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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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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 …
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 …
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?
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry  —  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 (or even more mild) …
Discussion: NPR, Pajamas Media and Hubbub
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
National Politically-correct Radio
Discussion: News Hounds
PR Newswire:
CAIR Asks NPR to Address Analyst's Remarks on Muslims
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Closes Gap In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Want Their Senator To Oppose Obama  —  The race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat is now a statistical dead heat with Republican Pat Toomey getting 48 percent of likely voters to 46 percent …
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Aharding / CNN:
‘Extreme’ debate in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Every big Senate race just got closer
Discussion: New York Magazine and Swampland
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
GOP Has Absentee Ballot Advantage in Pennsylvania
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Key Senate Battles Tighten
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.
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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
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.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Even if Democrats win, Pelosi faces opposition to remain as speaker  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mathematical grip on political power is getting slippery.  —  With House Democrats already bracing for steep losses in the midterm elections, at least five of Pelosi's colleagues have announced …
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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.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
It's not Ginni Thomas who deserves an apology  —  As a wife, I understand where Ginni Thomas is coming from.  —  In particular, as the wife of a husband who endured a far less bruising confirmation process and is now, as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, far less the target of criticism, I feel her anger.
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Andy Borowitz / News Desk:
Shouts & Murmurs: Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls You
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Blue Gal
New York Times:
The Justices and Decorum Outside the Courtroom
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Top of the Ticket
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who are you calling stupid?
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Coalition Forces Routing Taliban in Key Afghan Region  —  ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — American and Afghan forces have been routing the Taliban in much of Kandahar Province in recent weeks, forcing many hardened fighters, faced with the buildup of American forces, to flee strongholds they have held for years …
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 …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Bob Guccione, Penthouse Founder, Dies at 79  —  Bob Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine in the 1960s and built a pornographic media empire that broke taboos, outraged the guardians of taste and made billions before drowning in a slough of bad investments and Internet competition …
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Niche Lawyers Spawned Housing Fracas  —  The paperwork mess muddying home foreclosures erupted last month.  But the legal strategy behind it traces to a lawyer's gambit in 2006 that has helped keep one couple in their home six years beyond their last mortgage payment.
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.
Lisa Fleisher / Washington Wire:
N.J.'s Christie to Headline Rubio Fund-raiser  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will fly to Florida today for a quick fund-raiser for Republican Senate hopeful Marco Rubio.  —  The Republican governor has for weeks been traveling around the country from California to Iowa to Connecticut …
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.
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.”
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 …
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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democrats: McCain is violating campaign spending law bearing his name  —  The irony is hard to miss: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the co-architect of one of the most sweeping campaign finance measures in U.S. history, was accused by Democrats on Wednesday of breaking that very law.
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
 
 
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
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