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12:20 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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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.
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.) …
Huma Khan / The Note:
Sanford Was in Argentina — Not Appalachian Trail  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The case of the missing governor has a new twist.  —  The State newspaper in South Carolina is reporting that Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., has been located as of Wednesday morning — in the Atlanta airport.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Car believed to be Sanford's found at South Carolina airport
CNN:
Missing governor in Argentina, not hiking
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sanford was in South America
Washington Wire:
S.C. Gov. Sanford Returns — From Argentina
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Aljazeera
Michael Weissenstein / Associated Press:   Mousavi wife compares Iran state to martial law
CNN:
Iran arrests foreign nationals in connection with protests
Discussion: Hot Air and A Blog For All
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vanity Fair
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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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Baucus Grabs Pacesetter Role on Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON —As President Obama's effort to overhaul the health care system seems to hit one roadblock after another in Congress, he is counting on Senator Max Baucus, a political shape-shifter and crafty deal maker who is not fully trusted by either party …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
George F. Will Admits Public Option Will Cut Costs
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
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presstv.ir:
Police discover unrest HQ in Tehran
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.
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
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 …
Guardian:
Live blog: Iran crisis  —  How will Iran react to Barack Obama's condemnation of the brutal suppression of street protests?  And can the opposition movement maintain momentum in the face of the crackdown?  Follow live updates on Iran's disputed elections  —  5.07pm:
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and BuzzFlash.org
 
 
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