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12:30 PM ET, June 17, 2009


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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iran's senior ayatollah slams election, confirming split  —  Mousavi supporters streaming down Vali Asr Street in Tehran Tuesday.  —  TEHRAN, Iran — Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main rival in the disputed presidential election, Mir Hossein Mousavi …
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mousavi calls day of mourning for Iran dead
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H.: Fired IG ‘confused, disoriented’  —  President Barack Obama removed a government agency's internal watchdog last week and plans to fire him in part because he was “confused” and “disoriented” at a meeting last month, the White House said in a letter to Congress Tuesday night.
The Politico:
Rural Dems have beef with Obama  —  Angered by White House decisions on everything from greenhouse gases to car dealerships, congressional Democrats from rural districts are threatening to revolt against parts of President Barack Obama's ambitious first-year agenda.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama playing hardball on Walpin as key Dem calls foul
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
White House Plays Hardball; Says Fired IG Walpin Was “Confused …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
U.S. to Extend Its Job Benefits to Gay Partners  —  President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum on Wednesday to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, administration officials said Tuesday evening, but he will stop short of pledging full health insurance coverage.
Lane Hudson / The Huffington Post:
The Gay Guide to Obama's remarks today
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BREAKING: HRC official & former top Clinton aide pull out of DNC …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Draft Details New Rules for Markets
Discussion: Washington Post
Obama Sees 10% Unemployment Rate, Chides Wall Street Critics
Discussion: The Caucus
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ensign Acknowledges Extramarital Affair  —  UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: In a press conference moments ago, Ensign admitted the affair but seemed resolved to remain in political life.  “Last year I had an affair,” said Ensign.  “I violated the vows of my marriage.”  Ensign did not name the woman …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Station Break with Paul Farhi: The Letterman-Palin Smackdown
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dem, GOP centrists meet in secret  —  Centrist House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are working together privately on healthcare reform.  —  The talks have been so secretive and politically sensitive that some members interviewed by The Hill refused to name other legislators involved in the bipartisan effort.
New York Times:
E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama takes aim at Fox News  —  (CNN) - Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.  —  “It's very hard for me to swallow that one,” Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama envoy to meet Israeli leader
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Iran widens jamming of BBC
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Agence France Presse:
Dollar drops on reserve currency doubts
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Will Collier:
Welcome Back, Carter  —  Somebody cue up “My Sharona” or “Le Freak.”
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Rep. Maloney takes aim at Sen. Gillibrand's ‘character’
 Earlier Items: 
Winston / The Spirit of Man:
Updates from Tehran  —  Just talked to a pro-Mousavi contact in Tehran.
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Please Don't Fire Sherri Goforth; She's Just Pus on a Festering Wound
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How Will We Pay For The Health Care Plan?
Megan McArdle:
The Politics of Controlled Crisis
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