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4:05 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.
Discussion: QandO
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A ‘PRESCRIPTION’ FOR A MANUFACTURED CONTROVERSY. …
Discussion: Don Surber
ABCNEWS:
Share Your Thoughts on Health Care With President Obama
Discussion: The Caucus
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Latest Updates on Iran's Disputed Election  —  To supplement reporting from New York Times correspondents inside Iran, The Lede will continue to track the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential election online, as we have for the last several days.  Please refresh this page throughout …
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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.
Networked Culture:
iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners  —  The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through twitter.  — Do NOT publicise proxy IP's over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag.
Jim_robbins / The washington times Blogs:
Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
In Iran, an Iron Cleric, Now Blinking
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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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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Gorman Gorman / The Note:
McCain: “Scrap” Health Care Bill And Start Over
Discussion: The Politico
Gorman Gorman / Political Punch:
After CBO Analysis, White House Distances Self From Kennedy Bill
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
GOP Pushed For Incomplete Health Care Study, Then Politicized It: Hill Dems
Discussion: The Hill, Hullabaloo and NOW! Blog
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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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 …
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Stamp Is on Finance Rules
CNN:
Oops!  President Obama confuses right, left  —  (CNN) — President Obama is so busy these days dealing with pressing foreign policy issues like Iran and North Korea, that he can't seem to tell his right from his left.  —  After holding a bilateral meeting in the Oval office …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to create new agency
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, The Swamp and Wonk Room
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..
Sue Pleming / Reuters:
U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department contacted the social networking service Twitter over the weekend to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that could have cut daytime service to Iranians, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Deafening Silence  —  I haven't emphasized enough a key fact of the resistance so far.
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Megan McArdle:
The Laffer Curve of the Left
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Associated Press:
Bob Bogle of The Ventures Dies at 75
Tim Cavanaugh / Reason:
Dr. Krugman: This Patient Needs More Bloodletting
Discussion: Dealscape and Vox Popoli
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Executive order might block abuse photos' release
Discussion: TalkLeft and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Democracy in America  —  Continuing on yesterday's theme …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Guardian
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Ross effect  —  Administration officials confirmed last night …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Hill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocon Egomania on Iran
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Analysis: Doctors' boos show Obama's tough road
Discussion: QandO