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12:55 PM 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.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The disturbing glee at Mark Sanford's downfall.  —  Mark Sanford is no longer missing, but he's obviously lost.  The South Carolina governor's press conference was excruciating: apology, followed by self-flagellation, followed by apology.  It was like watching a man light himself on fire.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Sanford Case a New Dose of Bad News for Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans were just starting to breathe a little easier.  —  The news that Senator John Ensign had had an affair with a former aide who was married to another former aide was fading.  Polls showed some voter impatience …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Social conservatives fall from moral high ground  —  Republicans retreat from values claims  —  Social conservatives, the once-powerful force that focused the Republican agenda on moral virtue and family values, have suffered a diminished brand on the national political landscape …
New York Times:
For Press, Rumors but No Evidence of Straying  —  About six months ago, an anonymous tipster sent The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., copies of e-mail messages supposedly exchanged between Gov. Mark Sanford and a woman named Maria in Argentina.  —  Reporters sent e-mail …
Discussion: The State, Newsweek Blogs and Romenesko
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Extramarital Affairs, Like Sanford's, Morally Taboo
Washington Wire:
Inglis to GOP: ‘Lose Stinking Rot of Self-Righteousness’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Michael Dukakis moment  —  Barack Obama got ABC to move their news division into the White House in order to make the big pitch for his egalitarian, everyone-gets-treated-equally ObamaCare push.  Instead, Obama fumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that exposed him as a hypocrite.
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 …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama discusses deathbed measures  —  At a healthcare town hall, he says stopping futile procedures for the terminally ill can lower costs.  —  Reporting from Washington — President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive …
Fact Check: The Truth Behind Obama's Health Care Plan  —  Fact or Fiction?  Decoding the President's Prescription for American Health Care  —  President Obama took his health care reform plan to the American people in a forum at the White House Wednesday night broadcast live on ABC.
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
ABC ObamaCare Special Turns Into Presidential Filibuster  —  President Obama uses network primetime special and overtime ‘Nightline’ coverage to talk for more than 45 minutes of combined 75-minute programs, revealing nothing new.  —  Business & Media Institute
Discussion: Flopping Aces
MPs ‘snub’ Ahmadinejad party  —  More than 100 MPs appear to have snubbed an invitation to celebrate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election win, local press reports say.  —  All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night but 105 did not turn up, the reports say.
New York Times:
Ahmadinejad Assails Obama as Opposition Urges Defiance  —  TEHRAN — As Iran's embattled opposition leader renewed a call for protests against the disputed presidential elections, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assailed President Obama on Thursday, telling him to stop interfering in Iran's affairs …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Iran protesters alter tactics to avoid death
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
No Rally Reported  —  Despite the tweets below, so far there's …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cap and Tax Fiction  —  Democrats off-loading economics to pass climate change bill.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Gore not coming to D.C.
Discussion: American Solutions
Elliott Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Is Wrong About the Settlements  —  The U.S. and Israel reached a clear understanding about natural growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Despite fervent denials by Obama administration officials, there were indeed agreements between Israel and the United States regarding the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Lynch:
Stand Firm on Settlements
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
Murray Waas / The Hill:
Bush administration leaks bolstered Rick Renzi's reelection bid  —  In the fall of 2006, one day after the Justice Department granted permission to a U.S. attorney to place a wiretap on a Republican congressman suspected of corruption, existence of the investigation was leaked to the press …
New York Times:
Obama Set for First Step on Immigration Reform  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to meet with Congressional leaders of both parties on Thursday to begin laying the political groundwork for sweeping immigration legislation, even though its passage this year is considered very unlikely.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
White House Hosts Immigration Talks
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
NY Times Bashes Obama's HuffPo Question As “Staged,” But Hailed Bush's “Mission Accomplished” Moment  —  The New York Times has now weighed in on the battle over President Obama's question from a Huffington Post reporter, and Times writer Kate Phillips, like other reporters …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran opposition leader blasts rulers; 70 professors arrested  —  Mousavi says the supreme leader's actions are not ‘in the interests of the country,’ and the crackdown imperils the Islamic Republic.  —  Reporting from Tehran — Iran's leading opposition figurehead, Mir-Hossein Mousavi …
Discussion: Payvand Iran News and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin blasts Alaska blogger over Trig photo  —  Sarah Palin is again responding forcefully to a perceived attack on one of her children, this time attacking an Alaska blogger who edited a picture of her and her baby son, Trig, to replace Trig's face with the image of a conservative Alaska talk show host, Eddie Burke.
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Beware the Christians!  —  Comparing the Christian right with the brutal ayatollahs in Iran is childish nonsense.  —  As we watch the horrors in Iran, it makes us wonder if anything like that could happen in America.  In Iran, the mullahs control everything and feel justified in any injustice …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Emanuel: Sanford needed a cigarette  —  Perhaps no one knows how to butter up reporters better than White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  —  The longtime Washington insider is known for personally reaching out to reporters and always being cognizant of the media landscape.
Discussion: The Note
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
McCain-Graham play nice on Iran  —  Two of President Barack Obama's toughest critics on Iran had kind words for him Thursday.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised Obama for taking a tougher tack toward the Iranian regime this week.
Discussion: The Note
Court: School Strip Search Violated Teen's Rights  —  Supreme Court Finds Search of Savana Redding Unconstitutional, But Determines That School Officials are Protected from Liability  —  The Supreme Court ruled today that school officials' strip search of a then-13-year-old Arizona teen suspected …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Raw Story
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