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12:55 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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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: Washington Post
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: ABCNEWS, The Daily Caller and msnbc.com
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 …
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.
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.
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:
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
In Wisconsin, the Left Picked a Fight — and Lost  —  It doesn't mean Obama is going to lose, but the failed attempt to recall Scott Walker gives Democrats and organized labor reason to fear an emboldened conservative agenda.  —  It's important to remember, as Democrats cope with their failure …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Report - Woman slaps Mayor Barrett for conceding too early  —  Mayor Tom Barrett's concession speech, following his loss to Republican Governor Scott Walker, did not make one local Wisconsin woman happy with the Milwaukee Democrat.  According to WISN 12 News, a woman “slapped” …
Thomas Grier / The Daily Caller:
Ignore the spin: Wisconsin was a disaster for Democrats and President Obama  —  If you pause and listen carefully, you might be able to hear the despair coming from Jim Messina, President Obama's 2012 campaign manager, and David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist and communications director …
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: Washington Post
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Unions suffer blow in recall defeat  —  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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What It All Means, Initial Thoughts
ABCNEWS:
Barrett Slapped In Face After Conceding Recall To Walker
Discussion: The Rightnewz
New York Post:   All that's ‘left’ is to sound the death knell for unions
ABCNEWS:
Veep Beat: GOP Govs Bask in Walker's Wisconsin Win
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Anger And Denial — And A Slap To The Democrat's Face — In Wisconsin
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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John Rogers / Associated Press:
Author Ray Bradbury has died in California
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP leaders tout Clinton's remarks to renew push for extending tax rates
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Thoughts on how to avoid another Great Depression
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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Natalie Finn / E! Online:
Miss Pennsylvania USA Resigns: Inclusion of Transgender Contestant “Goes Against Every Moral Fiber of My Being”
Discussion: GLAAD and Towleroad News #gay
Quinnipiac University:
McMahon, Murphy Open Big Leads In Connecticut Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Two Front-Runners Neck-And-Neck In General Election  —  Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays 59 - 30 percent in the Republican primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Wire
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Quinnipiac University:
Cuccinelli Has 3-1 Lead In 2013 Virginia GOP Gov Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and GOP 12
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Senate Democrats blast national security leak about cyberattack against Iran  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday blasted leaks to the press about a cyberattack against Iran and warned the disclosure of President Obama's order could put the United States at risk of a retaliatory strike.
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Ilya Shapiro / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Strikes Out In Court
Hannah Dreier / Associated Press:
Calif. voters split on tax targeted by Big Tobacco  —  LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — A high-profile California cigarette tax initiative backed by cycling legend Lance Armstrong that once seemed like a sure thing teetered on the brink of defeat Wednesday, a testament to the efficacy of a $50 million campaign backed by Big Tobacco.
Discussion: Reuters and ABCNEWS
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CNN:
California voters reject cigarette tax
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans' attitudes toward gay community changing  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans say they support legally recognizing same-sex marriage amid growing evidence that the public's become more comfortable with gays and lesbians, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: Advocate, ThinkProgress and Reuters
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to block enforcement of energy efficient light bulb standards
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
John Woolfolk / Mercury News:
All precincts counted: San Jose passes pension reform
Associated Press:
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Neha Tara Mehta / The New York World:
Hispanic entrepreneurs balk at city demand for proof of ethnicity
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
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Monica Davey / The Caucus:
Wisconsin Democrats Claim Victory in State Senate
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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