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2:30 PM ET, January 22, 2011

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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann Leaves ‘Countdown’ on MSNBC  —  Updated Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.  —  The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time …
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Keith Olbermann Quits Countdown  —  MSNBC's liberal crusader abruptly resigned on air tonight, ending a provocative eight-year run.  Howard Kurtz on Olbermann's career highlights and his clashes with network brass.  —  The cable channel confirmed his unexpected departure as Olbermann …
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
So Why Did MSNBC Just Dump Keith Olbermann?  Hint: COMCAST  —  Okay.  Wow.  That was shocking.  —  But now that we've had a few minutes to contemplate a MSNBC world without Olbermann let's indulge in some speculation.  —  Why now?  —  Bill Carter reports at the NYT that Olbermann …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Why Keith Olbermann Is Out (Update)  —  Sources tell Mediaite Keith Olbermann and MSNBC were headed for a breakup long before Comcast's rise to power, but clearly something set the divorce into motion quickly today, with network promos set to run touting Olbermann's role in MSNBC's coverage …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC, Olbermann Call It Quits, Cancel Show  —  Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced it had agreed to end his contract and the last installment of his show would air that evening.  —  The surprise announcement strips MSNBC …
Discussion: No Left Turns, Doug Ross and Speakeasy
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Keith Olbermann gives abrupt goodbye to MSNBC show
Discussion: Moonbattery
Richard Adams / Guardian:
NBC sacks Keith Olberman
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Keith Olbermann out at MSNBC, last broadcast tonight
Discussion: The Impolitic and A+E Interactive
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Coincidence?  Keith Olbermann Departs MSNBC Day After FCC Approves Comcast Takeover
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”; Update …
The Politico:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways
Discussion: CNN and Pajamas Media
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
MSNBC and anchor Keith Olbermann abruptly part ways
Discussion: TMZ.com and Informed Comment
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats  —  On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists.  Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN BECK'S MINIONS GET THE MESSAGE.... Glenn Beck doesn't just rail against perceived enemies, whom he considers dangerous villains who must be stopped; he also chooses obscure enemies he considers worthy of his rage.  —  It's one of the many oddities of Beck's bizarre message.
Big Journalism:
Washington Post Organizes News Boycott of Sarah Palin; Starts Twitter Campaign Against GOP Star  —  The Washington Post is engaging in online political activism by encouraging its readers to boycott news coverage of Sarah Palin.  —  The Post has picked up the call initiated this morning …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Push New Spending  —  State of Union Speech to Call for Boosting ‘Competitiveness’ While Nodding to Need for Budget Cuts  —  President Barack Obama and GE's Jeffrey Immelt, left, with plant manager Kevin Sharkey, visited a GE factory Friday to talk about green jobs.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Security!”
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
First in nation, last with Sarah Palin  —  If Sarah Palin decides to run for president, she could quickly find that it's not Arizona, but New Hampshire that poses the bigger threat to her candidacy.  —  That's because in all of her travels since the 2008 election - during the midterm campaign …
CNN:
Former U.S. lawmaker assisting Duvalier  —  Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — A former U.S. congressman was among a group of American attorneys accompanying former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier as he spoke in the country's capital Friday.  —  Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr …
Paul Krugman:
“Competitiveness”  —  Sigh.  So it appears that President Obama is going to make “competitiveness” his main economic theme.  To be fair, he could (and may well) do worse.  But this is hackneyed stuff, and involves a fundamental misconception about the nature of our economic problems.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Who's your seat buddy?  Congress pairs off for State of the Union unity display  —  Dozens of lawmakers are getting a second dose of high school as they venture across the aisle and ask colleagues to sit with them for President Obama's State of the Union address next week.
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts  —  (CNN) — Iranian authorities have ordered a ban on women from watching live broadcasts of soccer matches at public movie theaters, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.  —  A state police agency that monitors Iranian businesses called …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Iran Nuclear Talks Close With No Progress  —  ISTANBUL — Two days of talks between Iran and six world powers ended in failure on Saturday, with Iran refusing to engage on any concrete proposals to build confidence that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes and with no date set for another meeting.
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
 
 
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Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Bachmann impresses some top Iowa Republicans
Discussion: CNN, Derek Wallbank and Raw Story
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Chomsky: November's Republican takeover of Congress ‘a death knell for the species’
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Police consider graffiti about killing Jerry Brown a 'terrorist …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Week of Speaking Pleasantly
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Politico:
President Obama pressured to keep energy focus in SOTU address
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org blogs:
MSNBC: Rep. Cohen Compares Mike Pence to Goebbels, No Challenge From Ed Schultz
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama: Hu meeting showed he's ‘serious’ about fighting for jobs
Discussion: The Politico
James Horney / Off the Charts Blog:
House GOP Group Would Decimate Key Services
Discussion: Daily Kos
A. Barton Hinkle / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Civility is nice; nonviolence is even better
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie-Freddie Report Likely to Be Late
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi issues rallying call
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Stuxnet: Cyber attack on Iran ‘was carried out by Western powers and Israel’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Argus Leader:
(2 of 2)  —  “Just me, personally, I think the window is closing,” he said.
Discussion: FrumForum