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2:35 AM ET, March 31, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Current TV Dismisses Keith Olbermann  —  5:13 p.m. |  Updated Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.
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Keith Olbermann / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  My full statement:  —  I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.  —  Editorially, Countdown had never been better.  But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally …
Current TV:
Open letter to the viewers of Current  —  To the Viewers of Current:  —  We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Olbermann out, Spitzer in on Current TV  —  Current TV has terminated its relationship with Keith Olbermann and will replace his show with a program hosted by Eliot Spitzer.  —  The complete memo:
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann, Replaces Him With Spitzer Immediately, Olbermann to Sue  —  The New York Times' Brian Stelter breaks the news that Current TV has let go Keith Olbermann, and will replace him starting tonight with Eliot Spitzer, denying Olbermann to give a send-off or special comment to his viewers.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Olbermann Fired From Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann (photo: WEBN-TV/flickr)  —  Less than a year after he returned to television with an equity stake in the broadcaster, Keith Olbermann has flamed out again.  He has been terminated by Current TV, effective immediately.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Current TV fires Keith Olbermann
Discussion: Wonkette and americanthinker.com
Robert Shrum / The Week:
Will a Tea Party Supreme Court guarantee Obama a second term?  —  The court's conservative wing appears ready to engage in some despicable judicial activism on ObamaCare.  Politically, at least, the justices are doing Obama a favor  —  Recall the scorn toward health reform dripping from the lips of Injustice Antonin Scalia.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Supreme Court May Be Most Conservative in Modern History
Discussion: Ezra Klein
CNN:
Obama: ‘Change is the health care reform we passed’
Discussion: Politico
host.madison.com:
Federal court strikes down parts of collective bargaining law  —  MORE (2)  —  A federal judge on Friday upheld most of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law, but struck down key parts of it by ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions …
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Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Federal court strikes down parts of union law
Discussion: Althouse
Scott Walker / CNN:
Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
IRS not investigating Nikki Haley for tax fraud  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's office Friday provided IRS documentation that she is not facing investigation for tax fraud, calling accusations that she was “totally contrived.”  —  Haley denied the rumors of a looming tax indictment on Thursday.
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Cynthia McFadden / ABCNEWS:
No IRS Investigation into SC Governor Nikki Haley
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Wall Street Thinks It Knows the Future of Obamacare—Why?  —  Nobody except Justice Anthony Kennedy knows what will happen to Obamacare.  But Wall Street, whose predictive powers are dubious, thinks it does.  The proof is in the healthcare stocks.  —  The below chart shows Aetna's stock price the past week.
Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Unpaid bloggers' lawsuit vs Huffington Post tossed  —  AOL Inc on Friday won the dismissal of a lawsuit by unpaid bloggers who complained they were deprived of their fair share of the roughly $315 million that the company paid last March to buy The Huffington Post website.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney campaign: Release all transcripts of all meetings with foreign leaders  —  Via National Journal, the Mitt Romney campaign ratchets up the transparency game in a novel direction, in response to a call for Romney to release decades' worth of tax returns:
Discussion: CNN
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Willful Ignorance  —  This, from YouGov, tells you everything you need to know about contemporary race relations in a single, compact chart:  —  For 66 percent of white Americans to agree with this statement—"Irish, Italian, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up.
Curtis Dubay / The Heritage Foundation:
No Fooling: U.S. Now Has Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the World  —  This April Fool's Day, the joke is on all of us.  That's because as of April 1, the U.S. now has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world.  —  Our high corporate tax rate has long made the U.S. an uncompetitive place for new investment.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's PAC Funded Anti-Gay Marriage Group Under The Radar … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Video, Mitt Romney Gay, Election 2012, Free And Strong America, Marriage Romney, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Gay Marriage, Romney Gay Marriage, Romney Gay Marriage Funding …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dem treasurer admits stealing $7M  —  Kinde Durkee, once a trusted treasurer to dozens of California Democrats, pleaded guilty in the biggest campaign embezzlement case ever to hit U.S. politics.  —  In a federal court in Sacramento, Durkee admitted to stealing more than $7 million …
Discussion: CNN
Terry / CNSNews:
Justice Breyer on Obamacare: 'I Haven't Read Every Word of That, I Promise'  —  (CNSNews.com) - In oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice Stephen Breyer “promised” he had not read the entirety of the 2,700-page health-care legislation the court was examining.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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The Huffington Post:
General Motors Decides Climate Change Is Real, Pulls Support From Heartland Institute … FOLLOW:  —  Climate Change, Cars, Cars, Cars, Heartland Institute, Dan Akerson, Daniel Souweine, Forecast The Future, Heartland Institute Leaked Documents, Business News
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It's A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update]  —  This app is meant to all be in good fun, but it's potentially a weapon in the hands of stalkers.  —  “Boy, you sure have a lot of apps on your phone.”  —  “Well, it's my job.”
Andrew Stuttaford / National Review:
Ever Closer Union  —  On the day that the Eurozone's leadership announces that it has blended its old bailout fund (the European Financial Stability Facility) with what was originally intended to be its replacement (the European Stability Mechanism) to build a bigger, better emergency stash amounting to¸ …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
MSNBC, the Faux News Network [Updated With MSNBC's Response]  —  Liberals have been feverishly attacking Fox News for years now, irate that the Left's monopoly on television news outlets has been broken.  Conservatives, on the other hand, have tended to ignore MSNBC, even though that network …
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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