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12:30 AM ET, June 23, 2009

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The State:
Gov. Sanford not heard from since Thursday  —  The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford have been unknown to state officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is in charge of the executive office.  —  Neither the governor's office nor the State Law Enforcement Division …
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The State:
Sanford, missing since Thursday, reportedly located  —  The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford was unknown for nearly four days, and some state leaders question who was in charge of the executive office.  —  But Sanford's office told the lieutenant governor's office Monday afternoon that Sanford …
Wcbd / Local News for WCBD:
UPDATE #6: Where is Governor Mark Sanford?  First Lady, Lt. Governor don't know.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
AWOL South Carolina Gov. Sanford has state in a tizzy
Discussion: Right Pundits, Reason and Truthdig
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Where in the world is Mark Sanford?
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Family, friends mourn Iranian woman whose death was caught on video  —  Neda Agha-Soltan, 26, ‘was a beam of light’ and not an activist, friends say.  The video footage of her bleeding to death on the street has turned her into an international symbol of the protest movement.
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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
In a Death Seen Around the World, a Symbol of Iranian Protests
Discussion: Salon and Philly.com
CNN:
Iranian protester pleads for U.S., world to intervene  —  An Iranian student protester in Tehran made a passionate plea for help from the world community this morning in a phone call to CNN's “American Morning.”  —  For safety reasons, CNN can only identify the student by his first name, Mohammad.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:   ‘I have a message for the international community’
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Under Misspelled Banner, Buchanan And White Nationalist Brimelow Argue For English-Only Initiatives  —  On Saturday, Pat Buchanan hosted a conference to discuss how Republicans can regain a majority in America.  During one discussion, panelists suggested supporting English-only initiatives …
Washington Post:
Poll: Americans Less Upbeat About Stimulus Bill's Impact  —  Expectations for President Obama's stimulus package have diminished, with barely half of Americans now confident the $787 billion measure will boost the economy, and the rapid rise in optimism that followed the 2008 election has abated …
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The Huffington Post:
Conrad Moves Closer To Public Health Care After Negotiations  —  Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) moved sharply toward public health care Monday, saying that he could “absolutely” support major parts of Sen. Chuck Schumer's compromise proposal for a public option after closed-door negotiations.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Showdown
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HEAD-BANGING TIME?.... Michael Tomasky surveyed the landscape …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
McCain's Iran Neda speech raises domestic political stakes for Obama  —  Here's anew video involving the violent events in Iran and the politics they are now forcing within the United States.  —  The video is from C-SPAN of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who over the weekend …
Discussion: Redhot
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reza Pahlavi  —  The man who was once in line to run Iran — but who has been mentioned little in the domestic turmoil there — spoke at the National Press Club this morning:  —  A movement was born on the 22nd of Khordad in my calendar, the 12th of June in yours.
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Los Angeles Times:
Iran authorities acknowledge voting irregularities
Deutsche Welle:
Germany's Angela Merkel urges Iran to recount presidential vote
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Chris Dodd / U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd:
Rights, Responsibilities and Love  —  On Sunday, The Meriden Record-Journal published the following op-ed by Senator Chris Dodd  —  Public officials aren't supposed to change their minds.  But I firmly believe that it's important to keep learning.  Last week, while I was in Connecticut meeting …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Supreme Court Invalidates Section 5's Coverage Scheme [Updated 2:15]  —  Though the Supreme Court by a wide margin today formally declined to resolve a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5, the reality is far different.  The decision unambiguously served notice …
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John Cook / Gawker:
Gawker Says ‘Hi’ to Fox News Stalker; He Drives Away Like a Coward  —  We finally met Bill O'Reilly's stalker-producer Jesse Watters on Saturday.  It was a fleeting and civil encounter—jovial, even—but ultimately unsatisfying.  We asked him some questions about his stalking, and then he drove away, because he's a coward.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Understanding Obama on Iran  —  Call me thick, but I continue to be baffled by a lot of the commentary, cited by Rich and others, which gives as the rationale for President Obama's diffidence his purported determination to preserve the opportunity to negotiate with the mullahs on their nuclear program.
Los Angeles Times:
Villaraigosa bows out of California governor's race  —  The mayor says he wants to devote his full attention to Los Angeles.  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on national television today he would not be running for California governor in 2010 after flirting with a bid for higher office for months.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama Invites Gay Rights Advocates to White House  —  As advocates for gays and lesbians intensify their criticism of the White House, President Obama has invited some of their leaders to an East Room reception next Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion …
GAW / WJLA-TV:
Fenty: 4 Killed in Deadliest Crash in Metro History; Rescues Still Underway  —  WASHINGTON - Metro confirms two trains have collided on the Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, killing four people and injuring 66 others, including two patients with life-threatening injuries.
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
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CNN:
Two D.C. Metro trains collide; six dead
Discussion: USA Today, Gawker and On Deadline
Ron Williams / delawareonline:
Republicans are trying to shoot their own feet  —  What in name of Pierre S. duPont IV do the Republicans in the State Legislature think they are doing?  It's got to be the most ludicrous political strategy ever conceived, certainly in this state.  —  Republicans want to spare every teacher …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Iranian leaders will always believe Anglo-Saxons are plotting against them. … - There is nothing at all that any Western country can do to avoid the charge of intervening in Iran's foreign affairs.  The deep belief that everything—especially anything in English—is already and by definition …
 
 
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