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5:05 PM ET, June 16, 2009


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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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Caucus and QandO
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A ‘PRESCRIPTION’ FOR A MANUFACTURED CONTROVERSY.... A week from tomorrow, President Obama will sit down with ABC News' Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer for a prime-time discussion on health care policy.  It's scheduled to be called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.”
Discussion: Don Surber
Dan / Riehl World View:
State Controlled Media Has Arrived
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 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.
Iran ‘to hold election recount’  —  Iran's powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday's presidential poll.  —  Moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has contested President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, alleging widespread fraud.
Jim_robbins / The washington times Blogs:
Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran
Iran opposition keeps up pressure
Wall Street Journal:
Bloody Day on Iran's Streets
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Digits
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the War Supplemental  —  We can all recall the days when voting against an emergency war supplemental bill was the most evil and un-American thing ever: … Beyond the pure hypocrisy play, it's worth observing that this is a really bad reason to vote against the bill.
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Come help us demonstrate our lack of support for the troops
Discussion: Hot Air
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Stimulus serves up Obama pork  —  It became a sort of poster child for fiscal responsibility — a clean-coal power plant in Illinois that was one of then-Sen. Barack Obama's pet projects.  —  Democrats insisted they were so serious about keeping pork out of the stimulus bill …
Discussion: Wizbang
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama reiterates Iran ‘deep concens’
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
President Obama Reiterates Concern About Iran's Election
Discussion: The Confluence
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to create new agency
Discussion:, The Swamp and Wonk Room
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Gorman Gorman / Political Punch:
After CBO Analysis, White House Distances Self From Kennedy Bill
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and SCSUScholars
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 …
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.
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..
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Takes A Stand
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “Bomb Iran” contingent's newfound concern for The Iranian People  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  I'm going to leave the debate about whether Iran's election was “stolen” and the domestic implications within Iran to people who actually know what they're talking about …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bush's Man In Iran Lauds Obama's Handling Of Iran Crisis  —  John McCain and other Republicans and conservatives have been hammering away at Obama's handling of the Iran crisis, saying that it has been insufficiently aggressive.  This morning, McCain demanded that Obama “condemn the sham …
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Sources: Monica Conyers considers plea deal in City Hall corruption case
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Andrew Sullivan, who probably has more readers than any other …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who Controls Iran's Military And How Big Is It?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Deafening Silence  —  I haven't emphasized enough a key fact of the resistance so far.
FOX Forum:
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Discussion: Dealscape and Vox Popoli
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sestak Staffing Up For Senate Race Against Specter
Discussion: Swing State Project