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11:40 AM ET, June 23, 2009

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sanford Story Takes More Serious Turn  —  Late Monday evening, Gov. Mark Sanford's office revealed that he is hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  —  On the face of it, that solves the mystery.  But this article from The State, South Carolina's main newspaper, suggests some more troubling possibilities to the story.
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Sanford's Hiking Trail Got Stimulus Money He Opposed  —  Gov. Mark Sanford has spent a good part of South Carolina's past legislative session railing against, and even actively turning down, portions of Barack Obama's stimulus package.  And when the session ended with Sanford losing his fight …
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.
The Politico:
Missing Gov. sparks political fight
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford hiking Appalachian Trail, his office says
Discussion: Firedoglake
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford to return to work Wednesday, staff says
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.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Occasional Smoker, 47, Signs Tobacco Bill
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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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad  —  Iran's post-election tumult has exposed the sharply divergent ways in which the Obama administration and its Republican opponents view the nature of American power and the president's role in speaking to political dissent outside the borders of the United States.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama, Staying Cool on Iran
Discussion: Commentary and BuzzFlash.org
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White House: Cairo speech inspired the Iran uprising
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
At Least Nine Killed in Red Line Crash  —  The number of people killed in last night's deadly Red Line crash has risen to at least nine, Metro officials said this morning, shortly after five bodies were removed from the mangled wreckage.  —  The train that slammed into the back of another during …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Jenny Booth / Times of London:
Iranian authorities scramble to negate Neda Soltan ‘martyrdom’  —  The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of a student shot dead in Tehran to take down mourning posters as they struggle to stop her becoming the rallying point for protests against the presidential election.
Discussion: normblog and Raw Story
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Family, friends mourn Iranian woman whose death was caught on video
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.
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 Kane / Washington Post:
Approval Ratings for Pelosi Hit a New Low  —  A month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's showdown with the CIA over interrogation techniques, just 38 percent of Americans approve of her job performance, while 45 percent disapprove, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Rubio's curious Tweet  —  Twitter hasn't always been a politician's best friend — see Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra's comparison of House Republican floor rebellions to the uprising in Iran or Newt Gingrich calling Sonia Sotomayor a “racist.”  —  Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio …
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 …
New York Times:
Top Clerical Council in Iran Rejects Plea to Annul Vote  —  CAIRO — Iran's Guardian Council, the senior clerical body charged with certifying the disputed presidential election, has rejected the opposition's demand for the vote to be annulled on grounds of fraud, state television reported on its Web site Tuesday.
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.
Discussion: The Reaction
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama's Political Operation To Launch Big Database Of Health Care Stories  —  In a major new effort to throw Obama's campaign apparatus into the push for health care reform, the White House's political operation is set to launch a massive new online data bank of thousands of health care stories …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Justices Say Waste Can Be Dumped in Lake  —  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Clean Water Act does not prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from allowing mining waste to be dumped into rivers, streams and other waters.  —  In a 6-to-3 decision that drew fierce criticism from environmentalists …
BBC:
Death video woman ‘targeted by militia’  —  Amateur video apparently showing a young Iranian woman dying in Tehran after she was allegedly shot by pro-government militia on Saturday has caused outrage in Iran and abroad.  —  The woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, was buried on Sunday.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Alaska waiting on Sarah Palin's plans  —  Many of those who spoke to POLITICO speculated that Palin is likely to announce her intentions next spring, around the time she begins traveling the country as part of her expected book tour.  —  State Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich …
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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