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8:10 PM ET, June 24, 2009

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John O'Connor / The State:
Exclusive: E-mails between Sanford, woman  —  Woman in affair declines interview  —  Below are excerpts of e-mails, obtained by The State newspaper in December, between Gov. Mark Sanford's personal e-mail account and Maria, a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Reasons Why Mark Sanford's Political Career Is Now Dead  —  The announcement by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford that the “mystery” about his whereabouts stemmed from him being in Argentina conducting an extramarital affair will likely end his political career — and not just because he had an affair.
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 …
The State:
Sanford admits affair, apologizes to family
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Some Sanford trips were taxpayer-paid
Fox News:
South Carolina Gov. Sanford Admits Being ‘Unfaithful’ …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Fausta's Blog
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Upon Return, Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic
Discussion: The Sleuth and FITSNews
Fox News:
Transcript: Excerpts of June 4 Sanford Interview Recalling President …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
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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:
Elise Labott / CNN:
Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4th invitations to Iran  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration is seriously considering not extending invitations to Iranian diplomats for July 4 celebrations overseas, senior administration officials tell CNN.
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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  —  The White House has rescinded the invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at U.S. embassies around the world.  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said nobody from Iran RSVPed to come, and at this point, the invitations are no longer valid.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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Reihan Salam / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Inner Neocon
Jonah Goldberg / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Iran Policy is Dead
Discussion: The Corner and Jules Crittenden
Pew Research Center:
Romney's Image Improves; Palin Well Regarded by Republican Base  —  Favorability of Leading Republicans  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has seen his favorability ratings improve and now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public: 40% rate him favorably, 28% unfavorably.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   John Kerry on Sanford: Too bad Palin didn't go missing too
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.... The lead story on the Politico today ponders the likelihood of a “Republican comeback.” … The Politico's Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Martin concede this “sounds absurd,” but proceed to spend another 2,000+ words exploring why a Republican comeback is …
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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.
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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The South's Folly
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Shadegg: ‘Boycott ABC’ over Obama's healthcare push
BBC:
US-Israel talks in Paris aborted
Emanuele Ottolenghi / Commentary:
Cohen vs. Cohen … Roger Cohen, on June 24, 2009:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Oscar expands best pic noms to 10
presstv.ir:
Tehran mayor asks for legalization of rallies
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The adolescent angst of Barack Obama
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sanford Trainwreck Presser Liveblogging Pt. 2
Alex Crippen / Warren Buffett Watch:
Warren Buffett to CNBC: U.S. Economy In “Shambles” .. No Signs of Recovery Yet
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
presstv.ir:
Iran uncovers plots in presidential election
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists
Discussion: Weekly Standard