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2:40 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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What It All Means, Initial Thoughts
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Anger And Denial — And A Slap To The Democrat's Face — In Wisconsin
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Guardian
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Only one takeaway from Wisconsin: Money shouts
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: 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
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
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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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
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics announces case against Rep. Waters will 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 …
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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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
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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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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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 and Indecision Forever
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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John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
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Hispanic entrepreneurs balk at city demand for proof of ethnicity
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and National Review
Monica Davey / The Caucus:
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What the Locusts Ate
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