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7:20 AM ET, June 16, 2009


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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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Cantor faces off with White House over Iran  —  The White House maintained its cautious tone on the disputed election and subsequent upheaval in Iran on Monday, while a GOP leader lashed out at “the administration's silence.”  —  Meeting with the press before President Obama's speech …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: State Dep't refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown; Update: 2 to 3 million at rally  —  So says Fox News, via the Standard.  Lefties keep assuring me on Twitter that western meddling will only make it easier for the regime to demonize the protesters, but (a) the demonization's …
Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
So How's it Going in Iran?
Discussion: BBC and The Spirit of Man
David Blair / Telegraph:
Iran to hold election recount in wake of protests
Discussion: Informed Comment and Truthdig
Laura Secor / News Desk:
Why Tehran Matters  —  The Iranian blogosphere, Facebook …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
The Live Feed:
Letterman re-addresses Palin: ‘I had no idea [Willow] was there’  —  David Letterman re-addressed the controversy surrounding his jokes about Sarah Palin's family during the taping of CBS' “Late Show” on Monday.  —  Letterman said he had no idea Palin was at the Yankees game with her 14-year-old daughter …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Letterman Apologizes — Again — to Governor Palin and Her Family  —  David Letterman directly apologized to Gov Sarah Palin and her daughters on his program Monday night, saying he took responsibility for a joke that had offended Ms. Palin, her family, and her supporters.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain Doesn't Know That Other Countries' Gov't-Run Systems Are More Efficient Than U.S.  —  Today, President Obama spoke before the American Medical Association about the immediate need for far-reaching health care reform.  He insisted that one of the options presented to Americans …
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
AMA to Obama: Feh.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Don Surber
The Huffington Post:   Obama Takes Up Public Health Care Option In AMA Speech
Stanley B. Greenberg / The New Republic:
Repeat the Question  —  Why health care reform could fail again.
Discussion: American Thinker and Maggie's Farm
Christian Grantham / Nashville Is Talking:
Sen Diane Black's (R-Gallatin) legislative aid circulates racist email  —  Newscoma posted details of a racist email sent from Sherri Goforth, legislative aid for Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin).  The email depicts the Presidents of the United States with President Barack Obama as a pair of eyes in a black background.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
South Carolina GOP Operative Apologizes For Racist Tweet Against Obama
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Senator endorses Crist opponent  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is set to become the first sitting Republican senator to back Marco Rubio's long-shot candidacy against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary, the latest sign of conservative unrest over the Washington establishment's support of the Florida governor.
Discussion: The Fix, Daily Kos and Not One Red Cent
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Despite vote doubts, violence, Obama still vows talks with Iran regime  —  After a morning trip to Chicago for a healthcare reform speech to the nation's doctors who belong to the American Medical Assn. and an afternoon meeting with Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Obama said today …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Fox News:
Cheney: I Hope Panetta Was ‘Misquoted’ in Claiming My Wish for Attack  —  After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his “old friend” didn't really say those words.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Also, I'll Have Kale, Spinach and Peas For Dinner  —  God love Sullivan, because I know his heart is in the right place: … If someone can give me one legitimate piece of evidence that wearing green boxers is going to help bring democracy to Iran, so help me I'll wear plaid from head to toe and shoot for world peace.
CSRT CENSORSHIP  —  The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the release of un-redacted transcripts of Guantánamo Bay prisoners describing abuse and torture suffered in CIA custody.  The lawsuit follows a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking transcripts …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Eliminationist gear at Cafe Press: Scott Roeder is an American Hero and shoot Obama stuff for sale  —  The Eliminationists are having a nice time over at Cafe Press.  Here's some of Mad Max Market's designs.  The man who murdered Dr. Tiller, Scott Roeder is an American Hero now and Having …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Sen. Reid: No Sponsors for DADT  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaking at a press conference Monday said he has no plans to introduce a bill to repeal “don't ask, don't tell” in the Senate.  —  “I haven't identified any sponsors,” he said.  “My hope is that it can be done administratively.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Some News  —  I will soon be stepping aside as editor of National Review Online.  I'm not going too far.  I'll still be contributing to NRO with ideas and content, and if you are an author or reader you might not notice much of a change.  I'll probably still be bugging you for pieces …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Iran Update  —  You've probably seen the reports of the shooting …
Discussion: Aljazeera and Associated Press
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Tennessee Expands Gun Rights
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Basij open fire on crowd, kill protesters in cold blood
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and The Corner
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Steelman backs off Senate primary vs. Blunt, turns focus to House seat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Getting Out Of The Way  —  I know why some believe that the president …
Discussion: Swampland and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Scott E. Harrington / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Public Plan’ Would Be the Only Plan  —  It's impossible …
Discussion: and Left in the West
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman: It's Not About Me …
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Is Sonia Sotomayor Mean?