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9:25 AM ET, June 7, 2012

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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama frets after ‘terrifying’ recall vote  —  President Obama will need to double down on his efforts to keep Wisconsin safely in his column after Gov. Scott Walker's (R) resounding victory in Tuesday's recall election.  —  Every Democratic presidential candidate since Walter Mondale in 1984 …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Barney Frank: Dems, unions made ‘big mistake’ in pushing for Wisconsin recall  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed unions and liberal activists for pushing to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).  —  “I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
We Are the 119%  —  MSNBC: My Schadenfreude Now Blankets Cable.  —  Last night we got home from a dinner and discovered something wonderful when we switched on the television.  There's an entire cable network called MSNBC devoted to the entertainment of conservatives.
Kos / Daily Kos:
GOP outplaying its Wisconsin hand  —  Barack Obama touring Wisconsin back in February.  (Jason Reed/Reuters)  —  I'm not going to sugarcoat it, losing the governor's race in Wisconsin sucked.  While we'll crunch the numbers on turnout in a later post, the exit polls point to two major reasons …
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Faces New Challenge  —  Losses in Wisconsin, California Come as Ranks of Government Unions Decline  —  Barb Forgue, front, of Marshall, Wis., sings a union song in support of recalling Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday.  The governor defeated the bid.  —  Organized labor …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The “People United” Go Down In Flames  —  The American left as we have come to know it suffered a devastating blow in Wisconsin last night.  The organized heart of the left gave everything it had to the fight against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: heart, shoe leather, wallet and soul.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rendell: Wisconsin recall a ‘dumb political fight’ for labor to pick
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Red Flags All Over for Obama in Wisconsin
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Notes on the Big Win
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Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia:
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
The Candidate Next Door  —  ON Dunemere Drive, it seems as if just about everyone has a gripe against the owners of No. 311.  —  The elderly woman next door complains that her car is constantly boxed into her driveway.  A few houses over, a gay couple grumbles that their beloved ocean views are in jeopardy.
Tim Mak / Politico:
George W. Bush least popular living ex-president, poll shows  —  Three and a half years after leaving office, a survey Thursday shows that former President George W. Bush remains unpopular among a majority of Americans — the only living president with an under 50 percent approval rating.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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George W. Bush / CNN:
CNN Poll: George W. Bush only living ex-president under 50%
Discussion: Politico
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly
Paul Krugman:
Estonian Rhapsody  —  Since Estonia has suddenly become the poster child for austerity defenders — they're on the euro and they're booming!  — I thought it might be useful to have a picture of what we're talking about.  Here's real GDP, from Eurostat:  —  So, a terrible — Depression-level …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's campaign, GOP leaders ramp up coordination  —  Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign have stepped up their coordination in recent weeks through regular teleconference calls that highlight upcoming announcements and messaging strategies.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Third-Party History  —  On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism.
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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney: Obama slowed recovery to push Obamacare
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Big Obama Spending Fails To Move The Needle
Discussion: Campaign 2012
BuzzFeed:
Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?  —  So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.'s Beverly Wilshire tonight.  Incredibly awkward.  —  Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills tonight.  —  (Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD)
John / The City Square:
San Franciscans protest against Obama  —  Barack Obama, America's Fundraiser-in-Chief, visited San Francisco today in search of still more campaign cash.  Because San Francisco, home to Nancy Pelosi, has a reputation as America's most liberal city, one might think that The One would be safe from criticism here.
Amos Kamil / New York Times:
The Horace Mann School's Secret History of Sexual Abuse  —  From the elevated platform of the No. 1 train's last stop at 242nd Street, you can just about see the lush 18-acre campus of the Horace Mann School.  The walk from the station is short, but it traverses worlds.
TMZ.com:
14-Year-Old Talk Show Host — Homosexuality is ‘Perverted’ Choice  —  14-YEAR-OLD TALK SHOW HOST  —  Gays Choose Perversion  —  No Matter What Gaga Says  —  You gotta laugh just a little watching a 14-year-old radio talk show host blast homosexuality as a choice people make — regardless of what Lady Gaga says.
 
 
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Megan Slack / White House.gov Blog:
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ABCNEWS:
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Reuters:
At least 78 killed in Syria's Hama province
Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian and American Power
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry questions NYT decision to run stories
Discussion: emptywheel, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Heritage, Franklin to host Breitbart Awards
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Alex Williams / New York Times:
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Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Bon Jovi hitches Air Force One ride to NYC fundraiser with Obama
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
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McSweeney's:
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Strikes Down DOMA
Maddie Garrett / KATC-TV:
Violent Attack in Scott, Man Accused of Biting Off Chunk of Victim's Face
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Marco Rubio reveals he's colorblind
Discussion: Mediaite, ABCNEWS and New York Magazine