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3:00 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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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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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Car believed to be Sanford's found at South Carolina airport  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The black Chevy Suburban believed to have been used by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to leave town has been found in the parking lot of Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Joe Windish / The Moderate Voice:
A Sanford Potpourri  —  I had read enough of the blogs by the time the early morning news shows were reporting that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had been “found” to be bothered by their inaccuracy.  —  Obviously the story will be all over the news tomorrow (when he's said to be returning …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sanford's Wife: I Still Haven't Heard From Him  —  AWOL South Carolina governor Mark Sanford may have briefly checked in with his office this morning to assure them he's fine and he'll be back at work tomorrow.  But he hasn't told his wife, according to her.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Sanford to return to work tomorrow
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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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Pushing the President's Buttons  —  Barack Obama, as everyone knows, is one of the most disciplined, controlled and unflappable political leaders in modern times.  Except when he grows testy.  And during Tuesday afternoon's press conference, the president's inability to mask mild annoyance was on full display.
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Weird “AA” Crack
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Balloon Juice
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:
Anyone Forget Bush v. Gore?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Tapes Reveal Nixon's View of Abortion  —  WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement.  But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.
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CNN:
Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Richard Nixon believed one way to shore up the GOP in 1973 was by recruiting “attractive” women, but not because he was “for women,” according to audio tapes released Tuesday.  —  In February of 1973 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Octavia Nasr / CNN:
Clerics join Iran's anti-government protests  —  CNN Senior Editor, Middle East Affairs  —  (CNN) — A photo showing Iranian clerics prominently participating in an anti-government protest speaks volumes about the new face of Iran's opposition movement.  —  In a blatant act of defiance …
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The End of the Beginning  —  TEHRAN — Iran's 1979 revolution took a full year to gestate.  The uprising of 2009 has now ended its first phase.  But the volatility ushered in by the June 12 ballot-box putsch of Iran's New Right is certain to endure over the coming year.  The Islamic Republic has been weakened.
Barbara Slavin / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran's ayatollah before election
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Democrats cut deal on climate bill  —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has overcome one of the last big obstacles standing in the path of his landmark climate-change bill, cutting a deal with Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson …
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Wall Street Journal:   Climate Bill Set for Vote After Deal Is Reached
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday.  —  The guidelines will be in an updated federal handbook …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Autumn Sandeen / Pam's House Blend:
New York Times: “New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
U.S. Drone Strike Said to Kill 60 in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An airstrike believed to have been carried out by a United States drone killed at least 60 people at a funeral for a Taliban fighter in South Waziristan on Tuesday, residents of the area and local news reports said.
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Guardian:   US missile strike kills 60 in Pakistan
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:   Scores of Taliban killed in second US strike in South Waziristan
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 …
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The Huffington Post:   McCain Hits Obama On Iran Again, Joe Klein Tells Him “Be Quiet” (VIDEO)
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John Lichfield / The Independent:
Mousavi ‘under 24-hour guard’
Discussion: Reuters and Atlas Shrugs
John / Power Line:
He Thinks You're Stupid  —  In his press conference today, President Obama talked about the cap-and-trade energy tax that the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress.  Obama's nose grew a couple of inches as he uttered this howler: … The idea that the energy tax will come to rest with …
Kathryn Cheng / ABC News' Press Room:
David Westin Responds to Members of the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus  —  Dear Congressman Smith:  —  Thank you for your letter of today's date concerning our planned coverage tomorrow of health care reform in America.  I am pleased that you agree that the subject deserves extensive and careful coverage.
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Chris / TVNewser:
New All-Time Lows for Both CBS & ABC Evening Newscasts  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned the CBS Evening News has once again set an all-time low last week with 4.89 million Total Viewers and 1.42 million A25-54 viewers.  But it was also the lowest (since records began in the 1991-'92 season) for ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Attacks “Illogical” Opposition to Public Plan  —  Very little about American health care is logical.  —  I didn't watch today's press conference, but reading back over the transcript I liked this discourse on the public plan, in which Obama was letting his Vulcan side show:
Discussion: Lean Left, Daily Kos and TPMDC
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