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3:50 PM 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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
On Juan Williams  —  Since my ThinkProgress colleagues are sort of “part of the story” in terms of Juan Williams getting sacked from NPR I'm a bit hesitant to comment on it.  But as in the case of Rick Sanchez it seems to me that if you assume Williams has been doing valuable work all these years …
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.
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.
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 …
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
Statement On NPR Firing Juan Williams  —  NPR has fired Juan Williams as a result of comments he recently made on The Bill O'Reilly show.  The comments were his personal admission that while he is certainly not a bigot, he said he was nervous when someone in Muslim garb and spouting Muslim doctrine got …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim Remarks
Rodney Ho / Radio & TV Talk:
First interview with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller on Juan Williams firing
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
National Politically-correct Radio
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Did Juan Williams Say What Most People Are Thinking?
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Conor Friedersdorf / Provocations:
Reflections On Stigma  —  National Public Radio has reportedly …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Daily Dish
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Should Juan Williams have been fired?
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
NPR memo to stations: why we fired Juan Williams
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Remarks Made About Muslims On O'Reilly Factor
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Right Pundits
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Juan Williams Fired by NPR For No Particular Reason (UPDATED)
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.
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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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ted Olson: ‘It Would Be Appropriate’ For Administration Not To Appeal DADT Injunction  —  Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily granted the government's request to stay a federal district court's injunction of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, potentially allowing the Pentagon …
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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 …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Coons Shifts on Tax Cuts for Wealthy: Extend Them All
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog
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: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Daily Mail:
Cafe owner ordered to remove extractor fan because neighbour claimed ‘smell of frying bacon offends Muslims’  —  A hard-working cafe owner has been ordered to tear down an extractor fan - because the smell of her frying bacon ‘offends’ Muslims.  —  Planning bosses acted against Beverley Akciecek …
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.
Philip Bredesen / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Incentive to Drop Insurance  —  My state of Tennessee could reduce costs by over $146 million using the legislated mechanics of health reform to transfer coverage to the federal government.  —  One of the principles of game theory is that you should view the game through your opponent's eyes, not just your own.
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Matthew Cooper / National Journal Online:
Obama, McConnell Call For Humility After The Election  —  In separate and exclusive interviews the president and majority leader wax conciliatory  —  Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell rarely agree, but this week, in separate interviews, both the president and the Senate minority leader called …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Plum Line
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
More Great Candidates to Support this November  —  Here are some more great commonsense candidates whose races we need to support as we approach November 2nd.  —  Butch Otter for Governor of Idaho  —  As a proud Vandal grad who was born in Idaho and still has plenty of Idaho family roots …
Discussion: The Eye
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who are you calling stupid?  —  The 2010 election has devolved in its closing days into a battle - familiar in American history and high school alike - over who's stupid, and who's a snob.  —  Republican candidates have served up their share of bloopers — humanoid mice, sunspots causing climate change …
Coloradoan Online:
(2 of 2)  —  When asked if that meant he wouldn't answer Gregory's question about homosexuality, Buck said: “I would focus on the economy for the full 30 minutes.”  —  The question on homosexuality came near the end of the debate.  For a final question, Gregory used one submitted on Facebook …
 
 
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