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1:55 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!
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Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Obama blocks access to White House visitor list  —  Taking Bush's position, administration denies msnbc.com request for logs  —  The Obama White House has denied requests by msnbc.com 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.
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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BBC:
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.
New York Times:
Recount Offer Fails to Quell Political Tumult in Iran  —  TEHRAN — Tens of thousands of Iranians gathered in the streets here on Tuesday for a second day of mass demonstrations protesting the official results of Friday's presidential election, unsatisfied by a top government panel's agreement to conduct a partial recount.
Jim_robbins / The washington times Blogs:
Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran  —  According to the Cyrus News Agency, Tuesday morning 16 senior members of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were arrested.  “These commanders have been in contact with members of the Iranian army to join the people's movement,” CNA reports.
Los Angeles Times:
In Iran, rival factions rally after days of unrest
Discussion: Salon, BBC, MSNBC and Informed Comment
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.
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Joe Adalian / TVBizwire:
Dave: I Take ‘Full Responsibilty’ for ‘Beyond Flawed’ Palin Joke, and I'm Sorry
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Letterman's Palin apology: ‘Perception’
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 …
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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.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Mayors steamed by W.H. no-show
Discussion: Hot Air and Democracy in America
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:   As Byrd improves, Democrats fret
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to create new agency
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Wonk Room
Ezra Klein:
The CBO's Assumptions  —  Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office returned a fairly devastating estimate of Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) Affordable Health Choices Act.  According to the agency, the bill would cost a hefty trillion dollars over 10 years and extend insurance to a mere 16 million people.
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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 …
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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..
Washington Post:
CIA Says It Misjudged Role of High-Value Detainee Abu Zubaida, Transcript Shows  —  An al-Qaeda associate captured by the CIA and subjected to harsh interrogation techniques said his jailers later told him they had mistakenly thought he was the No. 3 man in the organization's hierarchy …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's choice is not to choose on Iran  —  The president has an opportunity to stand up for democracy.  —  Do it, President Obama, please.  Take the side of democracy.  —  Declare yourself and your nation on the side of hope and change where it is more than a slogan and better than a rationalization for ever-bigger government.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Power Line
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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 …
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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Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Updated Supplemental Whip Count
Discussion: Congress Matters and Calitics
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to propose strict new regulation of financial industry
Discussion: Moonbattery
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Obama's Bank Revamp May Stall as Congress Tackles Rival Issues
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Democracy in America  —  Continuing on yesterday's theme …
Discussion: Guardian and Outside The Beltway
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Did Iraqi Democracy Influence Iran?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Ross effect  —  Administration officials confirmed last night …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Credit Bailout: Issuers Slashing Card Balances
Discussion: The Big Picture
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Analysis: Doctors' boos show Obama's tough road
Discussion: USA Today and QandO