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5:55 PM ET, June 6, 2012

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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 …
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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:
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Democrats appear to take Senate with narrow Lehman win  —  Race in Racine County still out  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Democrats appeared to have assumed control of the state Senate with results posted early Wednesday showing former Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) defeating incumbent Van Wanggaard in a tight race.
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Wisconsin recall shows labor isn't coming back.  So what's next? #wonkbook  —  Last night, Scott Walker successfully resisted the recall effort in Wisconsin.  And so, today, pundits everywhere are mining the election results for insight into the 2012 election.  Ignore them.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
A Wisconsin Domino Effect?  —  (AP/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)  —  Supporters of a recall effort against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continue to sing a union solidarity song outside the State Capitol Building after polling results begin show a victory for Walker in statewide recall elections Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Weasel Zippers
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall no, Obama yes
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin Exit Polls: Obama, (Pretty) Big
New York Times:
Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote
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 …
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 …
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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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Supporter slaps Tom Barrett after loss  —  Talk about hitting a man when he's down.  —  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett not only lost to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall election, but he was also slapped by a supporter after his concession speech.
Discussion: Wake up America and msnbc.com
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Mike Huckabee Accidentally Tells The Truth About Fox News  —  Oops!  This slipup by Mike Huckabee accidentally reveals the truth about our favorite non-news channel.  In this clip, he declares that the nation would think Barack Obama was doing just fine if it weren't for Fox News.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mike Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans ‘Will Assume That Obama Really Is Doing A Great Job’
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Panic has become all too rational  —  Suppose that in June 2007 you had been told that the UK 10-year bond would be yielding 1.54 per cent, the US Treasury 10-year 1.47 per cent and the German 10-year 1.17 per cent on June 1 2012.  Suppose, too, you had been told that official short rates varied …
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
Cincinnati Christian School Asks Teacher if He's Gay, Fires Him: VIDEO  —  Jonathan Zeng, a singer and music teacher from Cincinnati, was offered a teaching job at Cincinnati Hills, a nondenominational Christian academy, which he accepted.  Several hours later he was called in, asked if he is gay, and fired.
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Denise Smith Amos / Cincinnati.com:
Teacher claims he didn't get job because he's gay
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics committee says case against Waters to move forward  —  The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters's (D-Calif.) rights were not violated in its investigation of her and its case will proceed.  —  Waters is next in line to fill Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) …
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.
Discussion: CNN, Ed Driscoll and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
Te-Ping Chen / China Real Time Report:
Tens of Thousands Turn up for Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong … As censors in mainland China worked overtime on Monday to muzzle online discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a massive crowd in Hong Kong—including some mainland visitors—took advantage of the city's freedoms to publicly remember the event.
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Walmart Outsourcing Depresses Wages In U.S. Warehouses: Report … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Financial Crisis, California, Labor, Outsourcing , Unions, Wal-Mart , Labor Unions, National Employment Law Project, Illinois, Joliet Illinois, Low Wages, Low-Wage Workers, Subcontracting, Warehouse-Workers, Business News
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
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Wall Street Journal:
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James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
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Monica Davey / The Caucus:
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