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1:40 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.
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.
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sanford's wife told him to leave ‘to maintain my dignity’  —  The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday in a statement that she continues to love her husband, but that she asked him to leave their home two weeks ago because “I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes …
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 …
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” …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Some Sanford trips were taxpayer-paid  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has taken at least three taxpayer-paid trips to Argentina, however, it's unclear whether he met his girlfriend during any of them.  —  At his news conference in Columbia Wednesday, Sanford said he paid for his most recent trip with is own money.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   John Kerry on Sanford: Too bad Palin didn't go missing too
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Reasons Why Mark Sanford's Political Career Is Now Dead
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Full Debrief
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Vanity Fair
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 …
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.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Iran Parliament Crackdown! Bloody Sniper Video! Frantic Callers!
Gateway Pundit:
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
PJTV: Special Report: Tehran Goes From Bad to Much Worse.
Discussion: Berman Post
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Confirmed: Iran no longer invited to Obama's July 4th cookout
Discussion: Nice Deb and American Power
Fox News:
U.S. Takes Back July 4 Invitations to Iranians
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Not a time for engagement  —  Robert Gibbs says the U.S …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Cable
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.
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Fact Check No. 7: Right Track/Wrong Track? Taxing Benefits
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and RapidRecon
Jonah Goldberg / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Iran Policy is Dead
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 …
Joseph Russo /
BUMPED: How Celtic Diva Treats Trig Palin; UPDATE: Call to Action  —  Here is how Alaska Democratic party operative Linda Kellen Biegel, aka “Celtic Diva,” treats an image of Trig Palin.  —  Take a look at how Biegel edited this picture of Trig:  —  Disgusting.  You should be ashamed of yourself.
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 …
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New York Times Poll Showing 72% Support for Obama's Health Care Plan …
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Sophia A. Nelson / The Huffington Post:
Sex, Lies, and Argentina: Gov. Sanford Should Not Resign from …
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The adolescent angst of Barack Obama
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