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7:35 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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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.
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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.
Joe Windish / The Moderate Voice:
A Sanford Potpourri  —  I had read enough of the blogs by the time the early morning news shows were reporting that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had been “found” to be bothered by their inaccuracy.  —  Obviously the story will be all over the news tomorrow (when he's said to be returning …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sanford's Wife: I Still Haven't Heard From Him  —  AWOL South Carolina governor Mark Sanford may have briefly checked in with his office this morning to assure them he's fine and he'll be back at work tomorrow.  But he hasn't told his wife, according to her.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama calls on HuffPost for Iran question UPDATE  —  In what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post's Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran.  —  “Nico, I know you and all across the Internet …
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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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stay Tuned for More of ‘The Obama Show’
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Weird “AA” Crack
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Balloon Juice
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:
Anyone Forget Bush v. Gore?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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 …
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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 …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The End of the Beginning  —  TEHRAN — Iran's 1979 revolution took a full year to gestate.  The uprising of 2009 has now ended its first phase.  But the volatility ushered in by the June 12 ballot-box putsch of Iran's New Right is certain to endure over the coming year.  The Islamic Republic has been weakened.
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.
Discussion: The Minority Report
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The Hill:
Pelosi's green gamble
Discussion: The Politico
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”
Guardian:
US missile strike kills 60 in Pakistan  —  • Local official says half of the dead were civilians  —  • Bodyguard assassinates Taliban leader Zainuddin  —  A US drone aircraft killed at least 45 Pakistani Taliban militants in south Waziristan yesterday when it fired missiles …
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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 …
Christopher Badeaux / The New Ledger:
Through the Looking Glass With Andrew Sullivan  —  Perhaps the single, common life goal of every intellectual, pseudo-intellectual, and intellectual aspirant, is to be a true Renaissance man — a genius whose force of will and flexible, dominating intellect allows him to master or nearly master …
Kathryn Cheng / ABC News' Press Room:
David Westin Responds to Members of the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus  —  Dear Congressman Smith:  —  Thank you for your letter of today's date concerning our planned coverage tomorrow of health care reform in America.  I am pleased that you agree that the subject deserves extensive and careful coverage.
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John Lichfield / The Independent:
Mousavi ‘under 24-hour guard’  —  The Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi is under 24-hour guard by secret police and no longer able to speak freely to supporters, according to the film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  —  Mr Makhmalbaf, 52, an informal spokesman abroad for the protest in Iran …
Discussion: Reuters and Atlas Shrugs
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Chris / TVNewser:
New All-Time Lows for Both CBS & ABC Evening Newscasts  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned the CBS Evening News has once again set an all-time low last week with 4.89 million Total Viewers and 1.42 million A25-54 viewers.  But it was also the lowest (since records began in the 1991-'92 season) for ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
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.
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Reform of regulation has to start by altering incentives  —  Proposals for reform of financial regulation are now everywhere.  The most significant have come from the US, where President Barack Obama's administration last week put forward a comprehensive, albeit timid, set of ideas.
Financial Times:
Pessimistic executives cash out of shares  —  Growing pessimism about the prospects for a global economic recovery sent stock and commodity prices tumbling on Monday while new data showed that leading US corporate executives were cashing out of their share holdings at a rapid pace.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Most Americans Want Health Reform but Worry About Costs, Quality  —  A majority of Americans see government action as critical to controlling runaway health-care costs, but there is broad public anxiety about the potential impact of reform legislation and conflicting views about the types …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
 
 
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