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8:55 PM ET, November 5, 2010

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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Keith Olbermann suspended after donating to Democrats  —  MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.  —  MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement Friday …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Keep Keith!  —  On Olbermann's unjust suspension.  —  MSNBC's suspension of Keith Olbermann is ludicrous.  —  Second, he's not a reporter.  It's an opinion show.  If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.  —  Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Indefinitely  —  Blowback to the political donation is immediate, and shocking.  —  Statement from Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC: … More coming, obviously.  —  Ok, let's decompress.  First of all, “indefinitely” is David Shuster language.
John Cook / Gawker:
Olbermann 'Doesn't Answer' to NBC News Standards  —  MSNBC chief Phil Griffin suspended Keith Olbermann today for violating “NBC News policy and standards” by donating to three Democratic congressional candidates last month.  But according to an NBC News source, MSNBCers have been exempt from those rules for years.
The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann SUSPENDED From MSNBC Indefinitely Without Pay  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.  —  “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Keith Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC  —  Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for making donations to three Democrats in violation of NBC's ethics policy.  —  “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement.
Michelle Malkin:
Support Olbermann?  No freaking way; Poll added  —  As you all know, that mashed-up bag of gas with pancake make-up on it Keith Olbermann has been “suspended indefinitely” by MSNBC for making and failing to disclose political contributions to three Democrats — including open-borders Democrat …
Discussion: The Politico
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Olbermann's Replacement?  Wait for It...  Chris Hayes, tapped Friday by MSNBC to fill in for the indefinitely suspended Keith Olbermann as host of the prime-time political show “Countdown,” gave money to two Democratic campaigns in recent years.  Now, following that disclosure, MSNBC says Mr. Hayes won't get the gig after all.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OLBERMANN'S CHECKBOOK....  [Update: there's an important follow-up to this story]
Kos / Daily Kos:
Olbermann suspended by MSNBC
Mike Allen / The Politico:
$250k ‘dead’ as tax-cut tier …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
MSNBC to Sub-In for Olbermann With Nation Editor Chris Hayes …
Discussion: Salon, Focal Point and Mediaite
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC Indefinitely
Discussion: Moonbattery
Atrios / Eschaton:
And Buchanan?  —  So Olbermann is suspended for making political contributions.
Discussion: The Plum Line, TPMDC and Salon
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
MSNBC suspends Olbermann over political contributions
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Gateway Pundit
Reuters:
Power play: Pelosi's work ‘not finished’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to stay in power as minority leader after losing 60 seats and control of the House — a stunning announcement that sets up combat between her two top lieutenants.  —  Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the majority leader …
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The Hill:
Dems split over Pelosi bid for minority leader  —  Battle lines are emerging in the House Democratic Caucus over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) possible bid to stay on as the minority leader.  —  Liberal Democrats are mobilizing in support of Pelosi remaining at the head of the party …
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
If the Tea Party Prefers Bachmann to Hensarling, What Good Is It?  —  The New York Times reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a “Tea Party heroine,” plans to challenge Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) for the post of GOP conference chair, the fourth-highest House leadership position, in the new Congress.
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Jackson Baker / Memphis Flyer:
Corker , on Mission to Reform Spending, Responds to Being on Tea Party Purge List
Discussion: The Hill
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
House GOP walking fine line with Tea Party in effort to keep Bachmann …
William Easterly / Aid Watch:
David Brooks illustrates how clueless Easterners can be without local knowledge about My Midwest  —  A frequent theme in this blog is the importance of local knowledge for development.  David Brooks helpfully illustrated in his column today on my home region the Midwest.
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Mark Davis / The Age:
Murdoch reveals ‘arrogant’ Obama  —  TWO generations ago, Rupert Murdoch bowed to pressure from the White House to suppress the biggest story of his life - that the American president John F. Kennedy was indifferent to the political fate of Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Happened to Prop 19  —  Why did the Pot Legalization proposition go down to defeat in California?  —  ed.note: A lot of people on both sides of the Prop 19 issue have written in with various points about Prop 19 but usually assuming that I personally supported it.  I hadn't really focused on it much, honestly.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Josh Marshall And The Weed
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Americans Vote for Maturity  —  Obama gets a rebuke, but so do Republicans who seem unqualified.  —  'The people have spoken, the bastards.  " That would be how Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill are feeling.  The last two years of their leadership have been rebuffed.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
USN&WR: ‘December issue will be our last printed monthly sent to subscribers’  —  Memo to US News & World Report employees  —  RE: Completing Our Shift to the Digital World  —  Colleagues, We're finally ready to complete our transition to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues.
Reuters:
Clinton rules out a presidential run through 2016  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.  —  In interviews in New Zealand …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Confluence
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
‘Hillary voters’ abandon Democrats
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Rasmussen Polls Were Biased and Inaccurate; Quinnipiac, SurveyUSA Performed Strongly  —  Every election cycle has its winners and losers: not just the among the candidates, but also the pollsters.  —  On Tuesday, polls conducted by the firm Rasmussen Reports — which released more than 100 surveys …
The Politico:
The ego factor: Can Obama change?  —  In the anthology of Barack Obama quotations, one of the classics came just hours before the event that made him the hottest property in American politics.  —  As Obama walked toward the arena at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
January Would Be a Great Time for Democrats to Eliminate the Filibuster.  —  Joe Biden looks like Sam the Eagle.  —  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has a new poll showing that 64 percent of voters oppose the filibuster.  While it strikes me as one of those polls that miraculously finds …
Discussion: TPMDC, Yglesias and ThinkProgress
 
 
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