The Day In Politics, 6/15

By Staff

Today, we learned that health reform backers have launched a new TV ad; Mir Hossein Mousavi officially won two provinces, according to Iran's government tally; Mike Huckabee did an interview in a comedy club; Iranian newspapers led with quotes from Ahmadinejad and Khamenei; President Obama addressed the American Medical Association; Russ Feingold asked Obama to reject the justification for President Bush's wiretapping program; the CIA released redacted descriptions of interrogations; and the CBO scored Sen. Ted Kennedy's health reform proposal.

We also ruminated on the role of Twitter in Iran's election protests; how to follow the Iranian situation like a CIA analyst; Dennis Ross's future on the Iran desk; whether health care reform will crash; Dennis Blair's comment that the wiretapping program "wasn't illegal"; and a back-and-forth between Leon Panetta and Dick Cheney.

Tomorrow: Demonstrations and turmoil likely to continue in Iran; President Obama meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak; the Senate Finance Committee examines the tax implications of climate change legislation; the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examines the U.S. response to Pakistan's humanitarian crisis.

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