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9:45 PM ET, June 24, 2009


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John O'Connor / The State:
Exclusive: E-mails between Sanford, woman  —  Woman in affair declines interview  —  Below are excerpts of e-mails, obtained by The State newspaper in December, between Gov. Mark Sanford's personal e-mail account and Maria, a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
John Kerry on Sanford: Too bad Palin didn't go missing too  —  Don't be too hard on Waffles.  His humor's always been laced with nastiness, which is why he periodically finds himself in clusterfarks over “botched jokes.”  It's not that he hates Palin.  He's just a jerk.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Reasons Why Mark Sanford's Political Career Is Now Dead  —  The announcement by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford that the “mystery” about his whereabouts stemmed from him being in Argentina conducting an extramarital affair will likely end his political career — and not just because he had an affair.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Some Sanford trips were taxpayer-paid  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has taken at least three taxpayer-paid trips to Argentina, however, it's unclear whether he met his girlfriend during any of them.  —  At his news conference in Columbia Wednesday, Sanford said he paid for his most recent trip with is own money.
Discussion: Gawker, Raw Story and Truthdig
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sanford's wife told him to leave ‘to maintain my dignity’  —  The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday in a statement that she continues to love her husband, but that she asked him to leave their home two weeks ago because “I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
So Long Sanford, We Hardly Knew Ya  —  We haven't written much about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford primarily because, outside of talk that he might be the sort of presidential candidate that the Religious Right could rally around, he hasn't really done much that would cause him to show up in our monitoring.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Full Debrief
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Rachelle Cohen / Boston Herald:
Sen. Kerry jokes: ‘Too bad’ Gov. Sarah Palin didn't go missing
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
The State:
Sanford admits affair, apologizes to family
Washington Wire:
Live-Blogging S.C. Gov. Sanford's News Conference
Discussion: Gawker and The Lonely Conservative
Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
Unimaginable Horror In Tehran Today  —  Iran has executed its Tiananmen Square.  Baharestan Square has become synonymous with barbarity, cruelty, massacre and inhumanity.  —  An Iranian blogger (whose URL I will not publish) live blogging from Baharestan Square in central Tehran today captures …
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.
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.
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:
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
WH rescinds July 4 invites to Iranians  —  The White House has rescinded the invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at U.S. embassies around the world.  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said nobody from Iran RSVPed to come, and at this point, the invitations are no longer valid.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Weenie diplomacy now out?  —  Less than 24 hours after Barack …
Discussion: Washington Post and SCSUScholars
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Not a time for engagement  —  Robert Gibbs says the U.S …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Power Line
Jonah Goldberg / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Iran Policy is Dead
Iran arrests foreign nationals in connection with protests
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Fox News:
U.S. Takes Back July 4 Invitations to Iranians
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.... The lead story on the Politico today ponders the likelihood of a “Republican comeback.” … The Politico's Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Martin concede this “sounds absurd,” but proceed to spend another 2,000+ words exploring why a Republican comeback is …
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