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4:45 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.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
On Fox, Mark Sanford “(D)” holds press conference  —  Previously:  —  Media outlets - including Fox - misidentify as Democrats several Republicans facing scandal, poor poll numbers  —  EXPAND ALL EXPAND 1ST LEVEL COLLAPSE ALL
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 …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Upon Return, Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair  —  At a news conference in Columbia, S.C., Gov. Mark Sanford has now admitted that he had an extramarital affair with someone in Argentina, as he attempted to explain his mysterious disappearance from the state last week.
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.
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.
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.
Think Progress:   Will Republicans ‘Ask Questions’ …
Washington Wire:
Live-Blogging S.C. Gov. Sanford's News Conference
Discussion: Gawker and The Lonely Conservative
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SANFORD: FROM BAD TO WORSE
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic
Discussion: FITSNews
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford: 'I've been unfaithful to my wife'
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Mark Sanford's affair: Argentina, amor
Discussion: The Note and Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sanford confesses infidelity, asks forgiveness
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Jonathan Martin / Politico Live's Blog:   Sanford admits affair
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 …
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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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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Reihan Salam / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Inner Neocon
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 …
Elise Labott / CNN:
Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4th 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.
Guardian:
Soltan family ‘forced out of home’  —  Parents of young woman shot dead near protests are banned from mourning and funeral is cancelled, neighbours say  —  The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
Discussion: Jeff Weintraub
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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.
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 …
 
 
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