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7:10 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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Did Juan Williams Say What Most People Are Thinking?
Conor Friedersdorf / Provocations:
Reflections On Stigma  —  National Public Radio has reportedly …
Discussion: Yglesias
Michelle Malkin:
Firing offense: NPR axes Juan Williams for opinions on Muslims & post-9/11 travel
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
What about Mara Liasson?  —  News that Juan Williams' contract …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Juan Williams Stands By His Claim That He Has ‘Anxiety’ …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
No, Juan Williams isn't like Shirley Sherrod
Discussion: Verum Serum
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.
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Is Obama Administration Bound to Defend Law it Opposes?
People-Press.org:
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 …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
A Closer Look at Early Voting in Colorado
Discussion: Examiner
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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: The Hill and The Plum Line
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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates  —  Although national teen-pregnancy rates are on the decline, the disparities between states are often dramatic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday.  —  Some women's health advocates …
Discussion: The Foundry
Boston Globe:
Strip-search victim criticizes Perry  —  Woman says he failed to stop 1991 assault  —  Breaking her long silence, a woman who was illegally strip-searched in 1991 by a Wareham police officer under the command of Jeffrey D. Perry, then a police sergeant, said that Perry was nearby during the assault …
 
 
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