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3:10 AM ET, January 23, 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
The Wrap:
Did Keith Olbermann Bolt MSNBC to Create Media Empire?  —  It was Keith Olbermann's decision to leave his high-profile perch at MSNBC, TheWrap has learned.  The outspoken host abruptly announced his departure on Friday evening, sending shock waves through the cable news 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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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 …
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
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Andrew Cohen / Politics Daily:
United States v. Loughner: The Decision About The Death Penalty … In United States v. Jared Lee Loughner, the federal case against the Tucson shooting suspect, the action now shifts from public disclosures about what happened at the Safeway supermarket on Jan. 8 to private conversations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies.  —  Over the past two years …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Booman Tribune
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
Agence France Presse:
US drone strike ‘kills four militants in Pakistan’  —  MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack killed at least four militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district on Sunday, officials said.  —  “The US drone hit a car immediately after it parked outside a house.
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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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Fatal hit-and-run accident leads to mob beating
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines
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RADAR:
Joan Rivers Calls Michelle Obama ‘Blackie O’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and PopEater
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
Secretary of State plans to moonlight with old firm
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Obama on Abortion Ruling Anniversary: Government ‘Should Not Intrude’
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and theblogprof
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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
CNN:
Former U.S. lawmaker assisting Duvalier