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1:30 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.]  —  1.05 pm.  Mousavi - confirmed - IF I AM ARRESTED THE NATION IS TO STRIKE INDEFINITELY  —  12.53 pm.
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
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 …
Robin Henry / Times of London:
Riot police clash with demonstrators in Iran  —  Protesters challenging elections despite warnings from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with tear gas, batons, water cannons  —  Iran was rocked by violent clashes today as demonstrators defied their Supreme Leader's warnings of ‘bloodshed’ to take to the streets.
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
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Resists Calls for a Tougher Stance on Iran
Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Guardian:
I speak for Mousavi. And Iran
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
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
John / Power Line:
Why Is Obama AWOL on Iran?  —  Across a broad swath of the political spectrum—including just about everyone, really, except the far Left, slavish Obamaphiles and the sinister Ron Paul—a consensus has developed that Barack Obama was wrong-footed by the Iranian election and the ensuing revolt in that country.
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.
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Expands List Of Allowed Guns To Avert Lawsuit  —  The D.C. government released emergency regulations yesterday that greatly expand the models of handguns that District residents can own, a shift designed to stave off another lawsuit over its compliance with the Second Amendment.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
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 …
Moni Basu / CNN:
Women in Iran march against discrimination  —  (CNN) — Like thousands of other Iranian women, Parisa took to Tehran's streets this week, her heart brimming with hope.  “Change,” said the placards around her.  —  The young Iranian woman eyed the crowd and pondered the possibility that the rest …
Discussion: Informed Comment and Jihad Watch
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.
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:
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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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Leo Lewis Asia / Times of London:
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
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Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Iran analyst: Is Mousavi willing to risk “slaughter” in the streets?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Coming Crackdown  —  [T]he green light has now been given …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Disables Some Google Functions
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Islamism … What's wrong with this sentence?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CIA Postpones Release Of Big Torture Report That Could Undercut Cheney
Discussion: At-Largely, Emptywheel and Salon