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9:50 PM ET, June 20, 2011


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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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule for Wal-Mart in Class-Action Bias Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the largest employment discrimination case in the nation's history.  The suit, against Wal-Mart Stores, had sought to consolidate the claims of as many as 1.5 million women on the theory …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to announce Afghan plans Wednesday  —  President Obama is in the final phase of determining how many U.S. troops he will withdraw from Afghanistan next month and plans to announce his decision Wednesday, administration officials said.  —  The announcement is also expected to lay …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Report: Obama to announce troop drawdown
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Libya defunding vote would ‘send a bad message’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Clinton voters still skeptical of Obama for 2012
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 …
The Note:
McCain In a Firestorm Over Comments on Illegal Immigrants & Wildfires  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  In comments made over the weekend, Senator John McCain R-AZ., blamed illegal immigrants for the some wildfires that have raged across his state of Arizona.
Olivia Katrandjian / ABCNEWS:
John McCain's Illegal Immigrants Started Arizona Wildfires Disputed by Forest Service
Stephen Metcalf / Slate Magazine:
The Liberty Scam  —  Why even Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism, gave up on the movement he inspired.  —  1.  —  Recently, I overheard a fellow Amtraker back off a conversation on politics.  “You know, it's because I'm a libertarian,” he said, sounding like a vegetarian politely declining offal.
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Acting ATF director to resign  —  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 controversy over Operation Fast and Furious, two senior federal law enforcement sources said Monday.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Operative boosted Jon Huntsman at Republican Leadership Conference
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 …
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin® Trademarks Her Name  —  A few months ago, an attorney for Sarah and Bristol Palin put in an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark their names.  (One of many things that suggests that profit, and not the presidency, is what's motivating Palin.)
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Bachmann ordered Ed Rollins to apologize to Palin's team  —  When you've got a puppy with a habit of crapping on the carpet, you may need to rub his face in it to set him right.  —  Serious candidates require serious message discipline, and as of last Monday's debate, she's most definitely a serious candidate: Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Jon Stewart: “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “President Obama and liberal former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine's $787 billion stimulus failed to create jobs.”
Paul Krugman:
Our Lost Decade Relationship  —  Clive Crook argues that we're flirting with the possibility of a lost decade.  I disagree — the flirting took place three years ago.  The lost decade question now isn't whether our flirtation with a lost decade will turn into something serious …
Discussion: The Wire and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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
It's Still the Economy, Stupid  —  Fourteen million Americans remain out of work, a waste of our greatest resource.  The 42nd president has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis.  —  14 WAYS TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK  —  Next week in Chicago, the Clinton Global Initiative …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
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
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
Thomas Geoghegan / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing's Threat to American Enterprise  —  When major firms move to the South, it's usually a harbinger of quality decline.  Why let that happen?  —  Conservatives are in an uproar that the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has filed an unfair labor charge against Boeing.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Taking a hatchet to presidential power  —  In addition to the far-right policy agenda pursued by congressional Republicans, it's worth noting that these same GOP lawmakers intend to take away as much of President Obama's powers as they can.  —  The Constitution, for example …
Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Messenger:
Appeals court says gay panic is not self defense  —  A Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a man who attacked another man for unwanted sexual advances was rightly denied the use of “gay panic” as a defense strategy.  —  In the case People of the State of Michigan v. Dale Edward Cutler …
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Professor Bernanke Warning of Japan Paralysis Meets Fed Chief Facing Same  —  As a Princeton University professor, Ben Bernanke castigated the Bank of Japan in 2000 for a “case of self-induced paralysis” that led to a decade of stagnation.  Now, the Federal Reserve chairman may be allowing …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Sophia Hollander / Wall Street Journal:
Private School Tuition Bill Tops $40,000  —  Other Schools Will Soon Join Riverdale Country in Crashing Through Key Barrier; Demand for Slots Remains Brisk  —  The Riverdale Country School will charge $40,450 for high-school students in the coming year, the first time a New York private school has topped $40,000 in annual tuition.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
N.Y. senator a-Twitter over gay marriage vote  —  An undecided New York state senator has turned to Twitter and Facebook to ask social media users if he should cast the deciding vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage.  —  Just days after Rep. Anthony Weiner imploded in a sexting scandal …
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Bruce Japsen / Chicago Tribune:
AMA affirms support of health insurance requirement
Discussion: Newsalert
The Politico:
Grahams sell $10M in Post stock
The Note:
Weiner Wrap: Besieged Lawmaker Finally Submits Letter of Resignation
Discussion: The Page
Mother Jones:
All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
Fiona Harvey / Guardian:
Artificial meat could slice emissions, say scientists
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Thomas Geoghegan / New York Times:
Get Radical: Raise Social Security
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Happy Donor's Day!  —  The New York Times celebrates fatherhood …
Discussion: Althouse and New York Times
Rowan Scarborough / Human Events:
Obama's Dictators  —  [This article was originally published …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nellie Andreeva /
CNN's Ed Henry Jumps To Fox News To Become Chief White House Correspondent
The Politico:
GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How states are rigging the 2012 election