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9:40 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 …
Deadline.com:
NEW DETAILS: “MSNBC And Keith Olbermann Have Ended Their Contract”; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn?  —  2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: An MSNBC insider told this to Deadline today about Keith Olbermann's departure Friday: … Rachel Maddow & Bill Maher React To Keith Olbermann's Ouster
New York Post:
MSNBC pulls plug on gasbag Olbermann  —  Broadcast blowhard Keith Olbermann's countdown has finally come to an end.  —  The liberal lip of MSNBC was unceremoniously dumped by the peacock network last night in a major shakeup that set tongues wagging across the broadcast world.
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
James Pindell / 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.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Tea Party Activist Takes Over New Hampshire G.O.P.
John / Power Line:
The Left's Tucson Strategy: Stage Two  —  The Left's attempt to link the Tucson shootings to angry rhetoric (not theirs, of course) was stage one of a broader strategy—what both military men and political strategists refer to as preparing the battlefield.  The movement to feign nonpartisanship …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats
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
Mwarren / Weekly Standard:
The Decline of the Justice Department  —  Mukasey's verdict on Holder.  —  Former attorney general Michael Mukasey is not prone to hyperbole.  He's a former federal judge, a meticulous lawyer, and, as he proved in succeeding Alberto Gonzales, a skilled administrator who restored morale …
Discussion: Power Line and Pajamas Media
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.
RADAR:
Joan Rivers Calls Michelle Obama ‘Blackie O’  —  Comedienne Joan Rivers revealed she once ditched a joke about First Lady Michelle Obama from her stand-up routine - because she feared she'd be accused of racism.  —  Recalling the wisecrack to shock Jock Howard Stern, the comedy legend said …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and PopEater
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 …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines  —  The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Good News!!  “Islams Useful Idiots” Planned Rally/March In NY & SF April 9th, 2011  —  Apparently, Muslim training summit[link - MuslimMediaNetwork/Muslim Observer] held on the 8th of this month prepares them to partake in a rally with their useful idiots[ post] … And this
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
Secretary of State plans to moonlight with old firm  —  Less than two weeks on the job, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says the $68,500 a year salary doesn't pay enough.  —  That's why Gessler, a Republican, says he is going to be moonlighting as a lawyer for his old law firm …
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.”
Discussion: theblogprof and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is support for repeal vastly overstated?
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
No Progress as Iran Nuclear Talks End
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live broadcasts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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: Scared Monkeys and 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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Security!”