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8:30 AM ET, June 7, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Faces New Challenge  —  Losses in Wisconsin, California Come as Ranks of Government Unions Decline  —  Barb Forgue, front, of Marshall, Wis., sings a union song in support of recalling Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday.  The governor defeated the bid.  —  Organized labor …
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rendell: Wisconsin recall a ‘dumb political fight’ for labor to pick
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Red Flags All Over for Obama in Wisconsin
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Notes on the Big Win
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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 …
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.
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.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's campaign, GOP leaders ramp up coordination  —  Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign have stepped up their coordination in recent weeks through regular teleconference calls that highlight upcoming announcements and messaging strategies.
Discussion: Politico
James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP's Bizarre, Disturbing Passion for Raising Taxes on the Poor
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 …
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly  —  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters in this must-win state Wednesday, imploring the energetic crowd to help give her husband a “chance to finish what we started.”  —  Touting the passage of health care reform …
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George W. Bush / CNN:
CNN Poll: George W. Bush only living ex-president under 50%
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Romney predicts Wisconsin reverberates
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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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Third-Party History
Discussion: The Daley Gator and The PJ Tatler
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Big Obama Spending Fails To Move The Needle
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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.
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.
BuzzFeed:
Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?  —  So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.'s Beverly Wilshire tonight.  Incredibly awkward.  —  Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills tonight.  —  (Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD)
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”
 
 
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Reuters:
At least 78 killed in Syria's Hama province
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry questions NYT decision to run stories
Discussion: emptywheel, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Heritage, Franklin to host Breitbart Awards
Discussion: TBogg
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Public Offerings — High-Tech, High-Worth Bachelors
Discussion: Betabeat
Amos Kamil / New York Times:
The Horace Mann School's Secret History of Sexual Abuse
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Bon Jovi hitches Air Force One ride to NYC fundraiser with Obama
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Power Line
Paul Krugman:
The Urge to Punish  —  I've been hearing various attempts …
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McSweeney's:
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Bloomberg:
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Strikes Down DOMA
Maddie Garrett / KATC-TV:
Violent Attack in Scott, Man Accused of Biting Off Chunk of Victim's Face
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Marco Rubio reveals he's colorblind
Discussion: Mediaite, ABCNEWS and New York Magazine