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10:40 AM 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”; Update: Settled contract with MSNBC “late this week”; Update: “Stealth move”; Update: Real reason revealed?  —  Why?  No idea.  There was no inkling of it on Google News earlier today.  It sounds from the clip like he was let go …
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
Richard Adams / Guardian:
NBC sacks Keith Olberman  —  Keith Olbermann, the controversial MSNBC cable news host, has his contract abruptly terminated by parent company NBC  —  Keith Olbermann, the liberal, outspoken anchor of MSNBC's Countdown show, had his contract dramatically terminated by the US cable news network's parent company NBC on Friday night.
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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Coincidence?  Keith Olbermann Departs MSNBC The Day After The FCC Approves Comcast Takeover  —  Shockwaves were felt through the cable news world late Friday night when word broke that Keith Olbermann and MSNBC would suddenly be parting ways.  In some ways this news wasn't terribly surprising …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and News Hounds
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 …
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 …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Keith Olbermann gives abrupt goodbye to MSNBC show  —  NEW YORK - Keith Olbermann was MSNBC's most popular personality and single-handedly led its transformation to an outspoken, left-leaning cable news network in prime time.  Despite that, he often seemed to be walking on a tightrope with his job.
Discussion: Moonbattery
msnbc.com:
Olbermann signs off msnbc
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
MSNBC and anchor Keith Olbermann abruptly part ways
Discussion: Informed Comment
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
BREAKING: Keith Olbermann Announces Tonight's Countdown As His Last Show
Discussion: Nice Deb
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC, Final ‘Countdown’ Broadcast Is Tonight
Egrinberg / This Just In:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Atlas Shrugs
Cbarney / A+E Interactive:   Olbermann out at MSNBC  —  In a stunning late development …
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 …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
First in nation, last with Sarah Palin
Discussion: CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012?
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
I'm declaring February a Palin-free month. Join me!
Chris Murphy / ComicsAlliance.com:
‘Steampunk Palin’ Comic More Insane Than You Imagined
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Boing Boing
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.
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.
A. Barton Hinkle / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Civility is nice; nonviolence is even better  —  The frenzy surrounding Jared Loughner's rampage in Tucson this month has finally died down.  As tempers cool, perhaps distance could turn reflection toward some bigger questions.  Many Republicans and Democrats have lamented the frequency of violent rhetoric in politics.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Who's your seat buddy?  Congress pairs off for State of the Union  —  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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The Politico:
President Obama pressured to keep energy focus in SOTU address  —  In two previous big speeches on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama planted global warming and energy near the top of his agenda, prodding lawmakers to get moving despite reservations about the sour economy.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Wonkette
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Week of Speaking Pleasantly  —  Congress really has been looking a little more civil.  Not quite Athens in the age of Pericles, but it's very possible that this year we'll get through the State of the Union address without anybody jumping up to scream insults at the president.  —  Going for baby steps.
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Horney / Off the Charts Blog:
House GOP Group Would Decimate Key Services  —  The new proposal of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) to cut and then freeze non-defense discretionary spending at 2006 levels from 2012 through 2021 would mean cuts of more than 40 percent in education, environmental protection …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Police consider graffiti about killing Jerry Brown a 'terrorist …
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Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org blogs:
MSNBC: Rep. Cohen Compares Mike Pence to Goebbels, No Challenge From Ed Schultz
Discussion: Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama: Hu meeting showed he's ‘serious’ about fighting for jobs
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Security!”
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie-Freddie Report Likely to Be Late
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi issues rallying call
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Stuxnet: Cyber attack on Iran ‘was carried out by Western powers and Israel’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tea party favorites skip Senate caucus
Discussion: The Note, CNN, FrumForum and The Impolitic
Argus Leader:
(2 of 2)  —  “Just me, personally, I think the window is closing,” he said.
Discussion: FrumForum
Michael M. Gleeson / The Hill:
Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union
Discussion: The Note and Prairie Weather