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11:10 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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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.
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.
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.
Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election
BBC:
Seven killed during Iran protest
Discussion: Payvand Iran News
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Mayors steamed by W.H. no-show
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:   As Byrd improves, Democrats fret
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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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.
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.
Tim Molloy / seattlepi.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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Letterman's Palin apology: ‘Perception’
ABCNEWS:
Palin Accepts Letterman's Apology
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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Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Repeat After Me: This Is Only a Partial Estimate  —  Imagine you were designing your dream house and got an architect's estimate for the building cost, only it was based on a design that lacked wiring, plumbing, and a roof—and assumed you'd need have to pay three different contractors instead of one.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Malpractice Gesture  —  President Obama mentioned the medical liability problem yesterday, and it says something about health-care orthodoxies that even this political gesture sent his usual allies into a fluster.  We suppose this is progress — though there's a reason cannier Democrats are smiling.
Discussion: Donklephant and Betsy's Page
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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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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 …
New York Times:
Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online  —  As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians …
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The Daily Beast:
How Iran's Hackers Killed Big Brother
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What would have happened if the “Bomb Iran” contingent had its way?  —  (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 …
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.
 
 
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