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10:55 AM ET, October 22, 2010


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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.
Alicia Shepard / NPR:
NPR's Firing of Juan Williams Was Poorly Handled  —  Juan Williams once again got himself into trouble with NPR for comments he made at his other job, at Fox News.  And NPR's reaction has unleashed an unprecedented firestorm of criticism directed not at Williams - but at NPR.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Is Nina Totenberg Next?  —  NPR's legal affairs correspondent frequently expresses her pro-Democratic opinion.  —  Juan Williams, now a former contract news analyst for NPR, was fired Wednesday for publicly taking a controversial position.  A statement from NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said:
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.
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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Everybody Wins  —  When I wrote last night it seemed like the Juan Williams saga was one in which no one came out very well.  But the light of a new day has changed the picture dramatically.  Bagging the lucrative new contract with Fox News is only part of it.
Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint Take Aim at NPR Funding
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
While a Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American Islamic Relations …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and Hit & Run
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Two Takes at NPR and Fox on Juan Williams
Wall Street Journal:
Campaign's Big Spender  —  Public-Employees Union Now Leads All Groups in Independent Election Outlays  —  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections, thanks to an 11th-hour effort to boost Democrats that has vaulted …
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.
JoAnne Allen / Front Row Washington:
Pelosi takes on Chamber of Commerce over campaign spending
Discussion: Firedoglake and GayPatriot
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Lillian McEwen breaks her 19-year silence about Justice Clarence Thomas  —  For nearly two decades, Lillian McEwen has been silent — a part of history, yet absent from it.  —  When Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his explosive 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Former president Clinton on mission to rescue Democratic Party in fall elections  —  Bill Clinton is baffled.  The former president's friends say he is in disbelief that in the closing weeks of the midterm campaigns Democrats have failed to articulate a coherent message on the economy and …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Clinton: GOP banking on 'yesterday's America' showing up Election Day
Melanie Mason / Dallas Morning News:
GOP congressional candidate Stephen Broden says violent overthrow of government is ‘on the table’  —  —  WASHINGTON - Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership.
Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
Broden on population control, Nazis and revolution
Discussion: The Politico and Raw Story
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama Underappreciation Syndrome  —  In an increasingly desperate attempt to develop a narrative for the coming Democratic collapse, the Democrats have indulged themselves in what for half a century they've habitually attributed to the American right — the paranoid style in American politics.
Liberals-Lie / CBS News:
Clint Eastwood on Obama: Nice Fella but “Not a Fan”  —  Clint Eastwood, legendary actor and director, told Katie Couric that while President Obama is a “nice fella,” he's “not a fan of what he's doing at the moment.”  —  During an interview about his latest film “Hereafter,” …
Brian Bond / The White House:
President Obama: It Gets Better  —  Recently, several young people have taken their own lives after being bullied for being gay - or perceived as being gay - by their peers.  Their deaths are shocking and heartbreaking tragedies.  No one should have to endure relentless harassment or tormenting.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
British Fashion Victims  —  In the spring of 2010, fiscal austerity became fashionable.  I use the term advisedly: the sudden consensus among Very Serious People that everyone must balance budgets now now now wasn't based on any kind of careful analysis.  It was more like a fad …
Discussion: Free exchange
Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party to the Rescue  —  How the GOP was saved from Bush and the establishment.  —  Two central facts give shape to the historic 2010 election.  The first is not understood by Republicans, and the second not admitted by Democrats.  —  The first: the tea party is not a “threat” …
Quinnipiac University:
Democrat Narrows Gap In Pennsylvania Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dim View Of Economy Favors Republican  —  In the Pennsylvania governor's race, Democrat Dan Onorato, the Allegheny County Executive, has erased most of State Attorney General Tom Corbett's 15-point likely voter lead …
The Atlantic Online:
Will Rand Paul ‘Man Up’?  —  A confession: When Kentucky's Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway put up his controversial “Aqua Buddha” ad, alluding to the GQ report that an undergraduate Rand Paul had “kidnapped” a woman and forced her to pray to what Conway grandiosely called “a false idol” …
Barbara Hollingsworth / Beltway Confidential:
Rep. Moran: Serving in the military isn't public service  —  Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, D-8th, doesn't think serving in the military is public service.  At the October 6th meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, Moran was videotaped telling fellow party members:
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
WPRI Poll: Barney Frank in tight race  —  NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is facing what may be the toughest re-election fight of his 30-year career as he holds onto a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Sean Bielat, our exclusive WPRI 12 poll shows.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
A Favorite Villain in Election Ads: New York  —  A Georgia congressman is shown driving around New York in a convertible with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, soaking in cheers at a ticker-tape parade on Wall Street and then basking in the bright lights of Times Square.
Discussion: New York Magazine and City Room
Biden Says Outside Groups' Money Jeopardizes Democrats' Control of House  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Democrats will retain control of the Senate while he worries that hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to campaign groups backing Republicans could cost his party its House majority.
New York Times:
Big Gifts to G.O.P. Groups Push Donor to New Level  —  WASHINGTON — When Bob Perry, a wealthy home builder from Texas, emerged six years ago as a prime financer of the Swift Boat Veterans attack ads against Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, the political strategist Karl Rove was there to vouch for Mr. Perry.
Toxic powder sent to Arizona congressman  —  Office locked down after swastika-covered envelope discovered  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — White powder delivered in an swastika-covered envelope to the Tucson, Ariz., office of Rep. Raul Grijalva is a toxic substance, the Democratic congressman said the FBI told him Thursday afternoon.
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