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10:35 PM ET, June 22, 2009

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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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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 …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Where in the World is Mark Sanford?  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford hasn't been heard from in days.  Brett Flashnick — AP  —  UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Mark Sanford told his staff where he would be and that he would be “difficult to reach” before setting out last Thursday night to points unknown …
Wcbd / Local News for WCBD:
UPDATE #6: Where is Governor Mark Sanford?  First Lady, Lt. Governor don't know.
Discussion: msnbc.com
The Politico:   Staff says missing Gov. is safe
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
AWOL South Carolina Gov. Sanford has state in a tizzy
Discussion: Truthdig and Reason
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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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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Showdown  —  America's political scene has changed immensely since the last time a Democratic president tried to reform health care.  So has the health care picture: with costs soaring and insurance dwindling, nobody can now say with a straight face that the U.S. health care system …
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Rick Hasen / Election Law:
INITIAL THOUGHTS ON NAMUDNO: CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS BLINKED  —  Despite Chief Justice Roberts' longstanding skepticism of the Voting Rights Act and his blistering set of questions to supporters of section 5's constitutionality during oral argument, the Chief has managed to put together a coalition …
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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 …
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
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.
Associated Press:
Sarkozy says burqas are ‘not welcome’ in France … PARIS (AP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Monday at the practice of wearing the Muslim burqa, insisting the full-body religious gown is a sign of the “debasement” of women and that it won't be welcome in France.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Fausta's Blog
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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
Christina Hoff Sommers / Weekly Standard:
No Country for Burly Men  —  How feminist groups skewed the Obama stimulus plan towards women's jobs.  —  A “man-cession.”  That's what some economists are starting to call it.  Of the 5.7 million jobs Americans lost between December 2007 and May 2009, nearly 80 percent had been held by men.
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Corker Impatiently Blows Off Meeting With Sotomayor Because She Was Slowed By Temporary Disability  —  Last Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) was scheduled to meet with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.  Yet when Sotomayor was delayed because of her recent injury, Corker decided …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Climate change fantasies  —  A while back I wrote about anti-green economics — the insistence, by opponents of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that the economic cost of cap-and-trade would be immense and unsupportable.  I cited Robert Samuelson, who ridiculed the Environmental Defense Fund …
St. Petersburg Times:
Scientology: The Truth Rundown, Part 1 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology  —  After L. Ron Hubbard died, David Miscavige became Scientology's leader.  Former church executives say Miscavige beat his staff.  Church officials say the defectors are lying.  —  Reuters/Corbis (2006)]
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 …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Persian Tutorial  —  The president has to choose between the regime and the people in the streets.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Barack Obama did not “lose” Iran.  This is not a Jimmy Carter moment.  But the foreign-policy education of America's 44th president has just begun.
Lee Ross / Fox News:
Supreme Court Ends Plame Case Against Cheney, Libby, Bush Officials  —  The high court decides not to take a case dismissed by lower court that the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame caused suffering for Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Supreme Court announced Monday …
Tony Judt / New York Times:
Fictions on the Ground  —  I am old enough to remember when Israeli kibbutzim looked like settlements ("a small village or collection of houses" or “the act of peopling or colonizing a new country,” Oxford English Dictionary).  —  In the early 1960s, I spent time on Kibbutz Hakuk …
aina.org:
Muslim Mob Attacks Church and Loots Christian Homes in Egypt  —  (AINA) — An Egyptian Muslim mob attacked a church on Sunday, 6/21/2009 in the village of Ezbet Boshra-East, El-Fashn, smashing its windows and assaulting Copts with clubs and white weapons, wounding 25 Copts, in the presence and with the instigation of the State Security.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 
 
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CNN:
Obama ‘moved’ by Iran protest images
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
House Dems urge Obama to halt gay discharges from the military
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Murkowski seeking Republican leadership post
Los Angeles Times:
Iran authorities acknowledge voting irregularities
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What Roger Cohen Saw
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
Clinton Cancels Overseas Trip
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Russell Simmons / The Huffington Post:
America's Prayer  —  Two weeks ago, the president of the United States …
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