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3:00 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.
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:
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 and Weasel Zippers
Monica Davey / The Caucus:
Wisconsin Democrats Claim Victory in State Senate
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall
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
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
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: Wake up America 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
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
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
Voters in California Back Pension Cuts for City Workers  —  LOS ANGELES — As Wisconsin residents voted on Tuesday not to recall Gov. Scott Walker — who has become an enemy of labor unions nationwide — two California cities dealt blows of their own to organized labor.
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John Woolfolk / Mercury News:
All precincts counted: San Jose passes pension reform
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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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics committee says case against Waters to 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 (D-Mass.) …
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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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
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 …
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
Donovan Slack / Politico:
(Also on POLITICO: Obama's $5.3 million West Coast swing)  —  His event Thursday morning will mark his 153rd fundraiser since announcing his reelection bid last year.  That's nearly double the number that his predecessor George W. Bush had attended by this point in his reelection campaign …
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Thousands Of Californians Wanted Birther Orly Taitz To Be Their Senator  —  Orly Taitz, the California dentist-lawyer most famous for challenging President Barack Obama's birth certificate, failed to win the Senate primary in California on Tuesday, but not before racking up tens of thousands of votes.
 
 
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James Kwak / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP's Bizarre, Disturbing Passion for Raising Taxes on the Poor
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
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John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Lackluster Jobs Report Further Splits Congress
Discussion: Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Chinese officials are ‘Adolf Hitlers of our day’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to block enforcement of energy efficient light bulb standards
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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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What the Locusts Ate
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
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