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11:15 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 …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Social conservatives fall from moral high ground  —  Republicans retreat from values claims  —  Social conservatives, the once-powerful force that focused the Republican agenda on moral virtue and family values, have suffered a diminished brand on the national political landscape …
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, Newsweek Blogs and Romenesko
Washington Wire:
Inglis to GOP: ‘Lose Stinking Rot of Self-Righteousness’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Rafsanjani has enough support to remove Khamenei: reports
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  —  3.42pm:  —  (Thanks Matthew.
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.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Iran Parliament Crackdown!  Bloody Sniper Video!  Frantic Callers!  —  Readers should go to Twitter #IranElection for the phenomenal output of information coming out of Iran right now.  Lots of information at Memeorandum!  —  Here's a video of apparent sniper attacks, dated today:
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
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
Michelle Malkin:
ManBearPig to the rescue: Gore lobbies for cap-and-tax; Update: Pelosi tells Gore to stay home!  —  See update below...snort...  Al Gore is traveling to Washington today to whip House Democrats on tomorrow's cap-and-tax bill.  —  No word on the amount of bogus carbon offsets ManBearPig's trip to the Hill will cost:
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
VA Medical System in Shambles, Veterans Groups Say  —  With Veterans Affairs hospitals giving botched radiation treatments to nearly 100 vets and exposing 10,000 to HIV and hepatitis viruses, veterans advocates and lawmakers say the VA health system is in dire need of proper oversight and funding.
Discussion: QandO and Hot Air
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Radley Balko / Reason:
I, Toaster  —  This week, a new exhibit called “The Toaster Project” …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Maine Fines Group for ‘Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Message’
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Where's The U.N. On Iran?
Discussion: TigerHawk and YID With LID
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and DemConWatch
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
W.H. says it would veto F-22 funds
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Obama targets middle class in healthcare broadcast
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Quixotic Pursuit: Green Energy Jobs
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Politics of personal perfection
Discussion: HotMES
Canterbury is sufficiently gay council inspectors rule
Discussion: Don Surber
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Beware the Christians!  —  Comparing the Christian right …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Real Clear Politics:
Could Australia Blow Apart the Great Global Warming Scare?
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