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2:40 PM ET, June 20, 2009


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New York Times:
Iranian Police Clash With Protesters  —  TEHRAN — Police officers used sticks and tear gas to force back thousands of demonstrators gathering in the capital on Saturday, a day after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said there would be “bloodshed” if street protests continued over the disputed presidential election.
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.]  —  2.04 pm.  Some attempt at perspective.  From what I can tell, the regime has shown a disgusting display …
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iranian police throwing teargas at protesters in Tehran; Update: I'm ready for martyrdom, says Mousavi; Videos: Woman murdered in cold blood, police beat women with batons  —  View the video »
Police block protest site in Tehran, witness says  —  TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Heavily armed police prevented several thousand Iranian protesters Saturday from entering Revolution Square — one of the main protest sites in Tehran, a witness told CNN.  —  About a mile away, police kept the crowd …
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: Washington Monthly
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Resists Calls for a Tougher Stance on Iran
Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Guardian:
I speak for Mousavi. And Iran
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.
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama, the Right and defendants' rights  —  On Thursday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision (.pdf), ruled that convicted criminals have no constitutional right to access the state's evidence in order to subject it to DNA tests which could prove their innocence.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Impolitic
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
The difference between addressing someone with their title and “Sir or Ma'am”  —  Apparently, Barbara Boxer, a Senator from California where some of the biggest military bases exist, doesn't understand respect when she hears it.  —  As a former Army Officer, if one of my soldiers called me …
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.
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:
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Slips to 58% for First Time  —  Lowest reading for Obama thus far in Gallup Poll Daily tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating fell to 58% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from June 16-18 — a new low for Obama in Gallup tracking …
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.
Suicide bomber attacks Khomeini shrine in Iran  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at the mausoleum of the father of Iran's revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, state media said Saturday, in an attack coinciding with more unrest over a disputed presidential vote.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
President Delivers Exhortation to Fathers  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama donned his father-in-chief hat on Friday, devoting much of his afternoon to emphasizing the importance of mentors and father figures for young people and to prodding young men to be better parents.
Discussion: Fraters Libertas and BAGnewsNotes
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Spy Training Program Could Come to Universities  —  To the list of collegiate types — nerds, jocks, Greeks — add one more: spies in training.  The government is hoping they'll be hard to spot.  —  The Obama administration has proposed the creation of an intelligence officer training program …
Discussion: On Deadline
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Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Iran analyst: Is Mousavi willing to risk “slaughter” in the streets?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Coming Crackdown  —  [T]he green light has now been given …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Cajun Boy / Gawker:
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Discussion: New York Magazine