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5:25 PM 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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
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.
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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 …
aolnews.com:
Opinion: Juan Williams, NPR and the Death of Liberalism
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Did Juan Williams Say What Most People Are Thinking?
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Right declares war on NPR
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Juan Williams Stands By His Claim That He Has ‘Anxiety’ …
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Daily Dish
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Should Juan Williams have been fired?
Conor Friedersdorf / Provocations:
Reflections On Stigma  —  National Public Radio has reportedly …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Daily Dish
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
National Politically-correct Radio
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim Remarks
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ted Olson: ‘It Would Be Appropriate’ For Administration Not To Appeal DADT Injunction  —  Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily granted the government's request to stay a federal district court's injunction of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, potentially allowing the Pentagon …
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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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: O'Donnell on Church, State Stance  —  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, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell strongly defended her statements …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
 
 
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