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8:50 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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford hiking Appalachian Trail, his office says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mark Sanford's office is now saying that the South Carolina governor is hiking the Appalachian trail.  —  In a late Monday e-mail to reporters, Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer apologized “for taking so long to send this update …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sanford Story Takes More Serious Turn
Discussion: CNN and Comments from Left Field
Wcbd / Local News for WCBD:
UPDATE #6: Where is Governor Mark Sanford?  First Lady, Lt. Governor don't know.
Discussion: Wonkette, Balloon Juice and msnbc.com
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
AWOL South Carolina Gov. Sanford has state in a tizzy
Discussion: Reason and Truthdig
Agence France Presse:
US says hot dog diplomacy still on with Iran  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on opposition supporters.  —  President Barack Obama's administration …
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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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
State Dep't: Iranian diplomats still welcome to celebrate July 4th with U.S.; Update: Video added  —  Via Weasel Zippers, a gesture of solidarity per our two nations' shared interest in life, liberty, and shooting women in the heart on the street, I guess.  —  Not even a disinvitation …
BBC:
Death video woman ‘targeted by militia’
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond
Rich Lowry / The Corner:   ‘I have a message for the international community’
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Why Obama's sudden news conference today?  And what he'll say  —  You don't need to be a basketball-loving president of the United States to know that if you're trying to block opponents' shots in your end, you sure aren't increasing your own totals.  You can't score points on D.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Nice Deb
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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
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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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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alarabiya.net:
Iranian clerics seek supreme leader alternative  —  Clashes between protesters and police Saturday left at least 13 people dead (File)  —  Religious leaders are considering an alternative to the supreme leader structure after at least 13 people were killed in the latest unrest to shake Tehran …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Villaraigosa won't run for governor  —  The decision may help possible Democratic candidate Jerry Brown more than Gavin Newsom, experts say.  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's decision Monday to skip the 2010 race for California governor left a two-person contest for the Democratic nomination …
Discussion: VDARE.com and Hotline On Call
WTOP.com:
9 dead after Metro train derailment, collision  —  WASHINGTON - A Metro train smashed into the back of another at the height of the Monday evening rush hour, killing at least nine people and injuring scores of others as cars from the trailing train jackknifed into the air and fell atop the first.
Scott / Power Line:
What Bill Keller learned from George Bush  —  On Sunday we wrote about the escape of New York Times reporter David Rohde from his captivity with the Taliban.  In its page-one story on Rohde's escape, the Times disclosed that it had kept Rohde's kidnapping and detention by the Taliban a secret for the past seven months.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What Roger Cohen Saw  —  Andrew writes of Roger Cohen: … On behalf of the “usual suspects,” let me just say this: Roger Cohen in no way “saw this coming.”  In fact, he made a name for himself internationally as one of the leading Western apologists for Khamenei and Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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.
 
 
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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Eurozone recovery loses momentum
Discussion: Free exchange and European Tribune
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
America's Concern Troll
Discussion: Washington Post
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Climate change bill to hit House floor this week
Discussion: The Politico
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems ignore Obama cuts
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
Obama ‘moved’ by Iran protest images
Paul Krugman:
Climate change fantasies
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Clinton Cancels Overseas Trip
Discussion: Wonkette and Hotline On Call
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RANGEL COP ‘NIECE’ EYED IN PERP BOOST
Ron Williams / delawareonline:
Republicans are trying to shoot their own feet
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Understanding Obama on Iran