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8:30 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama calls on HuffPost for Iran question UPDATE  —  In what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post's Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran.  —  “Nico, I know you and all across the Internet …
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Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Weird “AA” Crack  —  It tells you something that neither Afghanistan nor Iraq came up at the president's press conference.  The United States is simultaneously prosecuting two wars in the Muslim world and neither merited a question of the president.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:
Anyone forget Bush v. Gore?  —  First of all, before I get rebuffed by the right side of my readers, let me clearly explain that I am not supportive of the President's lack of action on the Iranian elections.  However, what exactly is Barack Obama supposed to do?
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
The President's Opening Remarks on Iran, with Persian Translation  —  The President discusses Iran during his opening remarks at the Press Conference today at the White House:  —  Viewing this video requires Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher.  Download the free player.  —  Download mp4 (67.1 MB)
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A question from Huffington Post
WYFF-TV:
Sources Question Governor's Story  —  Gov. Mark Sanford Says He Disappeared To Go Hiking  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — WYFF News 4 has received exclusive information from sources who say they have information about Gov. Mark Sanford's whereabouts during a mysterious absence over the past several days.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sanford Returns!  —  Gov. Mark Sanford is set to return to South Carolina tomorrow.  AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will return to the state tomorrow after spending the last five days hiking the Appalachian Trail, according to a statement released by his office this morning.
Jimmy Orr / Christian Science Monitor:
Sanford disappears to hike Appalachian Trail (on Naked Hiking Day)  —  We're not suggesting that the formerly missing Governor of South Carolina specifically ditched his family and security detail to go hiking on Naked Hiking Day.  But that's what he ended up doing.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sanford's timing  —  Yes, it was Naked Hiking Day.
Discussion: Redhot
Joe Klein / Swampland:
About Last Night  —  I've been receiving a steady stream of favorable emails from Iranian-Americans regarding my appearance on Larry King last night.  They're delighted that I made it clear that Iran is different from the other countries in the region—better educated, more sophisticated …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KLEIN 1, MCCAIN 0.... John McCain has spent an enormous amount of time lately criticizing President Obama's approach to developments in Iran.  On CNN last night, Larry King mentioned to Time's Joe Klein that McCain would be on the program tonight, and asked what Klein would tell the Arizona Republican.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and CNN
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama on Iran and Neda: ‘A remarkable opening’
Discussion: The Swamp and Donklephant
The Huffington Post:   McCain Hits Obama On Iran Again, Joe Klein Tells Him “Be Quiet” (VIDEO)
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CNN:
Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Kristina Wong / The Note:
Congressional Republicans Blast ABC; ABC Fires Back  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: A group of several dozen Republican House members has sent a letter blasting ABC News about its plans to televise a health care forum from the White House — and the president of ABC News fired back today.
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Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Mousavi, Celebrated in Iranian Protests, Was the Butcher of Beirut  —  He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.
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Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Radio Show Captivates Iranians  —  JERUSALEM—In his Friday sermon, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reserved special wrath for “Zionist radio” that he said tried to drive a wedge between the Iranian people and the Islamic Republic.  Such attention from Iran's supreme leader was music to the ears …
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
They Blame America Anyway
Christopher Badeaux / The New Ledger:
Through the Looking Glass With Andrew Sullivan  —  Perhaps the single, common life goal of every intellectual, pseudo-intellectual, and intellectual aspirant, is to be a true Renaissance man — a genius whose force of will and flexible, dominating intellect allows him to master or nearly master …
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
Longtime Clinton confidant Blumenthal to become Clinton advisor  —  Longtime journalist and former Clinton White House advisor Sidney Blumenthal will become a special advisor without portfolio to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Cable has learned.  Blumenthal refused to comment.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
What Obama didn't mention  —  A couple of surprising words were missing from President Barack Obama's 55-minute news conference on Wednesday: “Iraq” — and “Afghanistan.”  —  Also MIA: “Korea,” “Pakistan,” “soldiers,” “surge” and “war” — as well as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Discussion: The Swamp and Blue Crab Boulevard
The Corner:
Eliminating Prison Rape  —  It has been far too long in coming but, yesterday, the Federal Prison Rape Elimination commission released its report on elimination and prevention efforts regarding the biggest social problem nobody wants to talk about: prison rape.
Washington Post:
President Obama Holds Press Conference  —  Opens with Discussion on Health-Care, Iranian Elections and Energy Policy  —  [*] OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Good afternoon, everybody.  —  Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I'll take your questions.
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Son's Death Has Iranian Family Asking Why  —  TEHRAN—The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing.  A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails.  The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Haley Huddles with Top GOP Strategists  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.  AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis  —  Gov. Haley Barbour dined with a handful of senior Republican strategists Monday night in Washington, a gathering certain to further stoke talk of the Mississippi Republican's interest in a 2012 race.
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran bans election protest footballers  —  Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia and two others are ‘retired’ after sporting green wristbands in World Cup qualifier in Seoul  —  Their gesture attracted worldwide comment and drew the attention of football fans to Iran's political turmoil.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Bolton Slams Obama For Being ‘Timid’ On Iran, Then Admits U.S. Options Limited Because Of Bush's Failures  —  Yesterday on Fox News, Sean Hannity and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton joined the right-wing chorus hitting President Obama's response to the Iranian election crisis.
The Politico:
Ensign apologizes to GOP senators  —  Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), caught in the middle of a sex scandal, apologized to his Senate Republican colleagues during a closed-door luncheon, several senators said Tuesday.  —  Ensign made brief remarks, apologized for the impact his actions …
 
 
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