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March 29th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Walmart fights potential class action lawsuit at the Supreme Court

(CNN) - Think big - really big - and you may understand the stakes in an upcoming Supreme Court case that could have a profound impact on nearly every American business with employees.

At issue is whether the justices should allow certification of the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, a long-standing dispute against mega-corporation Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions. Arguments in the case are Tuesday morning and ruling can be expected by late June.

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks to Christine Romans about the potential implications of the suit and what is expected to happen in court Tuesday.

Filed under: Law • U.S.
March 29th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Sen. Durbin: "What we are seeing today is encouraging in Libya"

In response to President Obama's speech on Libya Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says the no-fly zone is working and says, "What we are seeing today is encouraging in Libya".

Sen. Durbin will also be holding hearings on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims Tuesday, just a few weeks after Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) hearing on the "radicalization of American Muslims".

Sen. Dick Durbin talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about Libya and the hearings.

Filed under: Libya • Politics • U.S. • World
March 29th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Scientists gather at Arctic ice base to study climate change

Just 675 nautical miles from the North Pole, the Catlin Ice Base is considered ground zero for climate change. Each spring, the ice base attracts scientists trying to figure out what impact the melting ice cap is having on the surrounding environment.

Philippe Cousteau, CNN Special Correspondent and Environmentalist, is at the Catlin Ice Base in the Arctic and tells Ali Velshi about his experience there.

Filed under: Environment • Science
March 29th, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Sen. McCain responds to Obama's address, says he wants Gadhafi out

President Obama addressed the nation about the U.S.'s involvement in Libya Monday and said the goal there is regime change without force.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has criticized the President's statement and says military force against the leader shouldn't be taken off the table. Sen. McCain talks to Christine Romans about Monday's address.

Filed under: Libya • Politics • U.S.
March 29th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

Complications at Daiichi nuclear plant intensify

As concerns over leaking radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi plant persist, workers continued Tuesday to try to cool the plant's reactors with water. But, the situation has become more complex as workers must find somewhere to dispose of the contaminated water used to cool the reactors. Additionally, highly toxic plutonium has been found in the soil surrounding the plant, causing concern.

Joe Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy. Cirincione talks to American Morning about the situation in Japan.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Japan • World