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1:05 PM ET, June 21, 2009


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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 …
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.
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 killed in Tehran protests  —  Iranians have been sending the BBC footage of protests  —  At least 10 people were killed when police clashed with “terrorists” in Tehran on Saturday, state TV says.  —  The official reports, which cannot be confirmed, accuse “rioters” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Truthdig
Reuel Marc Gerecht / New York Times:
The Koran and the Ballot Box
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mousavi's Latest Statement: “I Followed Them”
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?
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.
Discussion: At-Largely, Wizbang and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
What Does Mousavi Think?  —  This may help clarify matters for those who wonder what the Iranian dissidents want.  I posted it on my blog a while ago.  As I said on my blog, we are all getting various things whose authenticity requires skepticism.  I'm confident of the channel …
Times of India:
Rafsanjani's daughter arrested in Iran  —  Text:  —  TEHRAN: The daughter of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and four relatives were arrested over their involvement in protests against alleged election fraud in Iran, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.
Discussion: Raw Story and Pajamas Media
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.
Discussion: PoliGazette and Not Tucker Carlson
Jonathan Owen / The Independent:
Swine flu ‘could infect up to half the population’  —  Health authorities told to set up testing and drug distribution centres in case of autumn outbreak  —  Primary care trusts are to set up anti-viral drug distribution centres and swine flu testing clinics amid fears that the infection could spread out of control.
Discussion: Dean's World
Saeed Valadbaygi / Revolutionary Road:
All we want is a better world!  —  The protests continue! chanting...  Natarsid!  Natarsid!  Mah hameh bah ham hastim!  —  Don't be scared!  Don't be scared!  We are all together!  —  and...  Marg bar Dictator!  Death to Dictator!  —  Thousands of riot police lining Tehran streets Sunday …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
If It's Too Big to Fail, Is It Too Big to Exist?
Discussion: TPMCafe and The Big Picture
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Will calls right-wing attacks on Obama's Iran response ‘foolish criticism.’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Niac / niacINsight:
Iran Updates- June 21
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Gauging Obama in Iran
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Schippert / ThreatsWatch:
ThreatsWatch.Org - RapidRecon: Neda: The Voice of Iran
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Threat We Can't Ignore