Walker's Wisconsin Triumph – Scott Walker will remain governor of Wisconsin after blowing out Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett last night in the state's recall election by a 53% - 46% margin. The victory comes as a severe disappointment to liberals, who had aggressively campaigned against Walker all year. In a statement, Mitt Romney congratulated Walker for his victory: "Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back - and prevail - against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. Tonight voters said 'no' to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and 'yes' to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans."
* Going viral: A woman slaps Tom Barrett after his concession speech. Barrett said the woman asked if she could slap him for conceding. He said he'd rather she hug him. He leaned down, and got the slap. Alex Marin reports.
Primary News – In other news, Mitt Romney soundly won GOP primaries in New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana, and California. California voters also passed Prop 28, which alters the state's term limits, and rejected Prop 29, which would have added an additional tax to cigarettes in the state. Mia Pskowski discusses the implications.
Panic at LinkedIn – 6.46 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords may have been leaked online claims a Russian forum user, who says he's hacked the site (without proof yet). More here. Sophos security firm, which operates the forum where the passwords were leaked, advises all LinkedIn members to take precautionary measures and change their passwords immediately.
Top PolicyMic Stories – Wisconsin and the Left: One Year Longer, One Year Weaker (Steve Horn) – How did the left get steam-rolled so badly in Wisconsin's recall election?
Paycheck Fairness Act: Senate is Right to Stop Misguided 'Gender Pay Gap' Legislation (Robert Taylor) – It's often claimed that women earn less than men, but a closer look at the statistics reveals that this has little to do with "discrimination" and more to do with our individual economic choices.
Prop 8 Shot Down By Ninth Circuit, Gay Marriage Will Head to Supreme Court (Mark Kogan) – The Ninth Circuit issued a final denial for a rehearing en banc in the case concerning California’s Proposition 8 and its constitutionality, upholding its earlier ruling.
The Good and Bad of Gentrification in Harlem: Q&A With Congressional Candidate Clyde Williams (Clyde Williams) – Clyde Williams is running in New York's Congressional District 13, which includes Harlem. He discusses the ways the neighborhood's changing landscape and his vision for a successful Harlem.
Inside the Black Hat: A Real-Life Magician Reveals His Tricks (Jeff Grow) – A real-life magician describes the timeless appeal of magic and what it's like to con people for a living.
Death of Al Qaeda – A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has killed one of Al Qaeda's most powerful figures, dealing the biggest blow to the terrorist group since the killing of Osama Bin laden. Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top strategist, had survived previous attacks and was killed early Monday in a hideout in North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Photos of the Day – Watch Space Shuttle Enterprise's final approach in New York City. Photos here.
Wednesday Fun – Lebron James: The Neuroscience of Choking (The New Yorker); America's brainiest cities (The Atlantic, tip-off: Elliot Luscombe); PHOTOS: People around the world watch the Transit of Venus (BuzzFeed); The death of a concert ticket (Authority Tickets).
What We’re Reading – 'Band of Brothers' honored on D-Day (Seattle Times); Mysterious yoga retreat ends in grisly death (NY Times, tip-off: Perry Nagin); What happens the day you're deported (GOOD); Why working people vote conservative (The Guardian); Gonorrhea could join HIV as 'uncurable' (US News).
Dessert – Watch the viral video of President Obama singing 'Call Me Maybe.'