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11:35 AM ET, October 21, 2010

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NPR Ends Analyst's Contract After Comments on Muslims  —  NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.  —  NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR Ends Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks  —  NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims.  —  Williams appeared on “The O'Reilly Factor,” Monday and host Bill O'Reilly asked him to comment …
Michelle Malkin:
Firing offense: NPR axes Juan Williams for opinions on Muslims & post-9/11 travel  —  Un-freaking-believable.  —  Cable news blogger Johnny Dollar red-flagged NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik's Twitter feed, which announced tonight that liberal NPR analyst/Fox News contributor Juan Williams' contract …
Aharding / CNN:
Huckabee calls on Congress to cut NPR funding  —  “NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry  —  On Monday, I documented the glaring double standard in our political discourse generally and in the world of journalism specifically, whereby anti-Muslim bigotry is widely tolerated, while those perceived as expressing similar (or even more mild) …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Dish
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim Remarks  —  NPR terminated its contract this evening with Juan Williams, who worked with them as a senior political analyst, after Williams appeared on Bill O'Reilly and spoke of a “Muslim dilemma:” … A taxpaying-funded organization fired someone over their free speech?
Washington Post:
NPR fires Juan Williams over anti-Muslim remarks  —  Veteran journalist Juan Williams was fired from his job as senior news analyst for National Public Radio late Wednesday because of comments he made about Muslims and terrorism on “The O'Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
National Politically-correct Radio  —  No inconvenient truths here, please.  —  My Fox News Sunday colleague Juan Williams has been fired by NPR for telling an inconvenient truth.  —  Would President Obama, for example, disagree?  I don't think so.  Isn't this why, for example …
Discussion: Commentary and News Hounds
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:   Juan Williams Fired by NPR For No Particular Reason (UPDATED)
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Malkin Award Nominee
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hubbub
Erick Erickson / RedState:
NPR Fires Juan Williams For Telling the Truth
Discussion: Moe Lane
Mark Memmott / NPR:
After Comments About Muslims, NPR Terminates Juan Williams' Contract
PR Newswire:
CAIR Asks NPR to Address Analyst's Remarks on Muslims
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Andy Barr / The Politico:   NPR fires Juan Williams
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Rating at New Low in Most Recent Quarter  —  His favorable rating and re-elect figures are also at new lows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama averaged 44.7% job approval during the seventh quarter of his presidency.  His average approval rating has declined each quarter since …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How low will he go? …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aharding / CNN:
White House Dispatch: ‘Baby on Board’ in the Beast
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Christine O'Donnell Stands Her Ground on First Amendment Statement, Blames Media for Distortions  —  The Delaware Senate Hopeful Regrets Her 'I'm Not a Witch' Ad, Says She'll Win in November  —  In an exclusive and far-ranging interview with ABC News …
The Politico:
Sarah Palin is wreaking havoc on the campaign trail, GOP sources say  —  According to a source familiar with the situation, she backed out of planned interviews with conservative talk-show hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin the morning she was scheduled to talk to them.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hurricane Sarah  —  The election is two weeks away, but the campaign trail reviews of Sarah Palin are already in, and they aren't pretty.  —  According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Mediaite and GOP 12
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Closes Gap In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Want Their Senator To Oppose Obama  —  The race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat is now a statistical dead heat with Republican Pat Toomey getting 48 percent of likely voters to 46 percent …
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Aharding / CNN:
‘Extreme’ debate in Pennsylvania
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith  —  JASPER, Ind. — At a candidate forum here last week, Representative Baron P. Hill, a threatened Democratic incumbent in a largely conservative southern Indiana district, was endeavoring to explain his unpopular vote for the House cap-and-trade energy bill.
Mark Sherman / The Huffington Post:
DADT Conflict Explained: Why Obama Administration Lawyers Fight For A DADT Policy Obama Opposes  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama opposes the Pentagon's “don't ask, don't tell” policy on gays in the military, so why are Obama administration lawyers in court fighting to save it?
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
It's not Ginni Thomas who deserves an apology  —  As a wife, I understand where Ginni Thomas is coming from.  —  In particular, as the wife of a husband who endured a far less bruising confirmation process and is now, as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, far less the target of criticism, I feel her anger.
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Niche Lawyers Spawned Housing Fracas  —  The paperwork mess muddying home foreclosures erupted last month.  But the legal strategy behind it traces to a lawyer's gambit in 2006 that has helped keep one couple in their home six years beyond their last mortgage payment.
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Wall Street Journal Runs Inaccurate Piece on Antiforclosure Laywers
Discussion: TalkLeft
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Even if Democrats win, Pelosi faces opposition to remain as speaker  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mathematical grip on political power is getting slippery.  —  With House Democrats already bracing for steep losses in the midterm elections, at least five of Pelosi's colleagues have announced …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Majority of independent voters say Dem leadership is more left wing than they are
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn: Reid ‘lucky’ to draw Angle as GOP opponent
Discussion: CNN
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Majority says no ‘change’ under Obama, or change for the worse  —  A majority of voters in key battleground races say President Obama has either brought no change to Washington or has brought change for the worse.  —  In 10 competitive House districts, 41 percent of likely voters say Obama …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Coalition Forces Routing Taliban in Key Afghan Region  —  ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — American and Afghan forces have been routing the Taliban in much of Kandahar Province in recent weeks, forcing many hardened fighters, faced with the buildup of American forces, to flee strongholds they have held for years …
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes  —  Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.  —  Google's income shifting — involving strategies known …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Stays DADT Injunction  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips's Oct. 12 order in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States halting all enforcement of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy.
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Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
Closing the Digital Frontier
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABCNEWS:
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Is Obama Administration Bound to Defend Law it Opposes?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonk Room
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Outside game
Discussion: The Plum Line
New Scientist:
Asia tops climate change's ‘most vulnerable’ list
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and Yglesias
Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
Former President Bill Clinton's card with nuke codes went missing …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Norman Lear / The Huffington Post:
I'm Worried About Rush Limbaugh
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Odds of House Majority Now 3-in-4
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bredesen / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Incentive to Drop Insurance
Discussion: Commentary
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Sued By Ex-Employee Alleging He Was Fired For Complaining …
Discussion: Gothamist and News Hounds
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is Facebook Outing Gay Users to Advertisers?
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Bob Guccione, Penthouse Founder, Dies at 79
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who are you calling stupid?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Foreign Policy:
I hardly think my response is “black and white”
Discussion: Commentary
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Soros' “foreign” money