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11:30 PM ET, January 21, 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”; Update: Settled contract with MSNBC “late this week”; Update: “Stealth move”  —  Why?  No idea.  There was no inkling of it on Google News earlier today.  It sounds from the clip like he was let go, but he signed a four-year contract extension …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Keith Olbermann out at MSNBC, last broadcast tonight  —  From A+EInteractive: … More as we get it.  —  UPDATE: We've now posted Olbermann's thoughtful and well-done farewell.  Transcript below:  —  I think the same fantasy popped into the head of everybody in my business …
The Politico:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways  —  Keith Olbermann took an unexpected bow from MSNBC on Friday, announcing on air in the last 10 minutes of his show that it would be his final episode of “Countdown.”  —  The mutually agreed-upon departure was a stealth move, MSNBC insiders told POLITICO …
Discussion: CNN and Pajamas Media
Cbarney / A+E Interactive:
Olbermann out at MSNBC  —  In a stunning late development, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann has been ousted by the cable news channel.  And he's gone without much of an explanation.  —  MSNBC just released this terse statement: … MSNBC announced that “The Last Word” with Lawrence O'Donnell would replace …
Egrinberg / This Just In:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways  —  Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC, the “Countdown” host announced on his show Friday night.  —  The liberal commentator told viewers he had been informed “this was going to be the last edition” of his show, but offered no further details.
Discussion: and Atlas Shrugs
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC, Final ‘Countdown’ Broadcast Is Tonight  —  via press release:  —  STATEMENT REGARDING KEITH OLBERMANN  —  MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.  The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney keeps away from Tea Party  —  Possible presidential contender isn't courting activists  —  Tea Party activists in New Hampshire say the former Massachusetts governor has been largely inaccessible to them.  (Mary Schwalm/Associated Press)  —  WASHINGTON — New Hampshire Tea Party …
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tea party favorites skip Senate caucus
Discussion: FrumForum
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Presidential buzz surrounds Bachmann
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Note
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New Hampshire GOP faces Tea Party takeover
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A rival SOTU response  —  The Tea Party Express emails supporters that Rep. Michelle Bachmann — passed over for a leadership spot, much less the response to the State of the Union — will deliver her own response:  —  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has confirmed with us that she will broadcast …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
I'm declaring February a Palin-free month.  Join me!  —  Though it is embarrassing to admit this in public, I can no longer hide the truth.  I have a Sarah Palin problem.  —  I have written about her in 42 columns since Sen. John McCain picked her as his presidential running mate in 2008.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012?  —  (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.  —  In an interview on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Giuliani, who dropped out of the 2008 Republican presidential primary …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rudy and Palin  —  Piers Morgan just tweeted a preview …
Discussion: Swampland and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee ahead nationally
Discussion: Politics Daily, Fox News, CNN and GOP 12
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DeMint joins CPAC boycott  —  South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint will skip this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, making him the most prominent conservative figure yet to express objections to what critics see as a pro-gay, libertarian tilt to the 38-year old event.
Jparkercbs / CBS San Francisco:
Oakland 2nd Graders Reportedly Engage In Sex Acts, Teacher Suspended  —  OAKLAND (CBS 5) — A teacher at Oakland's Markham Elementary School has been suspended indefinitely after school officials said a pair of second-graders performed sex acts on each other in class - with the teacher present.
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Broun: Mixed Seating At SOTU Is “A Trap” To “Silence Republicans” When “Barack Obama Spews Out All His Venom”  —  1 hour and 16 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  The tragic shootings in Tucson prompted calls for civility from politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Mark Udall's …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Free Market Health Care  —  Rep Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sings the praises of the healthcare status quo and explains the problems with a government takeover of the health care system: … Hensarling is 53 years old, so his mother is, of course, eligible for Medicare.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi issues rallying call  —  Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) - Trumpeting the American dream-theme “Make it in America,” House Democrats gathered for their annual retreat Friday to focus on fulfilling the pledge that Democrats will make it back in 2012.  —  In a press conference following …
Discussion: The Politico
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Joe Biden reaches out to House Democrats at retreat
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Hersh rebuked on ‘crusaders’  —  Legendary journalist Seymour Hersh has uncovered some sinister conspiracies during his long career, but his latest revelation is drawing some puzzled reactions and angry denunciations.  —  In a speech this week in Doha, Qatar, Hersh advanced the notion …
Jeff Schogol / Stars & Stripes:
McChrystal denies claims of secret military crusade against Islam
Discussion: Raw Story and Jihad Watch
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Murkowski questions approach to health repeal  —  Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday cast doubt on the manner in which Republicans have attempted to repeal the healthcare law.  —  Murkowski (Alaska) said that she would vote to repeal the law if a vote was held in the Senate …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie-Freddie Report Likely to Be Late  —  The Obama administration is likely to miss a deadline for issuing a long-awaited report about the future of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and what might replace them.  —  The Dodd-Frank law enacted last year to overhaul financial-industry regulations …
Michael M. Gleeson / The Hill:
Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union  —  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito face a difficult choice on whether to attend President Obama's State of the Union address next week.  —  Alito and Roberts, who were both nominated …
Discussion: The Note and Prairie Weather
Jim Tankersley /
The Phantom 15 Million  —  Taming unemployment starts with solving the mystery of the jobs that were supposed to have been created in the past 10 years but weren't.  —  Anxious: Job seekers in Denver.  —  America's jobs crisis began a decade ago.  Long before the housing bubble burst …
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Newt Gingrich tells Georgia Republicans he'll be a candidate in '12  —  In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base …
Chris Murphy /
‘Steampunk Palin’ Comic More Insane Than You Imagined  —  Picture in your mind the most insane possible story that could be contained in a book named Steampunk Palin.  Go ahead, take ten seconds or so to imagine it perfectly in your mind's eye.  Use this cover image for help.  —  Got it?  Good.
Discussion: Boing Boing and
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
You Think Houses Are a Slow Sell?  Try a Yacht  —  What is tougher than having one sleek mega-yacht for sale in a glutted market?  The answer, for the moment at least, is having two mega-yachts on the market.  —  In boom times, yacht enthusiasts would order a new dream boat and keep …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
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Washington Post:
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Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Obama Plans $42 Billion Cut in Iraq, Afghanistan War Costs as Troops Leave
Discussion: Danger Room and Raw Story
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