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5:30 PM 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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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.
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Barbour to head RGA  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has assumed the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, CNN has learned.  —  Barbour immediately takes over as head of the national Republican campaign organization following South Carolina …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Source: “There Is Some Evidence [Sanford] Was Not Alone”  —  Things are still murky on the Mark Sanford story.  But it's looking increasingly likely that Sanford's trip to Argentina was about more than a scenic drive down the coast.  —  “There is some evidence he was not alone,” a source in South Carolina politics told TPMmuckraker.
Think Progress:
Will Republicans ‘Ask Questions’ Of Sanford, Rather Than ‘Circle The Wagons For One Of Our Tribe’?  —  After days of speculation and misinformation, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) today admitted that he had spent the past week in Argentina — not on the Appalachian trail …
The State:
Sanford admits affair, apologizes to family  —  Governor apologizes to wife, sons and friends  —  S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted today that his secret trip to Argentina over the Father's Day weekend was to visit a woman he has been having an affair with for the past year.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Upon Return, Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair
Michelle Malkin:
Two disappearing acts, one tabloid circus
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Corner
Washington Wire:
Live-Blogging S.C. Gov. Sanford's News Conference
Discussion: Gawker and The Lonely Conservative
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour takes over RGA
Discussion: Wonkette and Facing South
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic
Discussion: FITSNews
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SANFORD: FROM BAD TO WORSE
CNN:
Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4 invitations to Iran  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration is seriously considering not extending invitations to Iranian diplomats for July 4 celebrations overseas, senior administration officials tell CNN.
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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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
WH rescinds July 4 invites to Iranians
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ATTACKERMAN
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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Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Crucifixion of Nico Pitney  —  Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but the Huffington Post reporter is getting tweaked this morning for the question he posed to President Obama at yesterday's White House Press Conference.  It was an odd moment because normally, of course …
Reihan Salam / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Inner Neocon
Gateway Pundit:
CRACKDOWN IN BAHARESTAN SQUARE!... 3 People Shot— Police Will Not Allow Protesters to Assist Them ...Update: 1 Woman Dead ...Update: Several Dead  —  CRACKDOWN IN TEHRAN—  A wounded woman is treated at Baharestan Square in Tehran.  (Al-Arabiya)  —  VIDEO—  POLICE BEATING PROTESTERS INCLUDING WOMEN:
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The Politico:
A Republican comeback?  —  For the first time since their 2006 election drubbing, top Republicans see signs — however faint — of a political resurgence over the next year.  —  At first blush, this sounds absurd.  After all, polls show the GOP more unpopular than ever …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   IT'S ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.... The lead story …
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Paul Starr / American Prospect:
Perils of the Public Plan  —  A badly designed public plan could turn out to be the opposite of what progressives intend.  —  In the current battle over health reform, progressives may have set themselves up for trouble by pinning all their hopes on the creation of a government-run insurance plan.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
presstv.ir:
Iran uncovers plots in presidential election  —  Iran's Intelligence Ministry has uncovered ‘terrorist’ plots targeting the country's security and stability during the presidential election.  —  “The ministry has dismantled the groups involved in such activities and has arrested almost …
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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presstv.ir:
Tehran mayor asks for legalization of rallies
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The adolescent angst of Barack Obama
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sanford Trainwreck Presser Liveblogging Pt. 2
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 Earlier Items: 
Chicago Breaking News:
Journalist John Callaway dies
Discussion: Progress Illinois
James Kanter / Green Inc.:
How Green Is a Nudist Vacation?
Paul Krugman:
Obama messes up on health care, big time
Discussion: New York Times
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dean will miss LGBT fundraiser
New York Times:
One Candidate Withdraws Iran Election Complaints
Discussion: Aljazeera and The New Republic