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2:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Obama's Conundrum: Shunning Iran's Opposition
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
A Disgrace  —  In an interview with CNBC yesterday …
Discussion: and Commentary
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
More Neocon Buffoonery
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sabina Amidi / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas helping Iran crush dissent’
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran accuses US of interference in election feud
Iran widens jamming of BBC
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.
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Fired IG Calls White House Explanation ‘Baseless,’ Says He's Being Targeted  —  Gerald Walpin, who until last week was the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, tells that part of President Obama's explanation for firing him was a “total lie” …
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Fired AmeriCorps IG responds: White House charges are false
Discussion: Althouse and Riehl World View
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Blueprint Deepens Federal Role in Markets  —  Plan to Overhaul Financial Regulation Focuses on Consumer Protection, Risk  —  The Obama administration last night detailed a series of proposals to involve the government more deeply in private markets, from helping to steer borrowers …
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.
Your View / Harry's Place:
Ahmadinejad's Millions of Photoshopped Supporters  —  With the world press confined to quarters, and only the Islamic Republic's propaganda station, Press TV reporting on what is happening, it is difficult to get a clear picture of whether there is any real support for the regime and Ahmedinejad's candidacy.
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
The Ensign affair vs. the Conyers case  —  Ugh.  What a wretched dog.  GOP Sen. John Ensign of Nevada cheated on his beautiful wife — the mother of his three children — with a campaign aide who was married to one of his Senate staffers.  He rode his high horse as a guardian of marriage and Promise Keepers.
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Pete Kotz / Nashville Scene:
Please Don't Fire Sherri Goforth; She's Just Pus on a Festering Wound  —  It is easy, maybe proper, to call for the firing of Sherri Goforth after she sent a racist email from the office of Senator Diane Black.  Yes, it's hard to see your good tax money supporting a half-wit bigot.  But please don't fire her.
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan McArdle:
The Politics of Controlled Crisis  —  Longtime AI commenter John Thacker, at Marginal Revolution: … I have asked this question a number of times, less pithily.  Few wonks are even willing to acknowledge that expanding a program does not usually make it then easier to reform.
Conor Friedersdorf / Ideas Special Report:
When Talk Radio Rants Go Wrong  —  In an earlier post, I promised to grapple with the way political ideas spread.  The medium that's interested me most lately is talk radio.  Though every host is different, I've spent some time listening to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurers refuse to limit rescission of coverage  —  Workers received high marks on performance reviews after policies were rescinded, documents show.  The health insurer denies the practice is a factor in evaluations.  —  Blue Cross of California encouraged employees through performance evaluations …
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Obama takes aim at Fox News
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Will Collier:
Welcome Back, Carter  —  Somebody cue up “My Sharona” or “Le Freak.”
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Obama Aspires to a ‘Light Touch,’ Not a Heavy Hand
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Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Rep. Maloney takes aim at Sen. Gillibrand's ‘character’
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