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5:15 PM ET, June 17, 2009

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ABC News:
Extraordinary scenes: Robert Fisk in Iran  —  The long-standing Middle East correspondent for The Independent, Robert Fisk, is defying the government crackdown on foreign media reporting in Iran.  —  As he explains, he has been travelling around the streets of Tehran all day and most of the night and things are far from quiet:
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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Bracing for New Protests, Iran Issues Media Warning  —  TEHRAN — Tehran braced for a possible third day of defiance by opposition supporters on Wednesday after Iran's leaders failed to halt huge demonstrations against last week's disputed election results.  —  Placed on the defensive …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Obama's Conundrum: Shunning Iran's Opposition  —  The turmoil in Iran since last week's election has confused the foreign policy debate here in the United States in interesting ways.  Supporters of President Obama, who until very recently had railed against the Bush administration's …
Sabina Amidi / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas helping Iran crush dissent’  —  Palestinian Hamas members are helping the Iranian authorities crush street protests in support of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, two protesters told The Jerusalem Post On Tuesday.  —  They made their allegations as rioting …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
We don't have Mousavi supporters, it's now all of Iran...  Report on Tuesday's Demonstration for Mousavi in Tehran from an eyewitness.  Again, I was sent this by an academic, but will not give the name to avoid any repercussions for the individual.  —  Today, under slate skies …
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Open Letter To Robert Kagan  —  First, let me just express sympathy for your situation.  These last years have been extraordinarily unkind to your grand theories about the transformative potential of American explosives.  President Bush's “global war on terror,” the invasion of Iraq …
BBC:
Fresh rally takes place in Tehran  —  BBC Persian TV's Saeed Barzin describes the protests in Tehran  —  Tens of thousands of people have again taken to the streets in Iran's capital Tehran in protest at election results.  —  It follows a call by presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi for further peaceful demonstrations.
Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Accuses U.S. of ‘Intolerable’ Meddling  —  Recount Set as Iran Seethes  —  A picture posted on Twitter's photo-sharing website TwitPic by the user madyar shows supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi marching on Krimkhan Bridge during a rally in Tehran on Wednesday.
Discussion: Informed Comment and Hot Air
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Is Obama Secretly Rooting Against Iran's Liberals?
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran accuses US of interference in election feud
Discussion: Guardian and YouTube Blog
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Out of Washington, Edwards Finds Worries Remain  —  John Edwards says he has few illusions.  He knows the picture many Americans hold of him is not a pretty one.  He also knows that even before he was engulfed in tabloid scandal, his electoral appeal had limits.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Dems reel on healthcare  —  Congressional Democrats and the White House are scrambling to regain their footing after a series of setbacks has stalled political momentum to reform the nation's healthcare system.  —  Despite having a popular president in the White House and comfortable majorities in Congress …
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Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Healthcare: Hagan, Bingaman Holding Up Public Plan in HELP Committee
Discussion: Congress Matters
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Fired AmeriCorps IG responds: White House charges are false  —  Fired AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin strongly denies the White House's claim that he was “confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions” at a May 20, 2009 board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service …
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CNN:
Letterman protest draws more media than activists  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A protest rally against David Letterman over a failed joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter attracted more members of the media than protesters Tuesday afternoon.  —  A crowd of 15 protesters upset …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Nathan Bedford Forrest Has Beautiful Eyes  —  Of the many reckonings that black people of honest political consciousness must endure, the appointment with black slavery is the most agonizing.  I don't mean the appointment with the notion of white people as the enslavers of our ancestors …
Discussion: Lean Left
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
More Neocon Buffoonery  —  You would think that the Neocons would be a tad temperate after having gotten so many things wrong for so long.  But look at the way the amiable Weekly Standard writer and Dick Cheney biographer, Steven Hayes, takes a shot at President Obama for insufficiently supporting the protesters in Iran.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
A Disgrace  —  In an interview with CNBC yesterday …
Discussion: CNBC.com and Commentary
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ensign resigns leadership post  —  Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has resigned as the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, quitting his leadership post the day after he announced he had an extramarital affair.  —  “He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized …
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Michelle Malkin:
The Ensign affair vs. the Conyers case
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bachmann Boasts About Breaking The Law: I'm Refusing To Fill Out The Census  —  Next year, the 2010 Census will be sent to every American household, as required by the U.S. Constitution.  The far right has issued dire warnings of the Census; on a May 29th episode of Bill Bennett's radio show …
Discussion: Washington Times and TPMDC
Tom Elia / The New Editor:
Maureen Dowd Thinks You're an Idiot  —  The New York Times' Maureen Dowd has written a piece that seems to indicate that President and Mrs. Obama are responsible for providing the rest of the nation with good examples of how we should eat.  —  Seriously.  —  Dowd writes:
Discussion: Right Wing News and Bookworm Room
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Hold the Fries  —  Even as he grows arugula in the White House …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
UPDATED: Culberson: House GOP just like Iran dissidents  —  House Republicans are using Twitter to expose oppression just like Iranian dissidents, according to Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.).  The Texas Republican just tweeted: Good to see Iranian people move mountains w social media …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Sandra Tsing Loh / The Atlantic Online:
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off  —  SADLY, AND TO my horror, I am divorcing.  This was a 20-year partnership.  My husband is a good man, though he did travel 20 weeks a year for work.  I am a 47-year-old woman whose commitment to monogamy, at the very end, came unglued.  This turn of events was a surprise.
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IRAN AND THE VEIL.  —  Photo from Tehran by Farhad Rajabali, via Flickr  —  The photos coming out of Tehran demonstrate, movingly and beautifully, that women are on the front lines of the protests taking place there, veils and all.  The images reminded me of President Obama's focus …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
I'm pretty sure this is why Juan Williams isn't allowed to associate himself with NPR when he appears on The O'Reilly Factor  —  If folks didn't see this clip from Monday night, it's a beaut.  Not only does the reliable O'Reilly backstop Juan Williams eagerly assure the host that he was right …
CNN:
Iran's soccer team wears symbolic green bands  —  TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Members of Iran's national soccer team wore green arm and wrist bands Wednesday during their World Cup qualifying match against South Korea.  —  The team does not normally wear green bands.
 
 
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