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8:10 AM 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.
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 …
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim Remarks  —  NPR terminated its contract this evening with Juan Williams, who worked with them as a senior political analyst, after Williams appeared on Bill O'Reilly and spoke of a “Muslim dilemma:” … A taxpaying-funded organization fired someone over their free speech?
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Majority of independent voters say Dem leadership is more left wing than they are  —  In another potentially troubling sign for Democratic candidates, three in five independent voters in key House districts say Congress's Democratic leadership is to the left of them on the political spectrum.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Every big Senate race just got closer  —  A new wave of polling shows virtually every close Senate race growing even more competitive, raising the pressure on both parties in the final days of the midterm campaign.  —  In several states, Democratic candidates are on the upswing.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Swampland
Aharding / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘Extreme’ debate in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Politico
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Key Senate Battles Tighten
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
GOP Has Absentee Ballot Advantage in Pennsylvania
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi expects to stay on top
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Stays DADT Injunction  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips's Oct. 12 order in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States halting all enforcement of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy.
New York Times:
Court Keeps Military Gay Policy for Now  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily stalled the landmark court decision allowing openly gay recruits to be accepted into the military.  —  In response to an emergency request from the government, a three-judge panel …
Fox News:
Federal Appeals Court Says Military's Gay Ban Should Stay in Place for Now
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and BLACKFIVE
Advocate:   Appeals Court Grants DADT Stay
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Call a Waaahmbulance: NAACP exhaustively details how the Tea Party's connections empower racism  —  Cue the right-wing wailing and gnashing of teeth: The NAACP has now fully backed up its accusations of racism within the Tea Party movement with a meticulously documented report …
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.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters are not worried about ‘extreme’ label on candidates
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and Commentary
Andy Borowitz / News Desk:
Shouts & Murmurs: Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls You  —  Like many Americans, over the past several years I have been the recipient of multiple unwelcome voicemails from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  These calls have come in the middle of the night …
Discussion: Blue Gal
New York Times:
The Justices and Decorum Outside the Courtroom
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and The Caucus
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
John Roberts's America  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I wish Chief Justice John Roberts could spend a day and a night in the Rocky Mountains experiencing what his activist Supreme Court majority has dumped on the American voter in 2010.  —  The sludge flow from out-of-state, secretive political groups is unrelenting.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:   Don't Blame Citizens United
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems call for McCain investigation
Discussion: Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Soros' “foreign” money  —  George Soros announced today that he was making his first-ever contribution to Media Matters, in the amount of $1 million.  Rush Limbaugh denounced this as “foreign money in American politics” and called Soros “a foreigner.”
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Soros Donates $1 Million to Media Matters
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Majority says no ‘change’ under Obama, or change for the worse  —  A majority of voters in key battleground races say President Obama has either brought no change to Washington or has brought change for the worse.  —  In 10 competitive House districts, 41 percent of likely voters say Obama …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Coalition Routs Taliban in Southern Afghanistan  —  ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — American and Afghan forces have been routing the Taliban in much of the insurgency's base of Kandahar Province in recent weeks, forcing many hardened fighters to flee strongholds they have held for years in the face …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Rival Gives Frank Some Unflattering New Steps  —  REVERE, Mass. — Representative Barney Frank was dancing around the issues — first doing a version of the Running Man, then the Sprinkler, then a disco boogie.  —  The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation.
Lpratapas / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in Alaska Senate race  —  (CNN) - A new poll indicates a dead-even race in the Alaska battle between Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller and GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who's running for re-election as a write-in candidate.  But a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation …
Discussion: Time and
Vauhini Vara / Washington Wire:
Joe Miller Files FEC Complaint
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Citing Rep. Grayson's ‘gutter theatrics,’ GOP challenger refuses to debate  —  After Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked his Republican challenger Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan” in a recent campaign ad, Webster is refusing to share the stage with him for a debate.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Cindy Sheehan Goes Republican  —  After a fashion, anyway: She encourages Nancy Pelosi to debate her Republican opponent, John Dennis, and suggests that voters should take a look at him. … I talked to Dennis, who is happy with the quasi-endorsement — he, too, mentioned that he was backed by Gonzalez …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Bush defends bailout of financial firms  —  Former President George W. Bush said a decision to use taxpayer money to bolster the financial system in 2008 wasn't difficult and was needed to avoid an economic collapse.  —  “Depression, no depression,” Bush told about 2,000 people during …
Discussion: Newsalert
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Back Gays Serving Openly in Military  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  With repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy being hashed out in both Congress and the courts …
Foreign Policy:
I hardly think my response is “black and white”  —  I mean, it's fairly reasonable to expect us to practice what we preach.  How is that an unreasonable demand?  And your differentiation between Russian and US policies is simplistic at best.  Torture in its various forms was systematic …
Discussion: Commentary and Telegraph
Aharding / CNN:
White House Dispatch: ‘Baby on Board’ in the Beast  —  Portland, Oregon (CNN) - The presidential limousine, known colloquially as ‘The Beast,’ carried what was probably one of its youngest passengers ever on Wednesday evening.  —  President Obama, who flew to Oregon as part …
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Obama Team On Furor Over Foreclosures: ‘Problem For The Banks and Servicers To Fix’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Wednesday that the Obama administration will attempt to protect homeowners and police the kind of paperwork fraud …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Trump Among Donors to Rove-Linked Group
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Obama Misquotes Declaration of Independence, Again
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Foundry
Clout St:
Quinn, Brady lash out on ethics, taxes, education at governor debate
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News
Steve / CBS New York:
Pilot Refuses Full-Body Scan, Says TSA Doesn't Make Travel Safer
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Hispanics don't see Democrats' funding
Luke Funk / Traffic News:
Audit: NJ Turnpike Wasted Millions On Perks
Discussion: POWIP and National Review
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
White House rejects gay judicial nominee
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Likely voters ready to embrace GOP
Flathead Beacon:
Presidential Material?  —  Three weeks before a pivotal midterm …
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Nine stories the press is underreporting — fraud, fraud and more fraud
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
A Culture of Poverty
Discussion: The Other McCain