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10:40 AM ET, June 21, 2009


 Top Items: 
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets  —  TEHRAN — The Iranian police commander, in green uniform, walked up Komak Hospital Alley with arms raised and his small unit at his side.  “I swear to God,” he shouted at the protesters facing him, “I have children, I have a wife, I don't want to beat people.
Zakaria: ‘Fatal wound’ inflicted on Iranian regime's ideology  —  Editor's note: Fareed Zakaria is an author and foreign affairs analyst who hosts “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN at 1 and 5 p.m. ET Sundays.  —  The decisive margin of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in elections …
Discussion: NDN blogs and The Huffington Post
Mark Tran / News: News blog:
Iran protests: live  —  Iran is braced for the possibility of more bloody confrontations between protesters and security forces on the streets of Tehran.  Follow live updates on the latest developments  —  2.41pm:  —  More background on the rift between Rafsanjani and the Khamenei/Ahmadinejad axis …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Guardian and Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Cautious Response to Events in Iran Reflects Obama's Long-Term Approach  —  All last week, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators surged through Tehran, President Obama resisted pressure to side with them against the Iranian government.  —  Yesterday, as murky images of clashes …
Iran TV says 10 died in protests  —  Amateur video shows a bus on fire and security forces on motorbikes at Saturday's protests  —  At least 10 people were killed when police clashed with “terrorists” in Tehran on Saturday, state TV says.  —  It said “rioters” set two petrol stations …
Discussion: Truthdig
Reuel Marc Gerecht / New York Times:
The Koran and the Ballot Box  —  WHATEVER happens in Iran in the aftermath of this month's fraudulent elections, one thing is clear: we are witnessing not just a fascinating power struggle among men who've known each other intimately for 30 years, but the unraveling of the religious idea …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and American Power
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
The urge to split the world into two warring camps is childish
Discussion:, normblog and Telegraph Blog:
Statement from the President on Iran
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mousavi's Latest Statement: “I Followed Them”
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Babylon & Beyond
James P. Pinkerton / Fox News:
Under Pressure, Obama Calls on Iran to End Violence, ‘Unjust’ Actions
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:   Biden-Obama Axis Shifts Biden's Way on Iran
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.
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
New York Times: McCain Voters Not Americans?  —  The New York Times, otherwise known as the Grey Lady, might more appropriately be known as Obama's Shady Lady.  Believe its poll and get a Times Square disease.  —  The lead headline is about a NYT/CBS News Poll, trumpeting “Wide Support for Government-Run Health.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Agreed to Stay Silent on Kidnapping of Reporter David Rohde  —  News Organizations Agreed to Protect Reporter's Safety  —  There were times during the kidnapping ordeal of New York Times reporter David Rohde when his boss wavered in his determination to suppress the story.
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
U.S. Journalist Held Captive by Taliban Safely Escapes
Discussion: At-Largely
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Obama Closes Doors on Openness  —  From the magazine issue dated Jun 29, 2009  —  As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding “secret energy meetings” with oil executives at the White House.  But last week public-interest groups were dismayed …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's political play should shock no one  —  It's amusing to watch the Washington political establishment feign shock, now that President Barack Obama's reform administration has used a clay foot to vigorously kick one inspector general and boot another out the door.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Response  —  Did you notice how many times he invoked the word “justice” in his message?  That's the word that will resonate most deeply with the Iranian resistance.  What a relief to have someone with this degree of restraint and prudence and empathy - refusing to be baited by Khamenei …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Contrast: Iranian Protestors Shot As Obama Goes for Ice Cream  —  Here are some Twitter messages I saw today from Change_for_Iran, a pro-Mousavi Iranian student, and Mark Knoller, CBS News White House Correspondent:  —  Change_for_Iran:  —  Knoller:  —  Change_for_Iran:  —  Knoller:
Patterico / Hot Air:   Contrast: Iranian Protestors Shot As Obama Goes for Ice Cream
Alexandra Zavis / Babylon & Beyond:
IRAN: Footage of woman apparently shot in Tehran galvanizes opposition  —  A disturbing video showing a young woman purportedly shot in the streets of Tehran is becoming a rallying symbol for opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  It is one of many images and video posted on the Internet …
Steve Schippert / ThreatsWatch:
ThreatsWatch.Org - RapidRecon: Neda: The Voice of Iran  —  Her name was Neda.  It means the ‘voice’ or the ‘call’ in Farsi.  And in a struggle largely fueled by Iranian women's demands for rights, Neda most tragically becomes the Voice of Iran.  —  It is heartbreaking to watch, with her father screaming in unimaginable agony.
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Gauging Obama in Iran
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Steyn: Neutrality Isnt an Option
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tick Tock, Motherf**kers
Discussion: At-Largely and The Spirit of Man
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Threat We Can't Ignore
Discussion: Blog
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Iranian dispute dividing Senate
Discussion: Commentary and The Nation