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4:05 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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Torture-Mongers vs Froomkin
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 …
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.
Foreign Policy:
The FP Interview: Mohsen Makhmalbaf  —  In an exclusive interview from Paris, Mir Hossein Mousavi's external spokesman describes this week's protests in Iran as another revolution — and Mousavi as Iran's Obama.  —  The world has watched in awe this week as protests have continued to rock the streets of Iran.
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Secret letter ‘proves Mousavi won poll’  —  They were handing out the photocopies by the thousand under the plane trees in the centre of the boulevard, single sheets of paper grabbed by the opposition supporters who are now wearing black for the 15 Iranians who have been killed in Tehran …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Tomorrow: Tiananmen in Tehran?  Report: Khamenei issues ultimatum to Mousavi; Update: Mousavi says no?  —  First came the Debkafile rumor, then Michael Ledeen started hearing things, now Tehran Bureau has this ominous update.  Sounds like Khamenei's getting ready to call out the Guard.
The New Republic:   What to Look Out For In The Next Couple Days
Joe Klein / Time:
10 Days in Tehran: What I Saw At the Iranian Revolution
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Health Care Reform in Danger
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.
Fox News:
Boxer, the U.S. Senator, Chides Brigadier General for Calling Her 'Ma'am'  —  The feisty California lawmaker reminds an Army brigadier general of her title after he has the apparent gall to call her “ma'am.”  —  —  In case you forgot, Barbara Boxer is a senator.
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% …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
In a Staff Shuffle, Signs of Obama's Direction on Mideast
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olive Garden pulls Letterman ads  —  Following a week of back and forth between CBS late night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor's daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman's “Late Show” for the rest of the year.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Bill Posey, Congressional Birther, Finds Some Friends and Bashes ‘Angry Woman’ Rachel Maddow  —  Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who has introduced a bill that would require future presidential candidates to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, has collected four more co-sponsors — Reps. John R. Carter …
Washington Wire:
CIA Reaches Out to Financial Analysts  —  Siobhan Gorman covers intelligence.  —  Downsized investment bankers: Fear not.  The Central Intelligence Agency wants you.  —  Capitalizing on the financial crisis, the CIA had launched a recruiting campaign targeting Wall Streeters with an appeal to patriotism.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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: RedState, Moe Lane and Think Progress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay Dems complain DNC cut off funding, drop support for Biden event  —  Theboard of directors of the National Stonewall Democrats are dropping their support for a June 25 DNC fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden over, they wrote in an email obtained by POLITICO, a combination of policy slights …
Associated Press:
PETA wishes Obama hadn't swatted that fly  —  Rights group seeks compassion for curious and ‘least sympathetic animals’  —  WASHINGTON - The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.
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