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6:10 PM ET, January 22, 2011

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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann's MSNBC Exit Was Weeks in the Making  —  On Thursday, NBC's news division staged an elaborate presentation for advertisers, seeking to sell commercial time in NBC's news programs over the next year.  All the members of MSNBC's prime-time lineup spoke at the lunch with one exception …
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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
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 …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Keith Olbermann Quits Countdown
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC, Olbermann Call It Quits, Cancel Show
Discussion: No Left Turns, Speakeasy and Doug Ross
Richard Adams / Guardian:
NBC sacks Keith Olberman
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
MSNBC and anchor Keith Olbermann abruptly part ways
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 …
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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
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 held at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.  —  Nearly 500 republicans were eligible to vote, and 273 of them cast ballots.
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 …
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 …
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: Don Surber and Conservatives4Palin
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!”
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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Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Obama on Abortion Ruling Anniversary: Government ‘Should Not Intrude’ … On the 38th annivesary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, President Obama said Saturday said he is committed to protecting what he considers a fundamental principle: “government should not intrude on private family maters.”
 
 
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
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Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts
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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
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