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10:15 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.
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Agrees to Partial Recount of Disputed Ballots  —  TEHRAN — Less than 24 hours after the largest demonstrations here since the 1979 revolution and the reported deaths of seven protesters, Iran's Guardian Council said Tuesday it was prepared to order a recount of disputed ballots …
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.
Boston Globe:
Iran's Disputed Election  —  Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
As Byrd improves, Democrats fret  —  The health of 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been a delicate, often off-limits topic in the Senate — but Democrats, in need of every vote to pass health care and energy reforms, are expressing concerns about his extended hospitalization.
David Blair / Telegraph:
Iran to hold election recount in wake of protests
Iran to recount disputed election votes
Discussion: A Blog For All, MSNBC and Salon
Jim_robbins / The washington times Blogs:
Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran
Discussion: Hot Air and Nice Deb
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama's Message to Iran
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 …
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 /
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’
Discussion: The Politico, Newsday and Daily Dose
Palin Accepts Letterman's Apology
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 …
Laura Secor / News Desk:
Why Tehran Matters  —  The Iranian blogosphere, Facebook, and indispensable English-language Web sites like Tehran Bureau and NIAC Insight are streaming with video footage of chaos in the streets of Iranian cities, and with updates from Iranian observers on the scenes of mayhem …
The Daily Beast:
How Iran's Hackers Killed Big Brother
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
New Jersey Online:
White House officials express concern about Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election bid  —  National Democratic leaders have their eyes on the New Jersey governor's race - and they don't like what they're seeing.  —  With recent polls showing Gov. Jon Corzine falling behind Republican challenger Chris Christie …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:   N.J. GOP sees Corzine as vulnerable
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Detainee says he lied to CIA in harsh interrogations  —  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told the U.S. military that he made up stories, documents show.  The news could intensify the debate over interrogations.
Washington Post:   CIA Says It Misjudged Role of High-Value Detainee Abu Zubaida, Transcript Shows
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 …
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.
Sebelius: Single-Payer Health Care Not In Plans  —  · As lawmakers on Capitol Hill hammer out legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that a single-payer option is not on the table.  —  “This is not a trick.
Discussion: The Swamp and Crooks and Liars
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In reversal, GOP balks at war funding
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Western states want reins on federal power
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Tennessee Expands Gun Rights
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Eliminationist gear at Cafe Press: Scott Roeder is an American Hero …
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
State GOP staffer sends racist image of Obama.