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11:25 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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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama frets after ‘terrifying’ recall vote  —  President Obama will need to double down on his efforts to keep Wisconsin safely in his column after Gov. Scott Walker's (R) resounding victory in Tuesday's recall election.  —  Every Democratic presidential candidate since Walter Mondale in 1984 …
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A wake-up call for Dems, labor, and the left
Wesley Lam / Twitchy:
“Kill Scott Walker”: Angry libs flood Twitter with death threats after Wisconsin recall defeat
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rendell: Wisconsin recall a ‘dumb political fight’ for labor to pick
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico, TheBlaze.com and CNN
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Notes on the Big Win
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
No Recall  —  For disappointed Democrats, seduced by early exit polls …
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Democrats appear to take Senate with narrow Lehman win
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Meet The Walker-Obama Voter
CNN:
Romney predicts Wisconsin reverberates
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney: Obama slowed recovery to push Obamacare  —  In an appearance in Texas Wednesday, Mitt Romney charged that President Obama “knowingly slowed down the recovery in this country...in order to put in place Obamacare.”  The president's action, Romney said, “deserves a lot of explaining.”
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Big Obama Spending Fails To Move The Needle
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
John Bates / NewsBusters.org blogs:
First Lady Requires Photo ID for Her Book Signings; Voter ID Law-hating Media Fail to Note Obama Hypocrisy  —  The Obama administration has done its best to oppose states from instituting new, stricter voter ID laws, complaining that many minority voters lack photo identification.
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.
Gerald Jonas / New York Times:
Ray Bradbury |  1920-2012: Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Master, Dies at 91  —  Ray Bradbury, a master of science fiction whose imaginative and lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles.  He was 91.
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Amos Kamil / New York Times:
The Horace Mann School's Secret History of Sexual Abuse  —  From the elevated platform of the No. 1 train's last stop at 242nd Street, you can just about see the lush 18-acre campus of the Horace Mann School.  The walk from the station is short, but it traverses worlds.
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.
TMZ.com:
14-Year-Old Talk Show Host — Homosexuality is ‘Perverted’ Choice  —  14-YEAR-OLD TALK SHOW HOST  —  Gays Choose Perversion  —  No Matter What Gaga Says  —  You gotta laugh just a little watching a 14-year-old radio talk show host blast homosexuality as a choice people make — regardless of what Lady Gaga says.
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: Mediaite and The Rightnewz
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CBS News:
Jeb Bush on being VP: “Under no circumstances”
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 …
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.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
The Candidate Next Door  —  ON Dunemere Drive, it seems as if just about everyone has a gripe against the owners of No. 311.  —  The elderly woman next door complains that her car is constantly boxed into her driveway.  A few houses over, a gay couple grumbles that their beloved ocean views are in jeopardy.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hit & Run
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
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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