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3:20 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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”; Update …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Keith Olbermann out at MSNBC, last broadcast tonight
Discussion: The Impolitic
The Politico:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways
Discussion: CNN and Pajamas Media
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
MSNBC and anchor Keith Olbermann abruptly part ways
Discussion: TMZ.com and Informed Comment
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 …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Push New Spending  —  State of Union Speech to Call for Boosting ‘Competitiveness’ While Nodding to Need for Budget Cuts  —  President Barack Obama and GE's Jeffrey Immelt, left, with plant manager Kevin Sharkey, visited a GE factory Friday to talk about green jobs.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Security!”
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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Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Bachmann impresses some top Iowa Republicans  —  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann received strong reviews from some top Iowa Republicans tonight but left them guessing about her intentions for the 2012 presidential race.  —  I live-tweeted her remarks.  There's also Register coverage at Iowa Politics Insider.
Discussion: CNN, Cubachi, Derek Wallbank and Raw Story
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Who's your seat buddy?  Congress pairs off for State of the Union unity display  —  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.
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts  —  (CNN) — Iranian authorities have ordered a ban on women from watching live broadcasts of soccer matches at public movie theaters, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.  —  A state police agency that monitors Iranian businesses called …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Iran Nuclear Talks Close With No Progress
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
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:
President Obama pressured to keep energy focus in SOTU address
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi issues rallying call
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill