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3:35 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.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Jim DeMint Introduces Bill to Defund NPR, PBS After Juan Williams Firing
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House GOP could force vote on defunding NPR
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.
Magellan Strategies:
Colorado Governor Survey (10/22/10)  —  Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies today released the results of an automated survey of 1,067 likely voters in the state of Colorado looking at the race for Governor.  The findings show Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Congressman Tom Tancredo in a statistical tie.
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
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
George W. Bush Reveals His Biggest Failure Was Not Privatizing Social Security  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Read More: Bush Privatizing Social Security, Bush Social Security, Bush Social Security Privatization, George Bush Social Security, George W. Bush, George w.  Bush Social Security, Politics News
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   George W. Bush Says His “Biggest Accomplishment” Was Keeping Us “Safe”
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Gets Better  —  Dan Savage should be beaming with pride about what he started.  Here is the president of the United States reaching out to gay kids being bullied in their teenage years.  —  It's beautifully crafted and gently put.  I think it's the first time in history that a US president …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Gates 'Don't Ask' Memo Limits Discharge Policy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonk Room
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
The Rape Accusation Against Meg Whitman's Son That Got Hushed Up  —  As a student at Princeton University, the son of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman—one of the school's most celebrated donors—was accused of sexually assaulting a classmate.  This is the story of the explosive accusation and its quiet aftermath.
Discussion: Raw Story and SpeakEasy
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 …
Associated Press:
Illegal Aliens Canvass for Votes in Wash. State  —  SEATTLE — When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters' doors, she's not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally.  She knows it's a risk to advertise to strangers that she's here illegally — but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Swastikas and toxic white powder: The attack on Grijalva's Tucson office  —  Following up on yesterday's shutdown of Rep. Raul Grijalva's office after a letter containing a toxic substance was mailed to them, we called up Adam Saravana, Grijalva's communications director, and got the inside story.
Discussion: KOLD-TV, Daily Kos, KVOA-TV and Hullabaloo
Grounded nuclear sub dragged free  —  A nuclear-powered submarine which ran aground in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye has been towed free, the Royal Navy has said.  —  HMS Astute was towed free by a tug at about 1800 BST and will be taken to deep water where a survey will be carried out on its rudder.
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
The Lede: British ‘Stealth’ Submarine Gets Stuck in Mud
Discussion: Guardian and Wonkette
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Joe Miller's Extreme Anti-Gay Adviser  —  One of the consultants on the the tea party-backed candidate's payroll heads a group that's so anti-gay it blasted Rush Limbaugh for hobnobbing with Elton John.  —  Post Comment  —  Joe Miller, the Sarah Palin-endorsed, tea party-backed GOP Senate candidate …
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
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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Derek Broes / Big Government:
Union Fires Stage Hand for Wearing Bush Hat and Shirt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin Reece / KHOU-TV:
Houston woman's Obama T-shirt serves as voting ‘dress code’ reminder
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
CAGW unamused by remade ad
John Carucci / The Huffington Post:
John Mellencamp Defends Sarah Palin's Intelligence
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and PopEater
Sjones / CNSNews:
Statistics Show Women Fare Badly Under Islam, but U.N. Official …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Blumenthal and Planned Parenthood seek ‘Worst of WWE + women photos’
 Earlier Items: 
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Calling John Roberts
Discussion: ACS Blog and SCOTUSblog
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
Steve Miletich / Seattle Times:
Two state Supreme Court justices stun some listeners with race comments
Discussion: Wonk Room, Don Surber and JSOnline
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
WPRI Poll: Barney Frank in tight race