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Juan Williams Fired Over Comments


According to National Public Radio’s David Folkenflik,

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 Monday on The O’Reilly Factor, and host Bill O’Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims.

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An Interesting Case AGAINST Judge Sotomayor


Now is not the time to render judgment…so let me start this entry by rendering judgment:) As the nomination process unfolds for a new Supreme Court Justice, I know from my experience in the Senate and in working on Justice Souter’s confirmation hearing just how important certain qualities are. Intellectual curiosity, empathy and innate political skills — the ability to move votes — to work justices behind the scenes, to negotiate — are three qualities that need be prized in the next justice. There’s no doubt that whoever rises to the top will have the requisite legal credentials. But would you run the risk of compromising the aformentioned qualities in order to meet a quota? Or, given a choice, would you select someone who better fits this criteria who maybe didn’t fit a politically-driven quota, like, oh I don’t know, former Senator George Mitchell? or maybe even former Vice President Al Gore?  To better understand my point, a point I made in our most recent Podcast, you can read this excellent article from NPR.org by Jeffrey Rosen — a brilliant writer and legal scholar…