Mousavi To Supporters: Don't Rally Today

Good morning.

News from Iran continues to move quickly. Among the developments since we last left you:

— The country's Islamic leadership says it's willing to recount a limited number of ballots from Friday's disputed presidential election.

— According to state media in Iran, seven people were killed in a clash with pro-government militiamen during yesterday's massive protest in Tehran.

— The leading reformist presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has asked his supporters not to rally today, according to the Reuters news agency. While Iran's Interior Ministry says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected by a 2-1 margin, Mousavi says Ahmadinejad and Iran's religious leaders are trying to steal the election.

On Morning Edition today, NPR's Mike Shuster reported from Tehran about yesterday's massive rally:



Also on Morning Edition, former under secretary of State Nicholas Burns said the Iranian government is "reeling" from the protests, but that it's unlikely the ruling clerics will set aside Ahmadinjead's official victory. Burns was a key player in policy toward Iran during the George W. Bush administration:



Among other stories about Iran worth checking out:

The New York Times — Iran's 'Iron Cleric' Is 'Blinking': Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reversed course and OK'd a review of some votes from the election. "Few suggest yet that Ayatollah Khamenei's hold on power is at risk. But, analysts say, he has opened a serious fissure in the face of Islamic rule and one that may prove impossible to patch over."

— BBC News — Though A Partial Recount May Be Done, Result Not Likely To Be Annulled: "The Guardian Council — Iran's top legislative body — said votes would be recounted in areas contested by the losing candidates. But a spokesman for the council told state television it would not annul the election — as moderate candidates have demanded."


During yesterday's protests, many of Mousavi's supporters asked a simple question. Getty Images hide caption

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As for some of the other stories making headlines today, they include:

— Fox News — Cheney Hopes Panetta Was 'Misquoted': "Dick Cheney says he wants to know if he heard Leon Panetta correctly. After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Cheney said Monday he hopes his 'old friend' didn't really say those words. 'I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted,' Cheney said, in a written statement to FOX News.

Los Angeles Times — Letterman Apologizes To Palin: "Under fire for a risque joke last week, David Letterman has apologized to Gov. Sarah Palin and her supporters. But a group urging CBS to fire the host says it's still not enough." On his Late Show last night, Letterman said he "told a bad joke," about one of Palin's daughters. "I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception. And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It's not your fault that it was misunderstood, it's my fault."

— Dow Jones Newswire — Swedish Company Agrees To Buy Saab From GM: "Swedish boutique supercar maker Koenigsegg Group AB has reached an agreement to acquire General Motors Corp.'s Saab Automobile AB unit for an undisclosed sum, the companies said Tuesday."



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