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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Public Wary of Deficit, Economic Intervention  —  WASHINGTON — After a fairly smooth opening, President Barack Obama faces new concerns among the American public about the budget deficit and government intervention in the economy as he works to enact ambitious health and energy legislation …
MSNBC:
Poll: Public increasingly concerned about deficit  —  NBC/WSJ survey also shows concern over intervention in private sector  —  Poll: Is honeymoon over for Obama?  —  June 17: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that President Barack Obama is now being judged for the actions he's taking …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Hope and change: New WSJ poll shows America souring on Obamanomics?
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Outcry on Federal Same-Sex Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The package of domestic partnership benefits that President Obama established for federal workers on Wednesday drew the loudest protests from some of those it was intended to help, gay men and lesbians who criticized the move as too timid.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Balloon Juice
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The Politico:
Obama fails to quell gay uproar  —  President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday offering limited benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees failed to quell growing anger in the gay community that gay rights issues were getting short shrift at the White House.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Just Tell the World, ‘Go Hang’  —  Events in Iran catch President Obama flat-footed.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “Wading into Iranian politics, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday there appeared to be few policy differences between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and rival Mirhossein Mousavi,” Reuters reports.
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Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Fractures Her Elbow  —  The Secretary of State will undergo surgery to repair the damage next week  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell down on her way to the White House late Wednesday afternoon, fracturing her right elbow, her Counselor and Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills …
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
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Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Fractures Elbow in Fall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fractured her right elbow during a fall Wednesday, her chief of staff said.  —  Clinton was on her way to the White House when she fell and injured her elbow, chief of staff Cheryl Mills said in a statement released late Wednesday.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Day of Mourning, Protests, Called by Mousavi on Thursday  —  Mir-Hosain Mousavi, who maintains he won last Friday's presidential election despite official assertions that he lost 2 to 1 to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is calling for another rally Thursday, this time in part to honor the persons killed …
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gary's choices:
Is this another Iranian revolution?
Discussion: TPMCafe
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Why are Iranian police markings written in English?  —  Post-election protests continued in Tehran for the fifth day on Wednesday.  In many photos, riot police wear uniforms with the English word police on them.  Ambulances, too, bear the word ambulance in English.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Joseph Curl / Press Association:
Bush takes swipes at Obama policies  —  Defends interrogations  —  Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration's interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector not government will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.
Drudge Report:
ABC REFUSES OPPOSITION ADS DURING WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL  —  ABC is refusing to air paid ads during its White House health care presentation, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, including a paid-for alternative viewpoint!  —  The development comes a day after the network denied a request …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Home > Nation & World > Washington Whispers
Discussion: RedState
Chicago Tribune:
Senator questions firing of 3 inspectors general  —  Removal of 2 inspectors general prompts questions  —  WASHINGTON - — He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system.
Discussion: Riehl World View, Hot Air and Moe Lane
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Charles J. Brown / Undiplomatic:
Obama on Iran, McCain on His High Horse  —  Here's Obama's response to events in Iran.  As Spencer Ackerman notes, just about pitch-perfect:  —  Now look at what John McCain said in contrast: … Take a moment to think about how the current government in Iran is going to react to this …
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Barney Frank throws us under the bus.  Lauds incest brief.  Says language was appropriate.  —  Well, it seems a trip to the Oval Office is all openly gay congressman Barney Frank needs to stab his community in the back.  After criticizing the DOJ's anti-gay DOMA brief this morning …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Crying To God For Freedom  —  They may not have any cell-phones; or news.  They may be being squeezed off the web.  But they have their voices.  Through the darkness of the night, in the face of great force, sustained by unimaginable courage: listen to the audacity of hope:  —  God bless them.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cindy Moelis / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
President Obama Announces Appointments to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships  —  Washington, DC - Today, President Obama appointed 28 members to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.  This accomplished group of citizens representing a broad range of backgrounds …
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Healthcare CEOs Shoot Themselves in the Foot  —  Yesterday the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations decided to investigate the practice of recission.  This is when you pay your premiums for years to a healthcare insurer, then get sick, and then have your insurance cancelled.
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
An Interview With Paul Samuelson, Part One  —  I've spent the last six months, off and on, trying to interview Paul Samuelson.  Samuelson has a long list of accomplishments — A John Bates Clark Medal, a Nobel Prize — that I won't try to recap here.  But by most accounts he is responsible …
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Bailout Costs vs Big Historical Events  —  It is exceedingly difficult to convey exactly how much we are spending on all these bailouts.  Whenever I start talking trillions (versus mere billions), I get puzzled looks from people.  Humans have a hard time conceptualizing any number that large.
Discussion: Commentaries
Shawna Flavell / The PETA Files:
Obama and the Fly  —  Well, I guess it can't be said that President Obama wouldn't hurt a fly.  The commander in chief was recently pestered by a fly during an interview.  He swatted at the insect and killed the little guy instantly.  —  Believe it or not, we've actually been contacted …
Discussion: The Swamp and Tim Blair
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report on Bush Interrogation Policy ‘Weeks’ From Release, Holder Says  —  Probe Is Focused On Interrogation Program's Approval  —  A Justice Department report focusing on possible ethics violations by Bush administration lawyers who approved waterboarding of terrorism suspects is still …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary  —  Pennsylvania Senate Primary: Specter 51% Sestak 32%  —  Senator Arlen Specter leads Congressman Joe Sestak by 19 percentage points in an early look at the 2010 Democratic Senatorial Primary in Pennsylvania.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Months After Ted Stevens Debacle, Justice Department Corruption Unit in Disarray  —  Two months after prosecutors abandoned the criminal conviction of former senator Ted Stevens, the Justice Department unit that polices public corruption remains in chaos, coping with newly discovered evidence …
Discussion: Law Blog
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
Blair knew of secret policy on torture  —  Letter reveals former PM was aware of guidance to UK agents  —  Tony Blair was aware of the ­existence of a secret interrogation policy which ­effectively led to British citizens, and others, being ­tortured during ­counter-terrorism investigations, the Guardian can reveal.
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran election turnouts exceeded 100% in 30 towns, website reports  —  At least 200 polling stations across Iran had participation rates of 95% or above, say sources of centrist Auyandeh site  —  Turnouts of more than 100% were recorded in at least 30 Iranian towns in last week's disputed …
 
 
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Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
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‘Public Option’: Son of Medicaid
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Carter-Hamas Friendship May Stalemate Obama
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The Corner:
Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's “All-Stars.”
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Clerics May Be Key to Outcome of Unrest
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dlc.org:
Emanuel, Sebelius Headline New DLC Policy Forum
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CNN:
New honors for CNN's Crowley
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IRAN AND THE VEIL.  —  Photo from Tehran by Farhad Rajabali, via Flickr