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9:05 AM ET, October 22, 2010


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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.
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.
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 …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
What about Mara Liasson?  —  News that Juan Williams' contract with NPR was terminated over comments he made about Muslims while appearing on Fox News shines a spotlight on the radio network's the sorta/kinda serious shows.  " The only way she'd really be able to defend her continued alliance …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
While a Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), was instrumental in getting National Public Radio (NPR) to fire Juan Williams, some Muslims are speaking out against succumbing to the censorship of political correctness.  —  Tarek Fatah, founder …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Two Takes at NPR and Fox on Juan Williams
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   A Closer Look at Early Voting in Colorado
Warner Todd Huston / Publius Forum:
AP Says Dem Early Voters Big Turnout in MD, But MD Early Voting Hasn't Started
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Clinton: GOP banking on 'yesterday's America' showing up Election Day  —  BALTIMORE - Former President Bill Clinton singled out Karl Rove and the “secret committees” for causing a “crazy food fight” that's confusing voters during a rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Rep. Cummings: Media wants Dems to ‘apologize’ for healthcare reform
Toxic powder sent to Arizona congressman  —  Office locked down after swastika-covered envelope discovered  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — White powder delivered in an swastika-covered envelope to the Tucson, Ariz., office of Rep. Raul Grijalva is a toxic substance, the Democratic congressman said the FBI told him Thursday afternoon.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Toxic substance forces closure of Raul Grijalva's office
Discussion: Oliver Willis
The Atlantic Online:
Will Rand Paul ‘Man Up’?  —  A confession: When Kentucky's Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway put up his controversial “Aqua Buddha” ad, alluding to the GQ report that an undergraduate Rand Paul had “kidnapped” a woman and forced her to pray to what Conway grandiosely called “a false idol” …
Liberals-Lie / CBS News:
Clint Eastwood on Obama: Nice Fella but “Not a Fan”  —  Clint Eastwood, legendary actor and director, told Katie Couric that while President Obama is a “nice fella,” he's “not a fan of what he's doing at the moment.”  —  During an interview about his latest film “Hereafter,” …
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell is Dems' favorite target  —  Christine O'Donnell is only on one state's ballot this year, but it would be easy for voters elsewhere to think otherwise.  Democrats in some of the nation's most competitive Senate races are invoking the Delaware Republican Senate nominee's name almost …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Reuters
Fhardingj / CNN:
Obama heading to four key states, including Illinois, final weekend
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill, The Politico and The Note
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.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Cyber Attack Strikes FreedomWorks  —  A mysterious cyber attack apparently struck the computer servers at the pro-tea party group FreedomWorks this morning, just as it launched a major fund-raising drive.  —  FreedomWorks officials are investigating, but they suspect they were attacked deliberately …
Fox News:
A Brief History of NPR's Intolerance and Imbalance  —  From calling Tea Party members “Tea Baggers,” to saying that “the evaporation of 4 million” Christians would leave the world a better place, to suggesting that God could give former Sen. Jesse Helms or his family AIDS from a blood transfusion …
Discussion: blogs
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Jerry Brown Equates Meg Whitman With Arnold Schwarzenegger …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Jerome Taylor / The Independent:
Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims
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Andrew Lawton / Strictly Right:
BREAKING: Conference facility caves to pressure from Islamic groups …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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David Holthouse / Anchorage Press:
Duking it out - While Joe Miller declares war on the media …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates
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