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9:15 AM ET, June 6, 2012

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New York Times:
Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote  —  WAUKESHA, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker, whose decision to cut collective bargaining rights for most public workers set off a firestorm in a state usually known for its political civility, held on to his job on Tuesday, becoming the first governor …
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Unions suffer blow in Walker's recall victory  —  Organized labor suffered a crushing blow with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) victory in Tuesday's recall, a possible sign of their fading power and a worrying result for union supporters ahead of November's election.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) escaped a recall effort championed by organized labor and touted by many within both parties as a preview of the fall presidential campaign in the Badger State.  —  Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 4, 2012.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Walker survives recall election in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.
Discussion: JSOnline, The Jawa Report and Politico
Politico:
Wisconsin recall: The biggest losers  —  Vince Lombardi, the man who taught Cheeseheads to think with clarity about the severe consequences of victory and defeat, once offered this gem about life: “Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.”  —  Scott Walker last night showed Wisconsin …
Discussion: JSOnline and Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wisconsin Recall LIVE (Update - WALKER WINS!!!!)  —  We will stay live until the results are in.  —  You can comment in the Live Feed with any of the usual social media user i.d.'s such as Twitter, Facebook and Open ID (Google, Yahoo, etc.).  Your Legal Insurrection log in will NOT work.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Scott Walker wins Wisconsin recall challenge - as it happened  —  • Scott Walker comfortably wins Wisconsin recall election  —  • Republicans jubilant at victory in high-profile contest  —  • Exit polls predicting close race proved to be flawed  —  • Mitt Romney says result will ‘echo’ beyond Wisconsin
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Wisconsin; Update: Revised exit poll says Walker by four; Update: NBC, Fox News call it for Walker; Update: Barrett concedes; Update: Walker by 7.5 with 96% counted; Update: Walker exceeds 2010 vote total  —  Polls close at 9 p.m. ET but we surely won't get a call until late tonight, and maybe not even then.
Wesley Lam / Twitchy:
“Kill Scott Walker”: Angry libs flood Twitter with death threats after Wisconsin recall defeat
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Examiner and Power Line
New York Post:
All that's ‘left’ is to sound the death knell for unions
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign: ‘Strong message’ sent to Walker
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Rightnewz
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Wisconsin recall: Scott Walker wins
Lexington Green / Chicago Boyz:
Wisconsin / Stalingrad  —  Mr. Walker's victory is the Stalingrad of the Left.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Washington Post:
Unions flex muscle in early Wisconsin recall exit polls
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Recall: Democratic State Senator Asks For Voter Fraud Investigation
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gov. Walker fends off recall effort
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Truthdig
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:   Early Wisconsin recall exit polls: 60 percent say recalls are only for official misconduct
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clinton again splits with Obama  —  Last week, former President Bill Clinton disavowed a central theme of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.  Tuesday, he added that a key piece of the White House's policy agenda doesn't make much sense to him either.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US Already in ‘Recession,’ Extend Tax Cuts: Bill Clinton  —  Former President Bill Clinton told CNBC Tuesday that the US economy already is in a recession and urged Congress to extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.  —  In a taped interview aired on “Closing Bell,” …
Melissa Jeltsen / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Bush Tax Cuts Should Be Extended Temporarily (VIDEO)
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Barbara Walters apologises over links to Syrian aide of Bashar al-Assad  —  Barbara Walters, the grande dame of American television news, has been forced to apologise after it emerged that she had tried to use her influence to further the career of a former leading aide of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Dana Loesch / BREITBART.COM:
REPORT: 119% VOTER TURNOUT IN MADISON, WI  —  A Madison City Clerk has told a Wisconsin radio host that turnout for the area is expected at over 100%, up to 119%.  What makes it all the more interesting is that this story comes from a far-left site.  —  Heavy turnout in Madison …
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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Wisconsin recall turnout: 119 percent? Not exactly
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Madison City Clerk: Turnout Is On Pace To Reach 119%
John Cook / Gawker:
Well, it Looks Like Someone Hacked Into Mitt Romney's Private Email [Update]  —  Everything old is new again: A tipster has emailed Gawker claiming to have hacked into Mitt Romney's private email and DropBox accounts.  —  You will recall that roughly four years ago, 4Chan hackers got …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New York Times nails Mitt Romney's dissembling  —  As I've been noting here far too often, the core claims that form the basis for Mitt Romney's entire case for the presidency have been allowed to escape scrutiny for months and months on end.  Romney claims that we know Obama's policies …
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Amy Willis / Telegraph:
Barack Obama calls Mitt Romney ‘George’ in latest election gaffe
CNN:
California voters reject cigarette tax  —  (CNN) — Voters in California have rejected an effort to raise taxes on cigarettes to pay for cancer research, according to results the state published Wednesday.  —  The final tally was 50.8% against the proposal compared with 49.2% in favor of Proposition 29 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
California Split on Proposition 29 to Raise Tax on Cigarettes
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Quinnipiac University:
Cuccinelli Has 3-1 Lead In 2013 Virginia GOP Gov Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dead Heat In U.S. Senate Race  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli holds a commanding 51 - 15 percent lead over Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in the 2013 Republican primary for governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Discussion: Reuters, GOP 12 and CNN
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Consulting on the Aaron Walker / Brett Kimberlin Case  —  I'm pleased to say that I'll be consulting with Aaron Walker's defense lawyer in the case I discussed last week, in which a Maryland judge issued a “peace order” — in other states, generally called a “restraining order” …
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
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