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4:40 PM ET, June 20, 2011

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CNN:
Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit  —  The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court limits Wal-Mart sex bias case  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's biggest companies.
The Hill:
Supreme Court blocks gender-bias lawsuit against Wal-Mart
Associated Press:
Court won't hear ACORN lawsuit over gov't funding
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Olivia Katrandjian / ABCNEWS:
John McCain's Illegal Immigrants Started Arizona Wildfires Disputed by Forest Service  —  A U.S. Forest Service official said today there is no evidence that illegal immigrants started some of the wildfires in Arizona, as Sen. John McCain had claimed.  —  Tom Berglund, spokesman …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McCain attempts to fan the flames
The Note:
McCain In a Firestorm Over Comments on Illegal Immigrants & Wildfires
Discussion: Washington Post, TPMDC and CNN
TMZ.com:
Porn Star — I Was Hillary Clinton's Intern!  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton inspired a former intern to do big things ... really BIG things ... because that young woman is now a hardcore porn star ... TMZ has learned.  —  Adult film star Sammie Spades tells TMZ she was going to community college …
The Politico:
GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish  —  NEW ORLEANS — Republicans head into 2012 united in their disdain for an unpopular, big government-loving, internationalist president.  —  The name of that president: George W. Bush.  —  From Capitol Hill to the statehouses to the presidential primary …
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Doug Heye / US News:
Offensive Obama Impersonator Isn't Face GOP Should Put Forward
The Politico:
GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Yet Another Conservative Economist Thinks Barack Obama Can Travel Through Time  —  Gary Becker explains that the left-wing policies of Barack Obama and the 111th Congress slowed business investment: … Admittedly, I don't have a Nobel Prize.  But I can look up the trajectory of private investment in the United States:
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Gary Becker / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Slow Economic Recovery-Becker
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How states are rigging the 2012 election  —  An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.  If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging.  But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.
Daily Mail:
‘You are insane!’  The moment comedian Jon Stewart lost his cool with Fox News host Chris Wallace  —  It was pitched as a classic grudge match between the left and right of network television.  —  And when Daily Show host Jon Stewart entered the ‘lions den’ of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the results did not disappoint.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today:
Miss USA contest evolves: ‘Huge science geek’ wins  —  Score one for Charles Darwin.  The newly crowned Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, 21, of Los Angeles, who calls herself “a huge science geek,” says evolution should be taught in public schools.  —  No, it didn't happen on air in a replay …
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Acting ATF director to resign under pressure  —  Washington (CNN) — Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is expected to resign under pressure, perhaps in the next day or two, in the wake of the ongoing controversy over the Operation Fast and Furious …
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New York Post:
A ‘Fast and Furious’ border fiasco
Discussion: National Review
McKinsey & Company:
Employer Survey on US Healthcare Reform  —  Details regarding the survey methodology  —  In February 2011, McKinsey & Company commissioned a survey of 1,329 U.S. private sector employers to measure their attitudes about healthcare reform.  The opinion survey was paid for entirely by McKinsey …
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Poll: Time for Senator Orrin Hatch to go  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utah voters believe Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in office too long and should be replaced, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.  —  The poll by Dan Jones & Associates found only 38 percent of registered voters agree …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
National security experts blast attorney general's claim that lawyers are America's ‘most effective terror-fighting weapon’  —  Centrist and right-of-center national security experts reacted with contempt to Attorney General Eric Holder's claim at a legal convention that the courts are the nation's …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 22% Are Hesitant to Support a Mormon in 2012  —  Anti-Mormon sentiment hasn't eased since it was first measured in 1967  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Though the vast majority of Americans say they would vote for their party's nominee for president in 2012 if that person happens to be a Mormon …
John Edwards / The Daily Beast:
Edwards' Life in Exile  —  In John Edwards' hometown, residents are disgusted by the fallen former presidential candidate's cheating on Elizabeth Edwards.  Michelle Cottle visits Chapel Hill, where people snicker about his nightlife and his visits to his wife and son's graves as tour buses drive by.
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Post:
OK for gay marriage is ‘rite’ around the corner  —  ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo and Senate Republican boss Dean Skelos could say, “I do” as soon as today on a historic gay-marriage bill that includes strengthened exemptions for religious groups.  —  Negotiators for the Republican-run Senate privately admitted …
Scottmaxwell / Orlando Sentinel:
Rick Scott cares!  He really does care!  —  For a guy who claims not read newspapers — or care what the polls say or the public thinks — Rick Scott sure is putting a lot of effort into trying to score some good publicity.  —  In fact, if regular old rank-and-file Floridians won't write nice things …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Gawker and Wonkette
Matt Bai / New York Times:
‘Is It Always Like This?’  —  'I'm not sure there's any way to be prepared for something like this," Jon Huntsman told me last month.  He was reflecting on his debut a few days earlier as a prospective presidential candidate: a gorgeous Thursday evening in New Hampshire when his chartered plane touched …
Warren Kozak / Wall Street Journal:
What If Jews Had Followed the Palestinian Path?  —  Postwar Jewish refugees left everything they had in Europe—no ‘right of return’ requested.  —  It is doubtful that there has ever been a more miserable human refuse than Jewish survivors after World War II.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
New York Post:
Hold it!  Weiner not gone  —  By S.A. MILLER in DC and ALEXIS JEFFRIES in NY  —  Congress waited for Anthony Weiner to say he's leaving — and now it's waiting for him to clean out his desk.  —  Although the randy rep. announced Thursday that he was quitting after seven terms …
Cheryl Contee / Jack & Jill Politics:
INCOGNEGRO: Undercover as a Black Conservative at Right Online During Netroots Nation (Part 1)  —  This is the story of how Elon James White of This Week in Blackness and Blacking It Up and I infiltrated the Right Online conference masquerading as black conservatives.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Learning From The Mall Of American  —  I went to the Mall of America yesterday, and it's an interesting sight from an urbanist perspective.  The first thing that struck me was that it's so big that it actually lacks the main virtue of a shopping mall, which I think of as being that you have a whole bunch …
Discussion: Eschaton
NBC Philadelphia:
“Jackass” Star Ryan Dunn Dies in Car Accident  —  “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn was killed early Monday morning when his Porsche flew over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa., slammed into a tree and burst into flames, according to local police.  —  Dunn's passenger — who police have not identified — was also killed.
 
 
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Rowan Scarborough / Human Events:
Obama's Dictators  —  [This article was originally published …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
University of Rochester:
Is Coming Out Always A Good Thing?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Strip Podcast / Las Vegas Blog:
Wait . . . Steve Wynn Voted For Obama?!?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ben Smith's Blog
Thomas Geoghegan / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing's Threat to American Enterprise
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
Fox News:
U.K. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Leaves Friends $160G for Las Vegas Party
Discussion: The Jawa Report and msnbc.com
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CNN's Ed Henry Jumps To Fox News To Become Chief White House Correspondent
A.Killough / CNN:
DeMint explains early support for ‘Romneycare’
Discussion: GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Toronto Sun:
And they don't want to hear about oilsands development
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
Michelle Miller / CBS News:
African-American unemployment at 16 percent
New York Post:
Dad fires rifle at teen thugs: cops
Discussion: City Room
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Bachmann Playing With House Money
Discussion: Salon, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Bush Brand  —  First on The Page: Blue-chip C. Boyden Gray …