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12:50 AM ET, October 2, 2010


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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Rick Sanchez Fired From CNN  —  CNN released this statement today:  —  “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company.  We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”  —  They will broadcast CNN Newsroom from 3-5pm for the foreseeable future.  —  Here's more from the story earlier today:
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart “A Bigot”; Says CNN Is Run By Jews  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez is not happy with being made fun of constantly on The Daily Show and Colbert Report.  It is from this jumping off point that he absolutely unleashed on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and at times his own network …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Rick Sanchez fired from CNN  —  The formal announcement is shockingly brief — which, actually, speaks volumes.  —  Monday's “Daily Show” should be a very special episode indeed, my friends. … I assume everyone already knows why, but if you missed Ed's post this morning, read it now.
Stand UP!:
CNN's Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart ‘Bigot’  —  Cuban-American anchor Rick Sanchez came on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick today for a loose exchange on current events, media, and journalism.  Throughout much of the interview, the discussion touched on race.  To our surprise, at various points …
The Huffington Post:
Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart A ‘Bigot,’ Jews Run CNN & All Media  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez made controversial comments on a Sirius radio show Thursday, calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and saying that CNN and the other networks are all run by Jewish people.
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Sanchez out at CNN  —  Rick Sanchez lost his job at CNN on Friday …
Discussion: The Confluence
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Fires Sanchez After Critique of Stewart
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sanchez: CNN run by the Jews
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Rick Sanchez said about CNN and Jews
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Reduces Its Penalty for Marijuana  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A month before California voters decide the fate of a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that essentially puts those caught possessing small amounts of the drug …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Snitch
Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
Guv signs marijuana decriminalization bill  —  (10-01) 16:49 PDT Sacramento — Citing the need to reduce spending on prosecution and courts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure that makes marijuana possession an infraction, on par with traffic and littering tickets.
Phillip Smith /
California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Dean's World
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin jousts with Rouse  —  (CNN) - Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.  —  Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations “fairly silly.”
Lynn Sweet:
Obama huddles with Chicago reporters: Emanuel would be “excellent” mayor
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Rahm Emanuel's White House visitor trail
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Christine O'Donnell: After Witchcraft I Tried to Be A Hare Krishna — But Liked Meatballs Too Much (VIDEO)  —  In 1999 Christine O'Donnell told Bill Maher that she'd briefly tried Buddhism, and that she'd tried to be a Hare Krishna but couldn't take the vegetarianism.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Paladino switches gears and course-corrects (Updated)  —  Carl Paladino, in interviews with the Buffalo News and NY1, says he wasn't alleging Andrew Cuomo had affairs in his interview with me on Tuesday, and also that he wasn't suggesting that he had evidence to release on the topic.
David Freedlander / Associated Press:
Paladino Concedes: I Got No Proof [VIDEO]
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Whitman within law, immigration lawyers say  —  (10-01) 04:00 PDT Washington - —  Whether or not Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying her former housekeeper's false documents did not match its records …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Fiorina Called For Imprisoning 'Employers Who Knowingly Hired …
Discussion: CBS News and The Daily Caller
Eco-fascism jumps the shark: massive, epic fail!  —  I predicted this morning that No Pressure - Richard Curtis's spectacularly ill-judged eco-propaganda movie for the 10:10 campaign - would prove a disastrous own goal for the green movement.  —  But what I could never have imagined …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The Political Wild Card  —  WILMINGTON — Before she was a Tea Party cause célèbre, liberal laughingstock and perhaps the embodiment of a can-you-top-this-for-bizarre political season, Christine O'Donnell grew up in a “Brady Bunch” household of six kids (three Democrats …
Discussion: The Caucus and gary scott
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Al Gore fails to mention President Barack Obama during Democratic rally in Florida  —  Al Gore failed to mention President Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Florida as Democrats extended their new tactic for next month's elections - ignoring the man who so inspired them in 2008.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and theblogprof
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Crist tells Dems ‘I can win’ against ‘radical right’ Rubio
Fox News:
U.S. Officials: Bin Laden Believed to Be Involved in European Plot  —  Senior Al Qaeda leaders, including Usama Bin Laden, are believed to be behind efforts to mount a Mumbai-style attack on Westerners in European cities, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Fox News …
Hadeel Al-Shalchi / Associated Press:   Bin Laden uses Pakistani floods to drum up support
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Experiment in Guatemala  —  Top American officials apologized on Friday as they revealed an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which United States government medical researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, soldiers and mental patients with syphilis.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Advocate
U.S. Apologizes for Guatemala Syphilis Experiment
Discussion: Gawker and Jezebel
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Insurer Cuts Health Plans as New Law Takes Hold  —  The Principal Financial Group announced on Thursday that it planned to stop selling health insurance, another sign of upheaval emerging among insurers as the new federal health law starts to take effect.  —  The company, based in Iowa …
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Lone $4.1 Billion Sale Led to ‘Flash Crash’ in May  —  It was a stock market mystery that had everyone guessing for months: just what caused that harrowing flash crash last May?  —  On Friday, after months of investigation and speculation, federal authorities finally provided the answer …
Lachlan Markay /
Hypocritical Liberals Beg Murdoch to Force Amnesty Views on Fox News  —  When news broke in August that News Corp., the media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch, had donated a million dollars to the Republican Governor's Association, liberals howled that Murdoch's personal political views …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Liberals hope rally rivals Beck's  —  The rally liberal groups are staging at the National Mall on Saturday hasn't received nearly the media buzz of Glenn Beck's Aug. 28 rally, but organizers insist that their numbers will rival Beck's, which drew tens of thousands - or hundreds of thousands, depending on whose estimates you believe.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Exercise and Weight Loss  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates writes some about losing weight: … I think that's largely true.  The biggest gym-related thing I've done to lose weight is that I did some sessions with a personal trainer who warned me up front that you can't really lose weight in the gym—you need to eat less food.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Reminder to journalists: O'Keefe was not dressed as a pimp inside ACORN offices
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: Erick's blog, The Page and GOP 12
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
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Robert Costa / National Review:
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