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9:30 PM ET, June 21, 2009


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Washington Post:
Iranian Government Media Declares Mousavi a ‘Criminal’  —  Iranian government media Sunday launched a campaign against Mir Hussein Mousavi and his supporters, calling the leader of the protests over Iran's disputed election a “criminal” and comparing demonstrators to members of a hated terrorist group.
Discussion: Political Punch, Salon and The Nation
Reporters Without Borders:
Repression stepped up yet again as Iran becomes world's biggest prison for journalists  —  The Islamic Republic of Iran now ranks alongside China as the world's biggest prison for journalists.  The crackdown has been intensified yet again following Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's endorsement …
New York Times:
Relatives of Former Iranian President Are Arrested  —  Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, attended a rally for Mir Hussein Moussavi.  Iranian state television reported on Sunday that Ms. Hashemi and four other members of the family had been arrested.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Daughter of Rafsanjani Arrested; Death Toll for Saturday at Least 10 …
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond
Times of India:
Rafsanjani's daughter arrested in Iran
Reuel Marc Gerecht / New York Times:
The Koran and the Ballot Box
Mark Tran / News: News blog:
Iran in turmoil: live
Robin Wright / Time:
In Iran, One Woman's Death May Have Many Consequences  —  A video posted on YouTube shows men trying to help a woman after she was allegedly shot in the chest in Tehran on June 20  —  Iran's revolution has now run through a full cycle.  A gruesomely captivating video of a young woman …
Glenn W. Smith / Firedoglake:
Slavery and the Health Care Crisis  —  The gravity of America's health care crisis is the moral equivalent of the 19th Century's bloody conflict over slavery.  This is not hyperbole, though the truth of it is often lost in abstract talk of insurance company profits, treatment costs, and other cold, inhuman analyses.
Derrick Henry / New York Times:
Panel Might Revise Health-Care Bill  —  Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said on Sunday that the panel would consider revisiting its version of health-care legislation to gain more support.  —  An overhaul of the nation's health-care system …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Will calls right-wing attacks on Obama's Iran response ‘foolish criticism.’  —  Since turmoil broke out in Iran over the country's disputed elections last week, conservatives have been forcefully criticizing President Obama for not doing enough to intervene on the side of those protesting.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S NOT EXACTLY LEFT VS RIGHT.... On ABC's “This Week” earlier, George Will, hardly a liberal ally of the president, noted that he's heard the criticism of the Obama administration's tactics regarding Iran, and he finds it unpersuasive. … Ben Armbruster noted that Peggy Noonan …
Lisa Derrick / La Figa:
Tehran Protests: Her Name Was Neda (Warning: Graphic Video)  —  The global community has been galvanized by the tweets, Facebook logins, cellphone pictures and reports from Iran.  Now comes this video of a young a woman shot in Tehran by Basiji police force, which I came across after seeing …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
The Iranian Revolt  —  John O'Sullivan wrote me this note today.  Dear Rich, Thanks for your note.  I am happy to give you my judgment on the Iranian revolt.  In brief, it's one of the most important movements of our time.  It radically undermines both the realist argument that Muslims …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Atlas Shrugs
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Goldman to make record bonus payout  —  Surviving banks accused of undermining stability  —  Staff at Goldman Sachs staff can look forward to the biggest bonus payouts in the firm's 140-year history after a spectacular first half of the year, sparking concern that the big investment banks …
Iranian Presidential Elections:
Mousavi's statement number 5 to Iranian people  —  In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  —  God commands you to return what you've been entrusted with to its owners, and to judge in justice when you judge among the people.  [Koranic quote]  —  Honorable and intelligent people of Iran,
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
gary's choices:   Mousavi's new revolutionary manifesto
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
The urge to split the world into two warring camps is childish
Discussion: normblog, and Telegraph
Guardian Council: Over 100% voted in 50 cities  —  Iran's Guardian Council has admitted that the number of votes collected in 50 cities surpass the number of those eligible to cast ballot in those areas.  —  The council's Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, who was speaking on the Islamic Republic …
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David Elliott / niacINsight:
A Day in the Life  —  A friend of NIAC passes on this message …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Obama's Fly Move
Discussion: Commentary
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Opinion Strongly Favors Public Plan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Waxman-Markey Will Help the Poor, Impose Modest Costs on the Wealthy
Jonathan Owen / The Independent:
Swine flu ‘could infect up to half the population’
Discussion: Dean's World
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Dash / New York Times:
If It's Too Big to Fail, Is It Too Big to Exist?
Saeed Valadbaygi / Revolutionary Road:
All we want is a better world!
Discussion: BBC
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Agreed to Stay Silent on Kidnapping of Reporter David Rohde
Discussion: Don Surber, At-Largely and Wizbang