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9:00 PM ET, October 21, 2010


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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role  —  The cable news network signs the analyst to a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million.  Meanwhile, conservative figures blast the public radio network for its response to Williams' comments about Muslims.
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR CEO: Williams' Views Should Stay Between Himself And ‘His Psychiatrist’  —  Update at 3:30 p.m. ET.  NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:  —  “I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”  —  That follows, as you'll see below …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Juan Williams: Going Rogue  —  At a time when our country is dangerously in debt and looking for areas of federal spending to cut, I think we've found a good candidate for defunding.  National Public Radio is a public institution that directly or indirectly exists because the taxpayers fund it.
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 …
Juan Williams / Fox News:
I Was Fired for Telling the Truth  —  Yesterday NPR fired me for telling the truth.  The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.  —  This is not a bigoted statement.
Rodney Ho / Radio & TV Talk:
First interview with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller on Juan Williams firing  —  Call me lucky.  I had a pre-scheduled interview this morning with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller this morning before her speech at the Atlanta Press Club Newsmakers luncheon at the 191 Club in downtown Atlanta.
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 …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
What about Mara Liasson?  —  News that Juan Williams' contract with NPR was terminated over comments he made about Muslims while appearing on Fox News shines a spotlight on the radio network's the sorta/kinda serious shows.  " The only way she'd really be able to defend her continued alliance …
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NPR Ends Analyst's Contract After Comments on Muslims
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Juan Williams Calls Firing By NPR ‘Chilling Assault on Free Speech’
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.
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.
Ground War More Intense Than 2006, Early Voting More Prevalent  —  Democrats Stirring But Are No Match for Energized Republicans  —  As the midterm elections approach, there is every indication that voter turnout will be as high as in 2006, but unlike four years ago, Republicans …
CBS News:
Strong Turnout for Democrats in Early Voting  —  1st Figures on Early Balloting Show GOP Gains on 2008 Numbers, But Democrats Hold Edge in Some Key States  —  (CBS/AP) Election Day is already over for more than 3 million Americans, and a surprising number of them are Democrats.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
A Closer Look at Early Voting in Colorado
Discussion: Examiner
Warner Todd Huston / Publius Forum:
AP Says Dem Early Voters Big Turnout in MD, But MD Early Voting Hasn't Started
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Valerie Jarrett: Those Who Oppose Appealing DADT Injunction Don't ‘Actually Understand’ Process  —  This morning, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett responded to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to temporary stay a lower judge's injunction of Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
New York Times:
Top Companies Aid Chamber of Commerce in Policy Fights  —  Prudential Financial sent in a $2 million donation last year as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a national advertising campaign to weaken the historic rewrite of the nation's financial regulations.
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
A Brief History of NPR's Intolerance and Imbalance  —  From calling Tea Party members “Tea Baggers,” to saying that “the evaporation of 4 million” Christians would leave the world a better place, to suggesting that God could give former Sen. Jesse Helms or his family AIDS from a blood transfusion …
Discussion: Media Research Center
Nina Totenberg  —  Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent.  Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.  —  Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats accuse Rand Paul of ‘misogyny’  —  Down in the polls and running out of time in the Kentucky Senate race, Democrats are broadening their attack over the alleged “Aqua Buddha” prank from Republican Rand Paul's college days, saying it shows he's insensitive to women.
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.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Cyber Attack Strikes FreedomWorks  —  A mysterious cyber attack apparently struck the computer servers at the pro-tea party group FreedomWorks this morning, just as it launched a major fund-raising drive.  —  FreedomWorks officials are investigating, but they suspect they were attacked deliberately …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Toxic substance forces closure of Grijalva office  —  Police locked down the Tucson congressional office of Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) on Thursday afternoon after staffers received a package containing a “confirmed” toxic substance, a Grijalva spokesman said.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
David Holthouse / Anchorage Press:
Duking it out - While Joe Miller declares war on the media, Sen. Lisa Murkowski describes her fight for the middle  —  Joe Miller seems like the kind of politician who cheers for the bad guys in The Matrix.  The matching, dark-suited, white earpiece-wearing members of his goon squad even refer …
Discussion: National Review
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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Fhardingj / CNN:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Donvan / ABCNEWS:
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Matthew Cooper / National Journal Online:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Plum Line
Boston Globe:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Rating at New Low in Most Recent Quarter
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly

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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
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