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10:10 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?  Report: Mousavi's office sends letter to Obama?  —  Today is widely considered the crucial …
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” …
James P. Pinkerton / Fox News:
Under Pressure, Obama Calls on Iran to End Violence, ‘Unjust’ Actions
New York Times:
Iranian Police Clash With Protesters
Michelle Malkin:
Saturday in Iran: Deadly crackdown, Obama finally condemns …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Naj / neo-resistance:
My translation of Mousavi's latest statement (persian text posted before)  —  In the name of God, the kind and the merciful  —  Indeed god demands you to safe keep what people entrust in you, and to rule them with justice.  [this a verse of Koran]  —  Respectable and intelligent people of Iran,
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mousavi's Latest Statement: “I Followed Them”
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
The June 12 Revolution  —  Whatever happens in Tehran …
Discussion: Commentary
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
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
U.S. Journalist Held Captive by Taliban Safely Escapes
Discussion: At-Largely
Patterico / Hot Air:
Contrast: Iranian Protestors Shot As Obama Goes for Ice Cream  —  Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers.  Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand.
New York Times:
In Poll, Wide Support for Government-Run Health  —  Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, MyDD and PERRspectives
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Morning Daniel Froomkin News Roundup  —  Hamilton Nolan: … John Harris of The Politico: … Actually, I don't think that last is true.  I think John Harris has considerable insight into what prompted the Post to fire him—how could it possibly be otherwise?  I would be interested to learn what his insights are.
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 …
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
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:
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.
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 …
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