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1:20 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
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
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:
Keith Olbermann abruptly dropped by NBC |  Richard Adams  —  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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Raw Story
Olbermann signs off msnbc  —  ‘Countdown’ over as commentator, cable news channel end contract  —  Below:  —  on -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv  — staff and news service reports
Discussion: Verum Serum
Cbarney / A+E Interactive:
Olbermann out at MSNBC  —  In a stunning late development …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
BREAKING: Keith Olbermann Announces Tonight's Countdown As His Last Show
Discussion: Nice Deb
Egrinberg / This Just In:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC part ways
Discussion: and Atlas Shrugs
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC, Final ‘Countdown’ Broadcast Is Tonight
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.
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.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tea party favorites skip Senate caucus  —  With less than a week to go before its first meeting, the new Senate Tea Party Caucus has just three members: GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah.  —  The three will headline the first meeting Jan. 27 …
Discussion: FrumForum
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Presidential buzz surrounds Bachmann
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Note
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New Hampshire GOP faces Tea Party takeover
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
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.
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
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
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.
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: Jihad Watch and Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE NICER TO MURKOWSKI.... Last month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the tax deal, the DREAM Act, and New START ratification.  —  Fortunately, it appears the Alaska senator …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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: and Boing Boing
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
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
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
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 …
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
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Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Danger Room
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