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1:45 AM ET, April 10, 2007

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Don'T Miss This / MSNBC:
MSNBC, CBS Radio suspend Imus show  —  But charity event will air as scheduled Thursday and Friday  —  NEW YORK - After a career of cranky insults, radio star Don Imus was fighting for his job Monday following one joke that by his own admission went "way too far."
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Imus on Sharpton; Update: MSNBC suspends Imus for two weeks  —  Freddy's Fashion Mart.  —  Tawana Brawley.  —  Go-to guy to apologize for making racist comments.  What a world.  Don Imus may well be and probably is a bigot, but Rev. Al Sharpton is worse no matter how you look at the situation.
David Carr / New York Times:
With Imus, They Keep Coming Back  —  "Imus in the Morning" is scheduled to start this morning like any other, with Don Imus and his crew cracking wise about the weekend's events, riffing off the news and chatting with Evan Thomas, one of Newsweek's top guns.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Hey, Must Be The Money  —  So I make myself some coffee and open my dead tree version of the NY Times this morning only to see a call for blogger ethics on the front page.  How interesting.  Another call for "managed civil speech" (which is claimed to be "freer" than unfettered free speech.)
WNBC:
Imus Suspended From CBS Radio, MSNBC  —  Imus Talks To Sharpton On Civil-Rights Leader's Turf  —  NEW YORK — Don Imus will be punished for his controversial comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.  —  NBC News has decided to suspend him, allowing him to finish the week on MSNBC …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Imus and Sharpton Square Off Over Racial Remarks  —  Don Imus got himself into hot water last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.  Today he sat down with Reverend Al Sharpton, who has called for his firing, to talk about the incident.
Media Matters for America:   Tom Oliphant to Imus on racial slur controversy: "Solidarity forever, pal"
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Olbypocrisy Confirmed: By Olby!
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Imus' Tone Deafness Nothing New
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Imus Tries to Explain His Remarks Again
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama Ditches CBC/Fox Debate  —  Barack Obama has chosen not to attend September's Democratic presidential primary debate co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Fox News, an aide said, effectively dooming the event.  —  Obama is the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus running …
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Political Radar:
Obama to Nix Fox Debate  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will be the second Democratic presidential candidate to boycott a proposed debate to be broadcast by Fox News Channel.  —  "CNN seems to be a more appropriate host," an Obama campaign aide tells ABC News.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary Won't Do Fox Debate Either  —  The third shoe drops: Hillary's not doing the Fox News/CBC Debate either.  —  Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff emails, "We're going to participate in the DNC-sanctioned debates only.  We've previously committed to participating in the SC and Tavis Smiley debates."
Discussion: MyDD
ColorOfChange.org:
Black Activists Praise Barack Obama For Rejecting FOX / Congressional Black Caucus Institute Debate  —  ColorOfChange.org calls on Hillary Clinton & other presidential candidates to follow the lead of Edwards/Obama/DNC in rejecting FOX debate  —  FOX consistently marginalizes Black leaders …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
JOSHUA'S FIDDLE....Have you read Gene Weingarten's cover story in this week's Washington Post magazine?  Basically, he took a world-class violinist (Joshua Bell) and had him play for about an hour at the entrance to a DC Metro stop to see if anyone would notice.  To a good approximation, no one did.
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Worse Than Apartheid?  —  BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Hani Hayek, an accountant who is the Christian mayor of the tiny majority-Christian Palestinian village of Beit Sahour, was angry last week as he drove me along the Israeli security wall.  "They are taking our communal lands," he said …
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Shiites Call for U.S. to Leave Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — Tens of thousands of Shiites _ a sea of women in black abayas and men waving Iraqi flags _ rallied Monday to demand that U.S. forces leave their country.  Some ripped apart American flags and tromped across a Stars and Stripes rug.
Mike Baker / charlotteobserver.com:
Elizabeth Edwards afraid of neighbor  —  She has never met `rabid Republican,' but wouldn't be nice  —  RALEIGH —Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the "rabid, rabid Republican" who owns property across the street from her Orange County home — and she doesn't want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.
 
 
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