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1:55 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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The Hill:
Supreme Court blocks gender-bias lawsuit against Wal-Mart  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has shelved a major gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart.  —  In a unanimous decision, the court ruled Monday that the lawsuit by a number of women who work for the retailer cannot move forward as a class action lawsuit.
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Associated Press:
Court won't hear ACORN lawsuit over gov't funding
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Supreme Court sides with Walmart, says female employees can't sue in class action
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart Wins Supreme Court Gender-Bias Case
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.
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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The Huffington Post:
John McCain: Illegal Immigrants Caused Arizona Wildfires
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McCain attempts to fan the flames
Justin Elliott / Salon:
McCain blames illegal immigrants for wildfires
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Reuters and The Reaction
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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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Romney under GOP fire on Afghanistan, abortion
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Gingrich campaign has yet to replace Iowa staff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, TPMDC and GOP 12
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
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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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The Politico:
GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish  —  A few of Bush's accomplishments have stood the test of time on the right.  The party still runs on his anti-terrorism record.  Republicans won a fight last year to extend the raft of tax cuts Bush signed into law.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
NBC Apologizes for Omitting ‘Under God’ From Pledge During U.S. Open Broadcast  —  BETHESDA, Md. — NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf's U.S. Open.  —  The words were edited out of a clip …
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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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and Weasel Zippers
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CNN's Ed Henry Jumps To Fox News To Become Chief White House Correspondent  —  EXCLUSIVE: CNN's Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry is jumping ship.  Fox News Channel is expected to announce later today that they have signed Henry as their Chief White House correspondent.
Michelle Miller / CBS News:
African-American unemployment at 16 percent  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this coming week.  —  While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it's at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males.
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Bush Brand  —  First on The Page: Blue-chip C. Boyden Gray backs Utahan's bid, poised to become chair of policy team.  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE  —  This is the first, but by no means the last, of eye-catching endorsements Huntsman will get from the GOP Establishment, including many with ties to Ronald Reagan and Bushes 41 and 43.
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Bachmann Playing With House Money  —  Bachmann's Congressional Spending Shows Close Links to Political Activity  —  On Nov. 5, 2009, at the behest of Rep. Michele Bachmann, thousands of tea party activists descended on the Capitol to vent their rage over the health care overhaul bill pending before Congress.
Discussion: Salon, msnbc.com and Daily Kos
 
 
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