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5:55 PM ET, June 24, 2009

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Gina Smith / The State:
Sanford met in Atlanta after returning from South America  —  Governor says he never hiked Appalachian Trail; says he cruised along the coast of Buenos Aires to unwind after stressful legislative session  —  ATLANTA — Gov. Mark Sanford arrived in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning …
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New York Times:
Gov. Sanford Admits Affair and Explains Disappearance  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, said he had conducted an extra-marital affair with a woman in Argentina, ending a mystery over his week-long disappearance that had infuriated lawmakers and seemed to put his rising political career in jeopardy.
Michelle Malkin:
Bastard  —  It's the only fitting word for a man who abandons his wife and four sons on Father's Day weekend to indulge his “overdrive” on an Argentinian fling.  —  Mark Sanford: Bastard.  —  If you missed Sanford's rambling, surreal disaster of a press conference, consider yourself lucky.
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Barbour to head RGA  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has assumed the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, CNN has learned.  —  Barbour immediately takes over as head of the national Republican campaign organization following South Carolina …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Source: “There Is Some Evidence [Sanford] Was Not Alone”  —  Things are still murky on the Mark Sanford story.  But it's looking increasingly likely that Sanford's trip to Argentina was about more than a scenic drive down the coast.  —  “There is some evidence he was not alone,” a source in South Carolina politics told TPMmuckraker.
Think Progress:
Will Republicans ‘Ask Questions’ Of Sanford, Rather Than ‘Circle The Wagons For One Of Our Tribe’?  —  After days of speculation and misinformation, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) today admitted that he had spent the past week in Argentina — not on the Appalachian trail …
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Monthly
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Upon Return, Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair
Washington Wire:
Live-Blogging S.C. Gov. Sanford's News Conference
Discussion: Gawker and The Lonely Conservative
The State:
Sanford admits affair, apologizes to family
Michelle Malkin:
Two disappearing acts, one tabloid circus
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Corner
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic
Discussion: FITSNews
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SANFORD: FROM BAD TO WORSE
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Mark Sanford's affair: Argentina, amor
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Barbara Slavin / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran's ayatollah before election  —  Administration overture to Khamenei ridiculed in sermon  —  Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
WH rescinds July 4 invites to Iranians
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Gateway Pundit:
CRACKDOWN IN BAHARESTAN SQUARE!... 3 People Shot— Police Will Not Allow Protesters to Assist Them ...Update: 1 Woman Dead ...Update: Several Dead  —  CRACKDOWN IN TEHRAN—  A wounded woman is treated at Baharestan Square in Tehran.  (Al-Arabiya)  —  VIDEO—  POLICE BEATING PROTESTERS INCLUDING WOMEN:
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Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
Unimaginable Horror In Tehran Today  —  Iran has executed its Tiananmen Square.  Baharestan Square has become synonymous with barbarity, cruelty, massacre and inhumanity.  —  An Iranian blogger (whose URL I will not publish) live blogging from Baharestan Square in central Tehran today captures …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stay Tuned for More of ‘The Obama Show’  —  In his first daytime news conference yesterday, President Obama preempted “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.”  But the soap viewers shouldn't have been disappointed: The president had arranged some prepackaged entertainment for them.
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The Politico:
A Republican comeback?  —  For the first time since their 2006 election drubbing, top Republicans see signs — however faint — of a political resurgence over the next year.  —  At first blush, this sounds absurd.  After all, polls show the GOP more unpopular than ever …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   IT'S ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.... The lead story …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Grassley: In Order For Health Care To Be 'Bipartisan, ‘We Need To Make Sure There Is No Public Option’  —  On MSNBC this morning, Norah O'Donnell asked Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, “what needs to be in” a health care reform bill “for it to be bipartisan.”
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Paul Starr / American Prospect:
Perils of the Public Plan  —  A badly designed public plan could turn out to be the opposite of what progressives intend.  —  In the current battle over health reform, progressives may have set themselves up for trouble by pinning all their hopes on the creation of a government-run insurance plan.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
presstv.ir:
Iran uncovers plots in presidential election  —  Iran's Intelligence Ministry has uncovered ‘terrorist’ plots targeting the country's security and stability during the presidential election.  —  “The ministry has dismantled the groups involved in such activities and has arrested almost …
Guardian:
Soltan family ‘forced out of home’  —  Parents of young woman shot dead near protests are banned from mourning and funeral is cancelled, neighbours say  —  The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
 
 
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BBC:
US-Israel talks in Paris aborted
Emanuele Ottolenghi / Commentary:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
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Discussion: The New Republic
presstv.ir:
Tehran mayor asks for legalization of rallies
Discussion: News: News blog
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Trade Officials Tell China to Revoke PC Rule
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rape Isn't Funny  —  Eli Lehrer advocates for the end of prison rape over at NRO:
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The adolescent angst of Barack Obama
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sanford Trainwreck Presser Liveblogging Pt. 2
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Alex Crippen / Warren Buffett Watch:
Warren Buffett to CNBC: U.S. Economy In “Shambles” .. No Signs of Recovery Yet
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
How Green Is a Nudist Vacation?
Paul Krugman:
Obama messes up on health care, big time
Discussion: New York Times and Campaign Silo
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Head of EMILY's List: ‘Phenomenal’ to See Hillary as Secretary of State