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11:45 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.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SANFORD'S TANGO  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Sanford's tango: Well, it turns out that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) wasn't hiking the Appalachian Trail after all.  Instead, he was in — get this — Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sanford: From Bad to Worse  —  Updated, 10:51 a.m. ET: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. today from his office in the statehouse in Columbia.  —  Original Post  —  The news — first reported by the State newspaper — that Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sanford was in South America
CNN:
Missing governor in Argentina, not hiking
Huma Khan / The Note:
Sanford Was in Argentina — Not Appalachian Trail
Associated Press:
A look at odd behavior by US governors
Discussion: Nashville Scene and Wonkette
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 …
New York Times:
One Candidate Withdraws Iran Election Complaints  —  TEHRAN — A losing candidate in Iran's disputed presidential election formally withdrew complaints of vote rigging Wednesday, state television reported, opening a rift among those who had challenged the outcome even as other opponents maintained …
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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The New Republic:
Pitney's Not a Potted Plant
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Washington and the Iran Protests: Would they be Allowed in the US?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
In case you wondered: John McCain bows out of 2012 GOP race
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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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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Christopher Goffard / Los Angeles Times:   New batch of Nixon tapes released
CNN:
Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women
Discussion: PoliBlog
Pew Research Center:
Romney's Image Improves; Palin Well Regarded by Republican Base  —  Favorability of Leading Republicans  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has seen his favorability ratings improve and now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public: 40% rate him favorably, 28% unfavorably.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
George F. Will Admits Public Option Will Cut Costs
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 …
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
New York Times:
Update |  8:19 a.m. According to an update on Twitter posted one minute ago, apparently by the Iranian blogger Mojtaba Samienejad, there have been clashes in front of Iran's Parliament:  —  Conflict in Baharestan Sq.  They even attack to people walk on sidewalk and use Tears GAS
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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