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8:35 AM ET, June 19, 2009


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Patrick Gavin / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Froomkin out at Washington Post (UPDATED)  —  POLITICO learned today that the Washington Post has terminated its relationship with liberal columnist/blogger Dan Froomkin.  Froomkin authored the “White House Watch” blog and was told today that the blog had essentially run its course.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A few Friday thoughts
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Torture-Mongers vs Froomkin
Discussion: Salon and Lawyers, Guns and Money
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FROOMKIN OUT?.... When it comes to the paper's online presence …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The WaPo's Best Blogger Is Fired
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Washington Post Fires Token Liberal
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ella Flaye / Times of London:
Khamenei tells Mousavi to toe the line over election or be cast out  —  The moderate Iranian leader who says that he was robbed of victory in last week's presidential election faces a fateful choice today: support the regime or be cast out.  —  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader …
News: News blog:
Iran protests: live  —  A week after the disputed poll, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead Friday prayers today in an attempt to quell continuing anger at the re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Follow live updates  —  12.55pm:
Ayatollah demands end to protests  —  Iran's Supreme Leader has issued a stern warning that protests against the country's disputed presidential election results must end.  —  In his first public remarks after days of demonstrations, Ayatollah Khamenei said the outcome must be decided at the ballot box, not on the street.
The New Republic:   What to Look Out For In The Next Couple Days
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Cutting the Gordian Knot
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Daily Dish
Ezra Klein:
EXCLUSIVE: The Finance Committee's Health Reform Outline  —  A Senate source just passed me the latest outline of the Senate Finance Committee's health reform proposal.  This is the post-CBO revision.  Apparently, after the committee staff received the scores, they dug deep and quickly developed …
Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Health Care Reform D.O.A.?  —  What's the latest assessment from those closely monitoring health care reform?  Prognosis negative.  —  “Health reform is, I think it fair to say, in danger right now,” wrote Ezra Klein this morning at the Washington Post.  —  “Attention fellow liberals …
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Boxer scolds Army General for not calling her “Senator”  —  Ever wonder what Eric Cartman might sound like if he was in Congress?  Wonder no more...  California Senator Barbara Boxer is a Senator.  And if you don't acknowledge it, she'll demand you acknowledge it.  Even if you're a General in the United States Army.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Mousavi Spokesman Smacks Obama  —  In an interview with the Washington Post's Foreign Policy blog, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, described as Mir Hussein Mousavi's “external spokesman,” had some sharp words for President Barack Obama's recent comments about the demonstrations in Tehran.
Franz Och / The Official Google Blog:
Google translates Persian  —  Today, we added Persian (Farsi) to Google Translate.  This means you can now translate any text from Persian into English and from English into Persian — whether it's a news story, a website, a blog, an email, a tweet or a Facebook message.
Discussion: Bits,, Mashable! and TechCrunch
Daily Mail:
Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S. on Independence Day  —  North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.  —  The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama Misses the Point With Iran Response  —  Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents.  The demonstrators are fighting on their own …
The lessons of 1937  —  In a guest article, Christina Romer says policymakers must learn from the errors that prolonged the Depression  —  AT A recent congressional hearing I cautiously noted some “glimmers of hope” that the economy could stabilise and perhaps start to rebound later in the year.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The New Republic
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Comment for the Economist on Christina Romer (2009), “The Lessons of 1937”
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘6% see US administration as pro-Israel’  —  Only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis consider the views of American President Barack Obama's administration pro-Israel, according to a new Jerusalem Post-sponsored Smith Research poll.  —  The poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5% …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Senator Beefcake?  —  Some revealing footage of Ohio Senate candidate Lee Fisher has emerged on YouTube, which features the bare-chested lieutenant governor sitting in his office writing a campaign memo.  —  “I just don't like being filmed at 12 in the morning when I'm exhausted and trying to do something …
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
Kenneth Starr Endorses Sotomayor  —  Kenneth Starr, the lawyer who chased after President Bill Clinton and his wife, said on Thursday that he supports President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  —  Starr voiced his backing of Sotomayor …
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Timing of Treasury Department challenge, AIG probe raises concerns  —  The challenge to TARP watchdog Neil Barofsky's authority came as he began an investigation of the department's role in approving bonuses to executives of insurance giant AIG, sources say.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Fired Inspector General: I Want Congressional Hearings, Dammit!  —  Uh oh — looks like Gerald Walpin, who's been a hero on the right since he was abruptly fired as Inspector General by President Obama, is really turning up the heat on Obama now.  —  In an interview with us moments ago …
Fox News:
‘Special Report’ Panel on White House's Latest Response to Iran  —  This is a rush transcript of “Special Report With Bret Baier” from June 17, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think the president has been clear …
Discussion: Moe Lane, RedState and Think Progress
Paul Wolfowitz / Washington Post:
Obama Needs to Change Stance on Iran  —  President Obama's first response to the protests in Iran was silence, followed by a cautious, almost neutral stance designed to avoid “meddling” in Iranian affairs.  I am reminded of Ronald Reagan's initially neutral response to the crisis following …
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