman re-addressed the controversy surrounding his jokes about Sarah Palin's family during the taping of CBS' “Late Show” on Monday.  —  Letterman said he had no idea Palin was at the Yankees game with her 14-year-old daughter …
Tim Molloy / TVGuide.com:
Letterman's Palin Joke Costs CBS an Advertiser, Spawns Campaign for His Firing  —  David Letterman's comments about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and one of her daughters has prompted a hotel chain to pull its advertising on CBS' website — and spawned a campaign to fire the Late Show host that includes a planned protest outside his studio.
NPR:
Sebelius: Single-Payer Health Care Not In Plans  —  · As lawmakers on Capitol Hill hammer out legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that a single-payer option is not on the table.  —  “This is not a trick.
Discussion: The Swamp and Crooks and Liars
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U.S. Senator Mark Warner:
Enhancing health care choices for seniors
Scott E. Harrington / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Public Plan’ Would Be the Only Plan  —  It's impossible …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Left in the West
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
As Byrd improves, Democrats fret  —  The health of 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been a delicate, often off-limits topic in the Senate — but Democrats, in need of every vote to pass health care and energy reforms, are expressing concerns about his extended hospitalization.
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Analysis: Doctors' boos show Obama's tough road … WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama isn't used to hearing boos.  —  For all the young president's popularity, the response he got Monday from doctors at an American Medical Association meeting was a sign his road is only going to get rockier …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Down Time Rescheduled  —  A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter.  In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight.  However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.
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 …
New York Times:
A Bad Call on Gay Rights  —  The Obama administration, which came to office promising to protect gay rights but so far has not done much, actually struck a blow for the other side last week.  It submitted a disturbing brief in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the law that protects …
New Jersey Online:
White House officials express concern about Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election bid  —  National Democratic leaders have their eyes on the New Jersey governor's race - and they don't like what they're seeing.  —  With recent polls showing Gov. Jon Corzine falling behind Republican challenger Chris Christie …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Despite vote doubts, violence, Obama still vows talks with Iran regime  —  After a morning trip to Chicago for a healthcare reform speech to the nation's doctors who belong to the American Medical Assn. and an afternoon meeting with Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Obama said today …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Volokh Conspiracy
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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Agrees to Partial Recount of Disputed Ballots  —  TEHRAN — Less than 24 hours after the largest demonstrations here since the 1979 revolution and the reported deaths of seven protesters, Iran's Guardian Council said Tuesday it was prepared to order a recount of disputed ballots …
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
In reversal, GOP balks at war funding
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Iran Update  —  You've probably seen the reports of the shooting …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Getting Out Of The Way  —  I know why some believe that the president …
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