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8:40 PM ET, June 6, 2012

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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Barney Frank: Dems, unions made ‘big mistake’ in pushing for Wisconsin recall  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed unions and liberal activists for pushing to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).  —  “I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A wake-up call for Dems, labor, and the left  —  Scott Walker's victory in tonight's recall battle is a major wake-up call for the left, Democrats, and unions about the true nature of the new, post-Citizens United political landscape, and it should force a major reckoning among liberals …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
We Are the 119%  —  MSNBC: My Schadenfreude Now Blankets Cable.  —  Last night we got home from a dinner and discovered something wonderful when we switched on the television.  There's an entire cable network called MSNBC devoted to the entertainment of conservatives.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The “People United” Go Down In Flames  —  The American left as we have come to know it suffered a devastating blow in Wisconsin last night.  The organized heart of the left gave everything it had to the fight against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: heart, shoe leather, wallet and soul.
Kos / Daily Kos:
GOP outplaying its Wisconsin hand  —  Barack Obama touring Wisconsin back in February.  (Jason Reed/Reuters)  —  I'm not going to sugarcoat it, losing the governor's race in Wisconsin sucked.  While we'll crunch the numbers on turnout in a later post, the exit polls point to two major reasons …
Wesley Lam / Twitchy:
“Kill Scott Walker”: Angry libs flood Twitter with death threats after Wisconsin recall defeat … Tonight, liberal Twitter users are openly advocating the assassination of Gov. Scott Walker:
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Only one takeaway from Wisconsin: Money shouts  —  Wisconsin is the first recent election that doesn't need five, three or even two takeaways.  One will do.  —  (Unions are weak?  Check.  Scott Walker is a way better candidate than Tom Barrett?  Double-check.  Obama sat it out, sapping enthusiasm?
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
No Recall  —  For disappointed Democrats, seduced by early exit polls into a vain hope that the union-busting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker might actually be recalled from office late last night, the good news is that some of their pre-election spin still holds up.
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Democrats appear to take Senate with narrow Lehman win
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Meet The Walker-Obama Voter
Ezra Klein:
Wisconsin recall shows labor isn't coming back. So what's next? #wonkbook
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Notes on the Big Win
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rendell: Wisconsin recall a ‘dumb political fight’ for labor to pick
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, TheBlaze.com and CNN
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall no, Obama yes
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia:
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators  —  Sends letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about recent “SWAT-ting” incidents  —  Sends letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about recent “SWAT-ting” incidents  —  WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss …
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ABCNEWS:
Senator Asks DOJ to Investigate SWAT-ting Attacks on Conservative Bloggers  —  A number of conservative bloggers allege they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts …
Meredith Woerner / io9:
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles  —  Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.
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Gerald Jonas / New York Times:
Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91
Paul Krugman:
Estonian Rhapsody  —  Since Estonia has suddenly become the poster child for austerity defenders — they're on the euro and they're booming!  — I thought it might be useful to have a picture of what we're talking about.  Here's real GDP, from Eurostat:  —  So, a terrible — Depression-level …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
John Cook / Gawker:
Mitt Romney's Hotmail Hacker Would Like You to Know That He Is Very, Very Sorry  —  Yesterday, a tipster sent us a note indicating that he had successfully accessed Mitt Romney's Hotmail and DropBox accounts after guessing the answer to a security question—Romney's favorite pet.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Miss Pennsylvania USA Resigns In Protest Of Transgender Candidates  —  Before Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA last week, she answered a question about transgender contestants in the pageant, openly embracing their inclusion.  But Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Strikes Down DOMA  —  Another federal judge has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), finding the law unconstitutional.  —  The victory comes in the case of Edie Windsor, who was seeking a refund of the federal estate tax paid by the estate of her late wife.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Jeb: 2012 was “probably my time”  —  Sure, Jeb Bush talked about not taking VP in his appearance on CBS this morning, but he's said that a thousand times.  —  This exchange was far more interesting and pretty big — he says that 2012 was probably the best moment for him to have run for president, but questions whether he could've won.
Discussion: The Rightnewz and Mediaite
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CBS News:
Jeb Bush on being VP: “Under no circumstances”
Twitter Blog:
Taking flight: #Twitterbird  —  Over the past six years, the world has become familiar with a little blue bird.  The bird is everywhere, constantly associated with Twitter the service, and Twitter the company.  —  Starting today you'll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird.
Paul Krugman:
The Urge to Punish  —  I've been hearing various attempts to explain the ECB's utterly bizarre refusal to cut interest rates despite soaring unemployment, sliding inflation, and on top of all that the special problems of a monetary union that probably can't survive unless overall demand is strong.
Vanity Fair:
Team of Mascots  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama said he wanted a Lincoln-esque “team of rivals” in his Cabinet.  Thanks to his own temperament, the modern White House, and the 24-hour news cycle, what the president has created is something that doesn't look Lincoln-esque at all.
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Bon Jovi hitches Air Force One ride to NYC fundraiser with Obama  —  Rocker Jon Bon Jovi hitched a ride aboard Air Force One on Monday, zipping up to New York City to perform at a gala fundraiser for President Barack Obama — one of three campaign events to scoop up cash for the Democrat's reelection.
Discussion: Power Line
McSweeney's:
Prospectus for Silicon Valley's Next Hot Tech IPO, Where Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong by John Flowers  —  Form S-1  —  Registration Statement  —  Under  —  The Securities Act of 1933  —  Ponzify, Inc.  —  LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS  —  Forget Facebook.  Forget Groupon.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Marco Rubio reveals he's colorblind  —  If Mitt Romney taps Sen. Marco Rubio to be his running mate, he might need some help determining which states go red and blue on election night.  —  The Florida Republican and center of the veepstakes buzz revealed to ITK Tuesday …
Discussion: Mediaite, ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP's Bizarre, Disturbing Passion for Raising Taxes on the Poor  —  Let's hope the Republican Party is bought and paid for by the rich, because the other explanation for its obsession with raising taxes at the bottom is far more disturbing  —  The Republicans, it goes without saying, are the party of low taxes.
 
 
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Mitt Romney demands President Obama's jobs plan. Apparently, he forgot the one Republicans blocked.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and CNN
Arthur Delaney / Reuters:
Georgia Drug Testing Policy Not Catching Jobless Druggies So Far
Discussion: theGrio
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Maddie Garrett / KATC-TV:
Violent Attack in Scott, Man Accused of Biting Off Chunk of Victim's Face
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Big Obama Spending Fails To Move The Needle
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Wall Street Journal:
Solar Firm's Big Push for U.S. Loan
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