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4:20 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNSNews and Wake up America
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
No Recall  —  For disappointed Democrats, seduced by early exit polls into a vain hope that the union-busting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker might actually be recalled from office late last night, the good news is that some of their pre-election spin still holds up.
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: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote
Monica Davey / The Caucus:
Wisconsin Democrats Claim Victory in State Senate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What It All Means, Initial Thoughts
Michael Barone / AEI:
Exit poll: Wisconsin in play in November
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
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
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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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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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.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Weasel Zippers
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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.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mike Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans ‘Will Assume That Obama Really Is Doing A Great Job’
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 …
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.) …
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
Twitter Blog:
Taking flight: #Twitterbird  —  Over the past six years, the world has become familiar with a little blue bird.  The bird is everywhere, constantly associated with Twitter the service, and Twitter the company.  —  Starting today you'll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Marco Rubio reveals he's colorblind  —  If Mitt Romney taps Sen. Marco Rubio to be his running mate, he might need some help determining which states go red and blue on election night.  —  The Florida Republican and center of the veepstakes buzz revealed to ITK Tuesday …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, GOP 12 and Mediaite
Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia:
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators  —  Sends letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about recent “SWAT-ting” incidents  —  Sends letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about recent “SWAT-ting” incidents  —  WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss …
Ezra Klein:
Wisconsin recall shows labor isn't coming back.  So what's next? #wonkbook  —  Last night, Scott Walker successfully resisted the recall effort in Wisconsin.  And so, today, pundits everywhere are mining the election results for insight into the 2012 election.  Ignore them.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to block enforcement of energy efficient light bulb standards  —  The House approved two amendments to a 2013 spending bill late Tuesday night that would prohibit the government from enforcing federal light bulb standards that Republicans say are too intrusive.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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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:
Judge Says He Was Struck by a Police Officer in Queens
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Chinese officials are ‘Adolf Hitlers of our day’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Not Scheduled to Commemorate D-Day
Discussion: Moonbattery
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Thousands Of Californians Wanted Birther Orly Taitz To Be Their Senator
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans' attitudes toward gay community changing
Discussion: Advocate, ThinkProgress and Reuters
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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
Quinnipiac University:
McMahon, Murphy Open Big Leads In Connecticut Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What the Locusts Ate
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up
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