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2:50 AM ET, June 20, 2009


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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Four Iran Scenarios and “Basiji Hunting”  —  One of my colleagues at the New America Foundation's Global Strategic Finance Initiative, Douglas Rediker, received this note from a friend abroad.  It's illuminating as to how a well-connected Iranian internationalist who has been in Tehran during …
Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Guardian:
I speak for Mousavi.  And Iran  —  The man Iranians want as their leader has been silenced.  This is what he wants you to know  —  I have been given the ­responsibility of telling the world what is happening in Iran.  The office of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who the Iranian people truly want as their leader, has asked me to do so.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
City of Whispers  —  TEHRAN — This has become the city of whispers.  Many of the people I spoke to when I arrived last week are in prison.  Stabbings and shootings punctuate the night.  Fear rushes down alleys and dead ends.  Still the whispering continues.  —  “Tomorrow, Vanak Square.”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Firedoglake
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Iran analyst: Is Mousavi willing to risk “slaughter” in the streets?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The New Republic:   Iran's ‘Super Friday’ Turns to ‘Super Saturday’
Jon Lee Anderson / News Desk:
Understanding The Basij  —  Thirty years ago, during …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Officials: Khamanei Speech Will Not Change White House Stance
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary and Washington Post
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House approves Iran bill 405-1  —  The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday in support of Iranian dissidents as that country's top cleric warned protesters to end demonstrations.  —  The resolution was approved in a 405-1 vote, with two members voting present.
CBS News:
Obama: Iran Protestors “Seeking Justice”
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Obama aides toned down Iran resolution
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Conservative Justices' Strange Enthusiasm for the Punishment of the Innocent  —  Here's a beaut of a decision from the increasingly brutal and inhumane conservative-dominated Supreme Court.  Not content with gutting anti-discrimination legislation, a 5-4 majority has decided that if people …
New York Times:
Unparalleled and Denied  —  In an appalling 5-to-4 ruling on Thursday, the Supreme Court's conservative majority tossed aside compelling due process claims, the demands of justice and a considered decision by a lower federal appeals court to deny the right of prisoners to obtain post-conviction DNA testing …
The Huffington Post:
DOJ: We Can't Release Cheney Records Because Of Late Night Comedy  —  But this pull from the original AP story, which captures the reasoning of Justice Department for attempting to deny the request, is simply mind-blowing: … I hardly think that citing the need to shield public figures …
Las Vegas Sun:
Text of Doug Hampton's letter to Fox News  —  Editor's note: Doug Hampton, the husband of Cynthia Hampton, who had an affair with Sen. John Ensign, explains in a letter to a Fox News Channel anchorwoman, Megyn Kelly, how the senator's affair with his wife has"completely ruined" the couple's lives.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Sullivan, Froomkin, Hiatt, Iran and AIPAC  —  The incipient Iranian revolution has upset certain political categories at home, two to be exact: Scowcroftian realism and liberal interventionism (a/k/a neoconservatism).  Both, IMHO, are inadequate to the current crisis.
New York Times:
House Unveils Health Bill, Minus Key Details  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday answered President Obama's call for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system, unveiling a bill that they said would cover 95 percent of Americans.  But they said they did not know how much it would cost and had not decided how to pay for it.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Betsy McCaughey / Wall Street Journal:
Dissecting the Kennedy Health Bill
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
David Whelan / Forbes:
Obama's Doctor Knocks ObamaCare
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
NeoCon Derangement Syndrome On Steroids  —  To read Andrew Sullivan's posts on the suppression of the opposition in Iran, you would think American “NeoCons” (whoever they may be) were in the streets swinging batons from the backs of motorcycles, trashing the library at Tehran University …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sullivan and Khamenei Agree: Jews Control the Media
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mondoweiss
Zack Stovall / Arkansas News:
Lincoln prefers co-op to government-run public option in health care  —  LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., says she prefers private insurance cooperatives to a government-run provider that would compete with the private sector in reforming the nation's health care system.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Coming Crackdown  —  [T]he green light has now been given to the basij to kick ass and take names.  “The way of the law is open,” [Khamenei] says.  “If people continue to take the other way, I will come back and speak more directly.”  Qanun, qanun, qanun.  Law, law, law.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
On Terrorist Watch List, but Allowed to Buy Guns  —  WASHINGTON — People on the government's terrorist watch list tried to buy guns nearly 1,000 times in the last five years, and federal authorities cleared the purchases 9 times out of 10 because they had no legal way to stop them, according to a new government report.
Fox News:
U.S. Military Set to Intercept North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes  —  The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official.  —
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Administration Set To Hold Powwow With Big Gay Groups  —  The Obama Justice Department has reached out to major gay rights organizations and scheduled a private meeting for next week with the groups, in an apparent effort to smooth over tensions in the wake of the controversy …
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Regulatory Reform That Falls Far Short of It
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Disables Some Google Functions
Discussion: RConversation
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Islamism … What's wrong with this sentence?
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Postpones Release Of Big Torture Report That Could Undercut Cheney
The Cajun Boy / Gawker:
Dan Abrams Is Looking For Fresh Meat
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Early Word on the House Bill: So Far, So Good
Greg Hengler /
Sotomayor 1986: I Found Men Unconsciously Discriminate Against Women
Discussion: Hot Air