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11:40 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.
New York Times:
Opposition in Iran Rejects Call for Partial Recount  —  A video grab from the Arabic-language official Al-Alam television showing supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rallying in Valiasr Square in central Tehran on Tuesday.  Iran issued rules for the foreign media limiting coverage of the protests.
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
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama's Message to Iran
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
Iran Cracks Down On Foreign Media
Discussion: Alas, a blog
David Blair / Telegraph:
Iran to hold election recount in wake of protests
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 …
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.
Palin Accepts Letterman's Apology  —  Palin Cites Right of Free Speech for Letterman, Hopes ‘Men Who Joke’ Like That ‘Evolve’  —  Gov. Sarah Palin released a statement accepting television host David Letterman's apology for what he called a “bad joke” about Palin's teenage daughter.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Letterman's Palin apology: ‘Perception’
Scott Collins / Show Tracker:
Letterman apologizes for joke, but Palin supporters vow to continue fight
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.
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 …
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 …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Mayors steamed by W.H. no-show  —  America's big-city mayors are steaming over what they view as “a very dangerous precedent” set by the Obama administration in its decision to shun the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Providence, R.I., this week.
Discussion: Hot Air and Democracy in America
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:   As Byrd improves, Democrats fret
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Stimulus serves up Obama pork
Discussion: Wizbang
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 …
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..
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Analysis: Doctors' boos show Obama's tough road … WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama isn't used to hearing boos.  —  For all the young president's popularity, the response he got Monday from doctors at an American Medical Association meeting was a sign his road is only going to get rockier …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Malpractice Gesture
Discussion: Donklephant and Betsy's Page
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 …
The Daily Beast:
How Iran's Hackers Killed Big Brother
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 …
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 …
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