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11:05 AM ET, June 17, 2009


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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
We don't have Mousavi supporters, it's now all of Iran...  Report on Tuesday's Demonstration for Mousavi in Tehran from an eyewitness.  Again, I was sent this by an academic, but will not give the name to avoid any repercussions for the individual.  —  Today, under slate skies …
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Bracing for New Protests, Iran Issues Media Warning  —  TEHRAN — Tehran braced for a possible third day of defiance by opposition supporters on Wednesday after Iran's leaders failed to halt huge demonstrations against last week's disputed election results.  —  Placed on the defensive …
BBC:   Fresh protest under way in Tehran
New York Times:
Iran's Hidden Revolution
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
The Ensign affair vs. the Conyers case  —  Ugh.  What a wretched dog.  GOP Sen. John Ensign of Nevada cheated on his beautiful wife — the mother of his three children — with a campaign aide who was married to one of his Senate staffers.  He rode his high horse as a guardian of marriage and Promise Keepers.
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Ensign acknowledges extramarital affair
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H.: Fired IG ‘confused, disoriented’  —  President Barack Obama removed a government agency's internal watchdog last week and plans to fire him in part because he was “confused” and “disoriented” at a meeting last month, the White House said in a letter to Congress Tuesday night.
The Politico:
Rural Dems have beef with Obama  —  Angered by White House decisions on everything from greenhouse gases to car dealerships, congressional Democrats from rural districts are threatening to revolt against parts of President Barack Obama's ambitious first-year agenda.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Obama playing hardball on Walpin as key Dem calls foul
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
U.S. to Extend Its Job Benefits to Gay Partners  —  President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum on Wednesday to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, administration officials said Tuesday evening, but he will stop short of pledging full health insurance coverage.
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
NYT: Obama admin's (lame) fed partner benefits plan designed …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Gist
Washington Post:
Obama Blueprint Deepens Federal Role in Markets  —  Plan to Overhaul Financial Regulation Focuses on Consumer Protection, Risk  —  The Obama administration last night detailed a series of proposals to involve the government more deeply in private markets, from helping to steer borrowers …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Dems reel on healthcare  —  Congressional Democrats and the White House are scrambling to regain their footing after a series of setbacks has stalled political momentum to reform the nation's healthcare system.  —  Despite having a popular president in the White House and comfortable majorities in Congress …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dem, GOP centrists meet in secret  —  Centrist House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are working together privately on healthcare reform.  —  The talks have been so secretive and politically sensitive that some members interviewed by The Hill refused to name other legislators involved in the bipartisan effort.
Letterman protest draws more media than activists  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A protest rally against David Letterman over a failed joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter attracted more members of the media than protesters Tuesday afternoon.  —  A crowd of 15 protesters upset …
Iran's soccer team wears symbolic green bands  —  TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Members of Iran's national soccer team wore green arm and wrist bands Wednesday during their World Cup qualifying match against South Korea.  —  The team does not normally wear green bands.
New York Times:
E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Obama's Conundrum: Shunning Iran's Opposition  —  The turmoil in Iran since last week's election has confused the foreign policy debate here in the United States in interesting ways.  Supporters of President Obama, who until very recently had railed against the Bush administration's …
Pete Kotz / Nashville Scene:
Please Don't Fire Sherri Goforth; She's Just Pus on a Festering Wound  —  It is easy, maybe proper, to call for the firing of Sherri Goforth after she sent a racist email from the office of Senator Diane Black.  Yes, it's hard to see your good tax money supporting a half-wit bigot.  But please don't fire her.
Transcript: Obama On The Economy, Iran  —  President Obama told CNBC on Tuesday that the US is not in danger of overregulating the economy and that the outcome of the Iranian election will not make that much difference in his adminstration's policies toward that country.
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Winston / The Spirit of Man:
Updates from Tehran  —  Just talked to a pro-Mousavi contact in Tehran.
Megan McArdle:
The Politics of Controlled Crisis
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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