6/16 Roundup: Eyes on Iran, Borneo, White House Jazz

IranLeader: Eyes on Iran

- All eyes are on Iran, where massive street protests yesterday ended with seven people killed by riot police in a clash near a university.  Mondays' protests were the largest since the revolution in 1979. Iran's Guardian Council has indicated they are willing to allow a partial recount of disputed ballots from Friday's election, but they will not cancel the results and order a new election, stopping short of the demands of challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi and his followers. 

- The NY Times takes a look at Iran's shadowy Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini

- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hit the road this morning to meet with the BRIC countries and other rising powers in Russia. 

- Many extraordinary photographs of yesterday's protests are available around the web.  Take a look at this slideshow from the WSJ, the HuffPo's collection, the WaPo's gallery, the NYT's slideshow.


- Sen Chuck Schumer is leading the charge for forgery-proof worker ID cards, as a provision in immigration reform.  The cards would make it easier for employers to avoid hiring undocumented workers. 

- President Obama gave a major speech to doctors of the American Medical Association yesterday, telling them bluntly he opposed a limit on malpractice awards-- their highest legislative priority.  That aside, he generally tried to woo them to his side of the fight for a better health care system.

- Speaking of health care, Obama's favorite new article is this one from Atul Gawande at the New Yorker.  He's apparently given it out to his staff, and mentioned it in his speech yesterday.  Is it good.  Yes, it's worth a read. Does it reveal new things? Unsure.


- Fareed Zakaria comes to the defense of capitalism in the Washington Post.  We have a lot of regulating and restructuring to do, but fundamentally, capitalism is the system we need.

- The CBO came back with a pretty surprising estimate of the costs for the Affordable Health Choices Act.  Ezra Klein points out this is because the bill they were evaluating is nothing like the one Kennedy and Dodd actually plan to introduce.


- On Borneo, an island mostly known for its Orangutans, the Indonesian government is opening up "honesty cafes," where customers pay on the honor system, as part of a long-term attempt to curb corruption.  Wacky!  (h/t Sarah)

- US News and World Report writes on Secretary Hillary Clinton's high-techification of the State Department, beginning with hiring our friend Alec Ross to work on facilitating diplomacy through technology.

New From NDN

- Simon has a new piece up this morning looking ahead to what the Obama Doctrine will be, and how he can define it toward Iran.

- Dan wrote a new post on technology and social media and their role in the street protests in Iran

One More Thing

- President Obama's half-brother George will be penning a memoir entitled Homeland.  Community organizing will be a theme (apparently it runs in the family).

- Last, the latest in the series of incredibly cool White House events hosted by Michelle Obama was an evening of jazz: