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3:05 PM ET, June 25, 2009


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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.
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.
Fox News:
Sanford's Mistress Identified as Professional, Passionate and Beautiful Brunette  —  Details are emerging about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress, whom he visited in Argentina last week after his wife told him to leave.  —  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress …
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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Bad taste award
Discussion: The American Scene
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Extramarital Affairs, Like Sanford's, Morally Taboo
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sanford Adviser: Resignation Not An Option
Discussion: Salon
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.
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
ABC's White House special struggled for viewers  —  President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.  —  The one-hour ABC News special “Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America” (4.7 million viewers …
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 …
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
ABC ObamaCare Special Turns Into Presidential Filibuster  —  President Obama uses network primetime special and overtime ‘Nightline’ coverage to talk for more than 45 minutes of combined 75-minute programs, revealing nothing new.  —  Business & Media Institute
Discussion: and Flopping Aces
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Defends Right to Choose Best Care
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi lashes out; 70 professors arrested  —  Mousavi blasts Iran's supreme leader and state media.  He says the ongoing government crackdown on post-election protests puts the nation at risk.  Meanwhile, teachers who met with Mousavi are arrested.
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.
Ahmadinejad calls Obama meddler
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jeanne Carstensen / Salon:
Iran? The U.S. should mind its own business
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Gateway Pundit
Gina Smith / The State:
Hunch leads to airport and tired, troubled Sanford  —  It was about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as I stood in the waiting area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, squinting my eyes to see whether Gov. Mark Sanford was part of a crowd exiting the plane from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Child's Rights Violated by Strip Search  —  WASHINGTON — In a ruling of interest to educators, parents and students across the country, the Supreme Court ruled, 8 to 1, on Thursday that the strip search of a 13-year-old Arizona girl by school officials who were looking …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Rules School's Strip Search of Girl Was Illegal
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Reason, PoliGazette and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
The Cap and Tax Fiction  —  Democrats off-loading economics to pass climate change bill.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Gore not coming to D.C.
Discussion: The Note and American Solutions
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin hits back at ‘malicious’ photo  —  (CNN) - A week after a high-profile uproar with comedian David Letterman over the late-night host's joke about her daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again sharply responding to the appearance of her children in the public sphere.
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
Marc Lynch:
Stand Firm on Settlements
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Emanuel: Sanford needed a cigarette  —  Perhaps no one knows how to butter up reporters better than White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  —  The longtime Washington insider is known for personally reaching out to reporters and always being cognizant of the media landscape.
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 …
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News set for best year yet  —  Viewership solid as rivals take post-election hits  —  Fox News is on track to have its most-watched year ever, showing significant ratings growth despite having just come off a highflying election year.  —  With the second quarter coming to a close …
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