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5:20 PM ET, June 20, 2009


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Statement from the President on Iran  —  The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching.  We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost.  We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Day 8  —  [Note: words in green are tweets from Iran.  Words in black are mine in the US.  The tweets should be taken provisionally until confirmed.  - Andrew.]  —  (AFP/Getty.)  —  4.22 pm.  Conf'd Iran Fatemiyeh Hospital Tehran: 30-40 dead as of 11pm; 200 injured.
New York Times:
Iranian Police Clash With Protesters  —  TEHRAN — Police officers used sticks and tear gas to force back thousands of demonstrators under plumes of black smoke in the capital on Saturday, a day after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said there would be “bloodshed” …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Chaos in Tehran: I'm ready for martyrdom, says Mousavi; Videos: Woman murdered in cold blood, police beat women with batons; Update: Obama calls on regime to end violence; Rumor: 30-40 dead in Tehran?  —  View the video »
Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
Iran protests: live  —  Police have clashed with protesters in Iran as the opposition movement continue its street protests against re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in defiance of threats from the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  Follow live updates on what is being seen as a crucial day in Iran
Weekly Standard:
Resolutely Irresolute  —  Obama dithers while Tehran burns.  —  The events of the past week in Iran, following the June 12 presidential election there, have been remarkable and hopeful.  It's been a moment when one would like a president of the United States—who has, in such moments …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Washington Monthly
Mike Madden / Salon:
Mousavi: “I am prepared for martyrdom”
Discussion: Enduring America and Guardian
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:   Biden-Obama Axis Shifts Biden's Way on Iran
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Why We Joined the Media Blackout on Kidnapping of NYT Reporter
Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Had Liver Transplant  —  Apple Chief on Track to Return to Work at End of June; No. 2 May Expand Role  —  Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Emotion Trumps Research Every Time  —  The NY Times editors are so vexed by what they see as the latest blatant injustice from the Roberts Court that they can't be bothered to read the court's opinion or their own coverage of the case (Matt Yglesias keeps them company).  Let's cut to the NY Times editors:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama, the Right and defendants' rights
Michelle Malkin:
AmeriCrooks Watch: Meddling Michelle Obama to keynote volunteerism conference  —  Well, well, well.  —  Michelle, Michelle, Michelle.  —  Guess where the First Lady will be on Monday?  —  Why, she'll be delivering the keynote address at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco.
Fox News:
NIH Funds $423,500 Study of Why Men Don't Like to Use Condoms  —  In what government watchdogs are calling a waste of taxpayer money, the National Institutes of Health is spending nearly half a million dollars to determine why men don't like to wear condoms during sex.  —
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:   Govt. Study to Determine Why Dogs Scratch at Fleas
Jerusalem Post:
‘Movement by the people, for the people’  —  Article's topics: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  —  The following letter from an Iranian student was received by The Jerusalem Post via a professor at a leading American university with close ties to Iran:
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Threat We Can't Ignore  —  Even with the murders that have already occurred, Americans are not paying enough attention to the frightening connection between the right-wing hate-mongers who continue to slither among us and the gun crazies who believe a well-aimed bullet is the ticket to all their dreams.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Iranian dispute dividing Senate  —  The Senate ended this week divided along partisan lines over U.S. policy regarding Iran's disputed election, with Democrats defending President Obama's hands-off approach and Republicans arguing the U.S. should step into the controversy.
Discussion: The Nation
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