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1:25 PM ET, October 22, 2010


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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.
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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Juan Williams Firing Prompts Jim DeMint Bill to Defund NPR  —  Updated 12:47 p.m. Eastern Time  —  Conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina today announced plans to introduce legislation stripping federal funding from National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.
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:
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.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Jim DeMint Introducing Bill to Defund Public Broadcasting
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
NPR & terrorists — 1; Americans — 0
Discussion: The Note
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Two Takes at NPR and Fox on Juan Williams
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 …
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.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Republican House Candidate Calls For Violent Government Overthrow If GOP Loses Election  —  Stephen Broden, a “constitutionalist pastor” from Texas who won the Republican nomination for Texas' 30th Congressional District, made a vaguely threatening statement at a Tea Party event last year.
Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
Broden on population control, Nazis and revolution
Discussion: The Politico and Raw Story
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP says compromise not on the agenda if they retake the House  —  Republicans aren't interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.  —  “Look, the time to go along and get along is over,” said Rep. Mike Pence …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Issa: ‘Not a chance’ of Obama impeachment under GOP House
Discussion: Bloomberg and Prairie Weather
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House GOP could force vote on defunding NPR
Discussion: Weigel, National Review and theblogprof
The Daily Caller:
Hickenlooper: Backwards thinking in Western rural areas  —  In Colorado, a bizarre three-way race for governor has given liberal Denver mayor John Hickenlooper an unlikely lead over Republican Dan Maes and third-party candidate Tom Tancredo, even in an unfriendly political environment.
Discussion: Denver Post and
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Hickenlooper accuses rural Coloradans of “backward thinking” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GayPatriot
Michael Sandoval / National Review:   Hickenlooper Bombshell: ‘Backwards Thinking in Rural, Western Areas’
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 …
Brian Bond / White Blog Feed:
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Makes “It Gets Better” Video
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Meg Whitman spending hits $163M  —  California GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman spent almost $23 million in the first 16 days of October, bringing her total to $163 million, according to a campaign finance disclosure filed Thursday.  —  Whitman still trails Democrat Jerry Brown by 8 percentage points …
Discussion: The Note
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
The Rape Accusation Against Meg Whitman's Son That Got Hushed Up
Discussion: SpeakEasy
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
Judges told to step down in Wilders trial  —  Geert Wilders says freedom of speech in the Netherlands is on trial  —  Judges in the hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders have been ordered to step down by an independent appeals panel.  —  The move follows a request …
Discussion: National Review
David Zucker / Big Hollywood:
‘Call Me Senator’: Let This Video Be My Apology for Once Supporting Sen. Boxer  —  I'd like to thank Right Change (who sponsored and are planning an ad campaign to support the spot) and all the wonderful actors and crew who volunteered for the “Call Me Madam” video.
Discussion: Publius Forum and Hot Air
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.
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” …
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Calling John Roberts
Discussion: ACS Blog and SCOTUSblog
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama promotes Denis McDonough
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Where President Obama is headed (and what it means)
Byron York / Associated Press:
GOP challenges Pelosi in deep-blue San Francisco
Discussion: alicublog
Marist Poll:
10/22: Cuomo Opens Up Big Lead Over Paladino
Steve Miletich / Seattle Times:
Two state Supreme Court justices stun some listeners with race comments
Discussion: Wonk Room and JSOnline
Aaron Lynett / National Post:
Centre refuses to host Steyn lecture on free speech
Discussion: Power Line and Strictly Right
 Earlier Items: 
Teleprompter to make its debut in Parliament when Obama speaks
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Gets Better  —  Dan Savage should be beaming with pride about what he started.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
'I'd trust him with my bullet'  —  This is video of NY-20 GOP …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Quinnipiac University:
Democrat Narrows Gap In Pennsylvania Gov Race, Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hotline On Call