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6:55 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 FishBowlDC
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 and QandO
Dan / Riehl World View:
State Controlled Media Has Arrived
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 …
The New Republic:
Khamenei on the Ropes?  —  Robert Baer served in the CIA …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jim_robbins / The washington times Blogs:
Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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.
The Politico:
Ensign to admit affair; sources say blackmail involved  —  Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign has told colleagues that he plans to admit an extramarital affair, a senior Republican official tells POLITICO.  —  Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began …
Discussion: The Note and Gawker
Ncarlile / Think Progress:   FLASHBACK: Ensign Called On Clinton To Resign After Admitting Affair …
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 …
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, AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
Kristina Wong / The Note:
Sen. Baucus's Healthcare Proposal: ‘Less Than a Trillion Dollars and Paid For’
Gorman Gorman / Political Punch:
After CBO Analysis, White House Distances Self From Kennedy Bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, SCSUScholars and Hot Air
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Takes A Stand  —  The reformist cleric in Qom, and once the designated successor to Khomeini, issues this statement.  It may buttress the resistance's claim that they represent the Islamic revoltuion and the regime represents a coup:
Views from the Occident:
Confirmed: Montazeri Questions Election Results, Supports Peaceful …
Discussion: Hot Air and niacINsight
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.
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.
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..
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 …
Matthew Benjamin / Bloomberg:
Obama Says U.S. Jobless Rate to Reach 10% This Year  —  President Barack Obama said the U.S. unemployment rate will reach 10 percent this year, even as the economy begins to emerge from the recession.  —  “You're starting to see the engines of the economy turn,” Obama said today in an interview …
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 …
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
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IRANIANS ARE PROTESTING AN ELECTION, NOT THE ISLAMIC STATE.  —  Among Mousavi supporters, a ritual is emerging: Each night, folks open their windows or step out on balconies at a coordinated time, shouting “Allah-o-akbar!”  The phrase means, “God is Great,” and as Ali Gharib writes at Mondoweiss …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and ATTACKERMAN
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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Joe Klein / Swampland:
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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Al From Won  —  This past March, in a private meeting …
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
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.
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Discussion: Dealscape and Vox Popoli
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Stimulus serves up Obama pork
Discussion: Blog and Wizbang
Washington Post:
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