PEERING DOWN FROM AIR FORCE One, the 42nd US President beckoned the leaders of his Secret Service detail. "I want you guys to look out the window," said Bill Clinton. "This is where I started my political career. I've been on every one of these roads." Down below was a corner of northwestern Arkansas then emergent as one of the hottest swaths of real estate in the nation thanks mainly to the presence of a single entity: Wal-Mart. It was Nov. 6, 1998. The occasion: Full-blown opening ...

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