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3:40 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
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.
The Huffington Post:
John McCain: Illegal Immigrants Caused Arizona Wildfires … John McCain (R-AZ) says illegal immigrants are to blame for the massive wildfires that have ravaged Arizona.  —  “There is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McCain attempts to fan the flames
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Examiner and Big Government
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New York Post:
A ‘Fast and Furious’ border fiasco
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
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.
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run, TMZ.com and Guardian
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places  —  An overwhelming number of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should pull back its troops, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  Seventy-two percent of those polled …
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Wire and Flap's Blog
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
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 and Wonkette
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Obama no-show miffs Hispanics  —  Leaders of a national Hispanic organization are criticizing President Barack Obama for skipping their annual conference for the third consecutive year after he promised as a candidate in 2008 that he would return as president.
Discussion: JSOnline
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
 
 
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University of Rochester:
Is Coming Out Always A Good Thing?
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Warren Kozak / Wall Street Journal:
What If Jews Had Followed the Palestinian Path?
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John Edwards / The Daily Beast:
Edwards' Life in Exile
Discussion: Mediaite
Aaron Lucchetti / Wall Street Journal:
The Regulator Down the Hall
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
DNC announces $10.5 million haul in May
Discussion: CNN
The Daily Caller:
Obama is flouting the War Powers Resolution
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DeMint explains early support for ‘Romneycare’
Discussion: GOP 12
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Toronto Sun:
And they don't want to hear about oilsands development
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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
New York Post:
Hold it! Weiner not gone
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