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6:35 PM ET, June 20, 2009


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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.)  —  5.01 pm.  We're done live-blogging for the day.  I'd like to pay a little homage to my two under-bloggers, Chris and Patrick.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Chaos in Iran: I'm ready for martyrdom, says Mousavi; Videos: Woman murdered in cold blood; Update: Obama calls on regime to end violence; Update: Obama goes out for ice cream; Rumor: 150 dead?  —  View the video »
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” …
Mike Madden / Salon:
Mousavi: “I am prepared for martyrdom”  —  Protests continued in Iran today, despite yesterday's threat by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to crush dissent if it went on.  But the regime appears to be making good on its threats.  Eyewitnesses reported massive security forces gathered all over Tehran … Blog:
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.
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:
Biden-Obama Axis Shifts Biden's Way on Iran  —  It's a good thing when a president and vice president have constructive, creative tension in their relationship and don't see eye to eye on everything.  Joe Biden has seen his role in the Obama administration as “adviser-in-chief” …
New York Times:
Times Reporter Escapes Taliban After 7 Months  —  David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped Friday night and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Why We Joined the Media Blackout on Kidnapping of NYT Reporter  —  It was a happy surprise, this morning, just before noon ET, to see the New York Times reveal that one of its top reporters, David Rohde, had escaped from his Taliban kidnappers, after seven months, and was now safe and unharmed.
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
U.S. Journalist Held Captive by Taliban Safely Escapes
Discussion: At-Largely
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
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tick Tock, Motherf**kers  —  A reader writes: … From his mouth to Allah's ears.  It is too early and things are too confused for me to agree with him right now.  But his points are good ones.  —  (Photo: Iranian police sit on motorcycles as they face protesters during a demonstration in Tehran on June 20, 2009.
Discussion: The Spirit of Man
Washington Post:
The Devil Is in the Digits  —  Since the declaration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide victory in Iran's presidential election, accusations of fraud have swelled.  Against expectations from pollsters and pundits alike, Ahmadinejad did surprisingly well in urban areas, including Tehran …
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.
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