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1:15 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 …
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 …
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What It All Means, Initial Thoughts
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
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Only one takeaway from Wisconsin: Money shouts
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  —  Ray Bradbury, a master of science fiction whose 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.  —  His death was confirmed by his agent, Michael Congdon.
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
John Rogers / Associated Press:
Author Ray Bradbury has died in California
Discussion: American Spectator
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
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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” …
ABCNEWS:
Barrett Slapped In Face After Conceding Recall To Walker
Discussion: The Rightnewz
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
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”  —  Shocker: Donald Trump has more beauty pageant controversy on his hands.  —  Sheena Monnin, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA, resigned from her post this week …
Discussion: GLAAD and Towleroad News #gay
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
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 …
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Quinnipiac University:
Cuccinelli Has 3-1 Lead In 2013 Virginia GOP Gov Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN, Hotline On Call and GOP 12
David Harsanyi / Human Events:
Not just Wisconsin: California portends bad news for public-sector unions  —  While most of the nation's attention was focused on Wisconsin's recall elections other local governments were taking important steps towards breaking free of public-sector unions, as well.
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John Woolfolk / Mercury News:
All precincts counted: San Jose passes pension reform
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
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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Hannah Dreier / Associated Press:
Calif. voters split on tax targeted by Big Tobacco
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Reuters
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Thousands Of Californians Wanted Birther Orly Taitz To Be Their Senator
Discussion: New York Magazine
Associated Press:
WATCH: Michelle Obama delivers Top 10 list on Letterman
Neha Tara Mehta / The New York World:
Hispanic entrepreneurs balk at city demand for proof of ethnicity
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and National Review
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Health law exchanges might not spur insurer competition, study finds
Monica Davey / The Caucus:
Wisconsin Democrats Claim Victory in State Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What the Locusts Ate
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Trump cancels USA Today subscription