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9:15 AM ET, June 25, 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.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
On Fox, Mark Sanford “(D)” holds press conference  —  Previously:  —  Media outlets - including Fox - misidentify as Democrats several Republicans facing scandal, poor poll numbers  —  EXPAND ALL EXPAND 1ST LEVEL COLLAPSE ALL
Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford  —  South Carolina's First Lady Jenny Sanford released the following statement Wednesday:  —  I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage.
Rachelle Cohen / Boston Herald:
Sen. Kerry jokes: ‘Too bad’ Gov. Sarah Palin didn't go missing  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman yesterday.  —  The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre” …
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.
Washington Wire:
Inglis to GOP: ‘Lose Stinking Rot of Self-Righteousness’  —  Jonathan Weisman reports on politics.  —  South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis made a name for himself in the late 1990s as one of Bill Clinton's most zealous pursuers, an impeachment “manager” who attacked the moral failings of the president …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
John Kerry on Sanford: Too bad Palin didn't go missing too  —  Don't be too hard on Waffles.  His humor's always been laced with nastiness, which is why he periodically finds himself in clusterfarks over “botched jokes.”  It's not that he hates Palin.  He's just a jerk.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The disturbing glee at Mark Sanford's downfall.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Full Debrief
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Ben Smith's Blog
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Reasons Why Mark Sanford's Political Career Is Now Dead
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Defends Right to Choose Best Care  —  In ABC News Health Care Forum, President Answers Questions About Reform  —  President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier …
Michelle Malkin:
The Obamacare Show: Two dissenting docs challenge Dear Leader  —  Here's your open thread for the ABC News/White House Obamacare Show, which broadcasts at 10pm Eastern.  —  No John Stossel, it appears, but the ABC News press relations office just sent out word that a few skeptical doctors did put President Obama on the spot.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Stop The ACLU
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama discusses deathbed measures
Discussion: The Swamp and Power Line
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
First Lady Is Creating Role That Reflects Her Passions
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Fact Check No. 7: Right Track/Wrong Track? Taxing Benefits
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Schippert / ThreatsWatch:
ThreatsWatch.Org - 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 …
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Iran Parliament Crackdown! Bloody Sniper Video! Frantic Callers!
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Lawmakers not yet sure of Bernanke  —  Democrats and Republicans are increasingly critical of the Federal Reserve's sweeping actions to stanch the financial crisis, but lawmakers won't yet say whether President Obama should reappoint Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman.
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
G.O.P. to Paint Bernanke as Big Government Ally
Discussion: Economist's View
Bloomberg:   Paulson to Testify in Congress on Merrill Takeover
They Planted a Gay Whore in His News Conferences!!!  —  I'm going to get to what it means that the AP—purportedly the most neutral source of “news” out there—is harping on the Nico Pitney question.  But first, check out what this “news” entity claims in paragraph nine of their story …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
FBI Arrests White Supremacist Blogger Hal Turner For Threatening To Kill Federal Judges  —  Today, FBI agents went to the New Jersey home of white supremacist blogger/radio host Hal Turner and arrested him “on a federal complaint filed in Chicago alleging that he made internet postings threatening …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that the pace of economic contraction is slowing.  Conditions in financial markets have generally improved in recent months.  Household spending has shown further signs of stabilizing …
Rafsanjani has enough support to remove Khamenei: reports  —  As the Iranian government continues to crackdown on protestors against the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, behind the scenes there is reported to be movement which, although hidden, could bring an end the reign …
Eddie Wrenn / Daily Mail:
Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station  —  Framed by a circle of clouds, this is a stunning illustration of Nature's powerful force.  —  A plume of smoke, ash and steam soars five miles into the sky from an erupting volcano.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Scott / Power Line:
Hot dogs  —  The Obama administration's July 4 hot dog diplomacy with Iran symbolizes the administration's embarrassing intellectual confusion.  The Iranian regime is an evil tyranny supporting terrororists and terrorism against America and its friends.  —  In the struggle of the Iranian people …
Discussion: The Politico and The Cable
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