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Monday, June 20, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Alabama continues to shame us

Alabama Sen. Scott Beason
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  • Alabama Sen. Scott Beason
>> Oh hey Alabama, we're pretending not to see you: While wearing a wire as a witness in a federal corruption case, Alabama Senator Scott Beason called black casino customers "aborigines" and two other legislators called them "Indians." Beason also said there'd be a big turnout of black voters if bingos with free buffets were on the ballot. If Andrew Weiner had to resign because of a dick pic, can we please get rid of this guy? (Talking Points Memo)

>> Arizona Senator John McCain on the biggest wildfires in Arizona history: "Some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally. They have set fires because they signal others, they have set fires to keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents." While the U.S. Forest Service has determined the largest fire to be manmade, it's probably "an escaped campfire" from middle class white people. (ABC)

>> In one of the most closely watched cases in years, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the suit brought by female employees against Wal-Mart. The female employees said they were victimized by Wal-Mart's practice of local managers making pay and promotion decisions. Pay women less. Live better. (Bloomberg)

>> According to a Hill newspaper poll, 72 percent of voters say that the U.S. is fighting in too many places, and only a third of people think fighting in Afghanistan, the deadliest conflict, is making the U.S. safer. Another thing we can agree on: this guy is not funny. (the Hill, Politico)

>> And finally: A Japanese machine called "K" has been named the world's most powerful supercomputer, three times faster than its Chinese rival. It will simulate earthquakes, research nuclear energy, develop weapons and play on "Jeopardy!" (the New York Times)

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