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11:00 AM ET, June 25, 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.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The disturbing glee at Mark Sanford's downfall.  —  Mark Sanford is no longer missing, but he's obviously lost.  The South Carolina governor's press conference was excruciating: apology, followed by self-flagellation, followed by apology.  It was like watching a man light himself on fire.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Sanford Case a New Dose of Bad News for Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans were just starting to breathe a little easier.  —  The news that Senator John Ensign had had an affair with a former aide who was married to another former aide was fading.  Polls showed some voter impatience …
New York Times:
For Press, Rumors but No Evidence of Straying  —  About six months ago, an anonymous tipster sent The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., copies of e-mail messages supposedly exchanged between Gov. Mark Sanford and a woman named Maria in Argentina.  —  Reporters sent e-mail …
Discussion: The State and Romenesko
Washington Wire:
Inglis to GOP: ‘Lose Stinking Rot of Self-Righteousness’  —  Jonathan Weisman reports on politics.  —  South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis made a name for himself in the late 1990s as one of Bill Clinton's most zealous pursuers, an impeachment “manager” who attacked the moral failings of the president …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rachelle Cohen / Boston Herald:
Sen. Kerry jokes: ‘Too bad’ Gov. Sarah Palin didn't go missing  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman yesterday.  —  The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre” …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Social conservatives fall from moral high ground
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
John Kerry on Sanford: Too bad Palin didn't go missing too
Discussion: Paco Enterprises
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
On Fox, Mark Sanford “(D)” holds press conference
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Defends Right to Choose Best Care  —  In ABC News Health Care Forum, President Answers Questions About Reform  —  President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Michael Dukakis moment  —  Barack Obama got ABC to move their news division into the White House in order to make the big pitch for his egalitarian, everyone-gets-treated-equally ObamaCare push.  Instead, Obama fumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that exposed him as a hypocrite.
Fact Check: The Truth Behind Obama's Health Care Plan  —  Fact or Fiction?  Decoding the President's Prescription for American Health Care  —  President Obama took his health care reform plan to the American people in a forum at the White House Wednesday night broadcast live on ABC.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama discusses deathbed measures  —  At a healthcare town hall, he says stopping futile procedures for the terminally ill can lower costs.  —  Reporting from Washington — President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive …
Michelle Malkin:
The Obamacare Show: Two dissenting docs challenge Dear Leader
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
First Lady Is Creating Role That Reflects Her Passions
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kate Barrett / The Note:
Fact Check No. 7: Right Track/Wrong Track? Taxing Benefits
Discussion: The Politico
ABCNEWS:   TRANSCRIPT: ‘Questions for the President: Prescription for America’
News: News blog:
Iran crisis: live  —  Another opposition protest is planned today amid signs of behind-the-scenes manoeuvring to calm anger about Iran's disputed election and reports that Britons have been arrested in the latest crackdown.  Follow live updates  —  2.45pm:
New York Times:
Ahmadinejad Assails Obama as Opposition Urges Defiance  —  TEHRAN — As Iran's embattled opposition leader renewed a call for protests against the disputed presidential elections, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assailed President Obama on Thursday, telling him to stop interfering in Iran's affairs …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
No Rally Reported  —  Despite the tweets below, so far there's …
Discussion: Washington Times and ATTACKERMAN
MPs ‘snub’ Ahmadinejad party  —  More than 100 MPs appear to have snubbed an invitation to celebrate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election win, local press reports say.  —  All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night but 105 did not turn up, the reports say.
Rafsanjani has enough support to remove Khamenei: reports
Eddie Wrenn / Daily Mail:
Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station  —  Framed by a circle of clouds, this is a stunning illustration of Nature's powerful force.  —  A plume of smoke, ash and steam soars five miles into the sky from an erupting volcano.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin blasts Alaska blogger over Trig photo  —  Sarah Palin is again responding forcefully to a perceived attack on one of her children, this time attacking an Alaska blogger who edited a picture of her and her baby son, Trig, to replace Trig's face with the image of a conservative Alaska talk show host, Eddie Burke.
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 …
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Iran Parliament Crackdown! Bloody Sniper Video! Frantic Callers!
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
HuffPo's Question at Obama News Conference Sparks a Media Flap  —  It may seem unseemly, given the apparent bloodshed in Iran today, to dwell on fallout among the media and bloggers about the Obama administration's selective process for taking questions at a presidential news conference.
They Planted a Gay Whore in His News Conferences!!!
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Obama Plays Hardball With Watchdogs  —  Gerald Walpin has quickly become the most famous of the three inspector generals who've left their jobs in recent weeks, exposing what appears to be a pattern of pressure from the Obama administration.  —  In radio and television interviews …
Murray Waas / The Hill:
Bush administration leaks bolstered Rick Renzi's reelection bid  —  In the fall of 2006, one day after the Justice Department granted permission to a U.S. attorney to place a wiretap on a Republican congressman suspected of corruption, existence of the investigation was leaked to the press …
Discussion: Raw Story and Emptywheel
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran opposition leader blasts rulers; 70 professors arrested  —  Mousavi says the supreme leader's actions are not ‘in the interests of the country,’ and the crackdown imperils the Islamic Republic.  —  Reporting from Tehran — Iran's leading opposition figurehead, Mir-Hossein Mousavi …
Elliott Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Is Wrong About the Settlements  —  The U.S. and Israel reached a clear understanding about natural growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Despite fervent denials by Obama administration officials, there were indeed agreements between Israel and the United States regarding the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
Discussion: Commentary
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