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5:00 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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TMZ.com:
Keith Olbermann's Exit — Secret Deal  —  Keith Olbermann saw the handwriting on the wall with the new owner of NBC and cut a deal for his exit that will give him money and options — sources tell TMZ.  —  Here's how it went down.  Sources familiar with the situation tell us …
Discussion: Epicenter and YID With LID
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 …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann's MSNBC Exit Was Weeks in the Making
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC, Olbermann Call It Quits, Cancel Show
Discussion: No Left Turns, Doug Ross and Speakeasy
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Keith Olbermann gives abrupt goodbye to MSNBC show
Discussion: Moonbattery and FrumForum
Richard Adams / Guardian:
NBC sacks Keith Olberman
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Coincidence?  Keith Olbermann Departs MSNBC Day After FCC Approves Comcast Takeover
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
MSNBC and anchor Keith Olbermann abruptly part ways
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 …
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney wins N.H. GOP straw poll  —  DERRY, N.H. - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the first presidential straw poll of the 2012 cycle, kicking off New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary election race.  —  Romney won with 35 percent, beating second-place finisher Ron Paul …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
The Note:
Romney Wins New Hampshire Republican Party Committee Straw Poll  —  ABC News Political Director Amy Walter reports:  —  In the first ever “straw poll” of New Hampshire Republican party committee members sponsored by ABC News and WMUR and sanctioned by the state Republican party …
Discussion: TPMDC, Taegan Goddard's … and CNN
Dhurlburt / WMUR Political Scoop:
Results: WMUR, ABC News, NH GOP 2012 Straw Poll  —  Here are the results from the WMUR, ABC News, NH GOP 2012 Straw Poll that was conducted today at the NH GOP annual meeting.  Full analysis of these results is upcoming.  —  1  —  Mitt Romney  —  Former Massachusetts Governor  —  35%  —  2
Discussion: The Fix, The Hill and TPMDC
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Security!”
Discussion: The Impolitic and AMERICAblog News
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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Mike Stopa / Boston Globe:
The reality of death panels  —  ObamaCare's end-of-life planning comes down to economics  —  SUPPORTERS OF President Obama's health care reform law have relentlessly derided Sarah Palin's notion of “death panels” as a vulgar rhetorical technique, with no basis in reality …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and Don Surber
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Iran Nuke Talks End With No Progress
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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:
Obama urged to focus on energy
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama: Hu meeting showed he's ‘serious’ about fighting for jobs
Discussion: The Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Who's your seat buddy?  Congress pairs off for State of the Union unity display
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