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10:15 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 …
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Wisconsin Recap: Thanks to Obama, American Left Lies in Smoldering Wreckage  —  By Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.  You can follow him on Twitter at  —  On Tuesday, Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker humiliated his Democratic opponent …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Faces New Challenge
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Red Flags All Over for Obama in Wisconsin
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rendell: Wisconsin recall a ‘dumb political fight’ for labor to pick
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Notes on the Big Win
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
Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul admits he won't be nominee  —  (CNN) - Ron Paul, who has not officially dropped his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, admitted to supporters in an email Wednesday he was not positioned to receive enough delegates to challenge Mitt Romney at the GOP convention in Tampa.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
George W. Bush / CNN:   CNN Poll: George W. Bush only living ex-president under 50%
Clinton aides: Bill screwed up
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's campaign, GOP leaders ramp up coordination
Discussion: Politico
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly
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.
First Read /
Obama on defensive  —  *** Obama on the defensive: At the very time that the Obama campaign has tried to go on the offensive — hitting Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital and in Massachusetts — they've found themselves mostly playing defense the past couple of weeks.  On the May jobs report.
Discussion: Boston Globe and New York Times
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Larry / Fund47:
The Press Lines Up to Interview San Francisco Tea Party at Obama Fundraisers  —  Major Bay Area television, radio and newspaper reporters lined up to interview San Francisco Tea Partiers outside two Obama fundraisers in the Financial District on Wednesday.  In my three years of covering the Tea Party …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Senator Asks DOJ to Investigate SWAT-ting Attacks on Conservative Bloggers  —  A number of conservative bloggers allege they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts …
Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia:
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators
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 …
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.
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
With Political Polarization at All-Time High, Americans Say ‘Listen to Me’  —  Partisan divisions in U.S. politics have grown more intense, according to a new Pew Research Center survey tracking attitudes on government, business social issues and more.  Judy Woodruff speaks with Linda Killian …
Discussion: The Agonist
The Caucus:
New Poll: The Supreme Court and the Health Care Law  —  More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.  Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Guardian
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads launches Senate ads in New Mexico, Indiana, Montana  —  American Crossroads and its sister group Crossroads GPS, two well-funded Republican outside groups, are up with major ad buys in three key Senate races: Montana, Indiana and New Mexico.  —  Crossroads GPS is spending $866,000 combined …
Discussion: CNN
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Emma Rowley / Telegraph:
French president Francois Hollande cuts retirement age
Megan Slack / White Blog:
From the Archives: President Obama Commemorates D-Day
‘Proud’ Obama Makes Pride Month Appeal to Gays
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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
Discussion: TBogg
 Earlier Items: 
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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
Paul Krugman:
The Urge to Punish  —  I've been hearing various attempts …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Strikes Down DOMA

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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Selina Cheng / Columbia Journalism Review:
Selina Cheng says her editor told her that staff advocating for press freedom publicly would create a conflict with WSJ's reporting of the issue in Hong Kong

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

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