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9:55 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
CNN:
Missing governor in Argentina, not hiking  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford did not spend the last five days hiking the Appalachian Trail — as his staff indicated — but instead was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he told The State newspaper.
Fox News:
Sanford's Walk in the Woods Draws Fire From South Carolina Capital
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sanford's Wife: I Still Haven't Heard From Him
Discussion: Jesus' General and Philly.com
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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:   Iran Vows To Make Example of Arrestees
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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Wall Street Journal:
Climate Bill Set for Vote After Deal Is Reached  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote Friday on a sprawling climate-change bill, signaling the Democratic leadership's confidence that it can overcome objections from Farm Belt Democrats.
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The Hill:
Pelosi's green gamble
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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The Huffington Post:
McCain Won't Say Obama Is On Iran Reformers' Side  —  Either Sen. John McCain didn't hear Joe Klein tell him to “be quiet” or he doesn't care, because the former presidential candidate went right back at his ex-rival Tuesday afternoon for President Obama's decision not to insert himself into the Iranian crisis.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
In case you wondered: John McCain bows out of 2012 GOP race  —  With unusual ubiquity for a losing presidential candidate, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has been popping up all over the media these days.  —  So it was probably inevitable that he'd get the same question asked …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Discussion: Hot Air and Swampland
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “Neda video,” torture, and the truth-revealing power of images  —  (updated below)  —  The single most significant event in shaping worldwide revulsion towards the violence of the Iranian government has been the video of the young Iranian woman bleeding to death, the so-called “Neda video.”
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama calls on HuffPost for Iran question UPDATE
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists  —  WASHINGTON — Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find …
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Attaturk / Firedoglake:   The delicate balancing act of war crimes
Bloomberg:
Obama Open to Compromise as Senators Balk at Public Health Plan  —  President Barack Obama's push to create a public health-care program to compete with private insurers is meeting so much resistance from Republicans and even some members of his own party that he's signaling a willingness to compromise.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
George F. Will Admits Public Option Will Cut Costs
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 …
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”
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.
 
 
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Huckabee rips into NRSC for backing Crist
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
U.S. to Return Ambassador to Syria After 4-Year Absence
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
We Meant to Do That  —  I had thought about writing a column …
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