HOW THE WAL-MART DRAMA SHAPES SN'S ANNUAL LIST

SN's Power 50 roster, in this week's issue, contains the cast of influential actors driving the industry's most important plotlines. There is no more important story than the Wal-Mart saga.You can argue about what to call the 2005 chapter of this story ("The Waltons"? "The Accused"? "Citizen Sam"? "Much Ado About Nothing"?), but you can't dispute that the Power 50 is rich with people on all sides

SN's Power 50 roster, in this week's issue, contains the cast of influential actors driving the industry's most important plotlines. There is no more important story than the Wal-Mart saga.

You can argue about what to call the 2005 chapter of this story ("The Waltons"? "The Accused"? "Citizen Sam"? "Much Ado About Nothing"?), but you can't dispute that the Power 50 is rich with people on all sides of this pivotal drama.

You'd have to start with Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott, who c

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