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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stories to Watch: 1/22/11

The big story from last night; Olbermann's out at MSNBC, effective the signoff of his final show. Here's that signoff:

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There's been some noise that Keith's been ousted because of the Comcast merger, but this strikes me as maybe not so true (a suspicion backed up here). MSNBC still has Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Ed Schultz, so the idea that Olbermann was "too liberal" for his new corporate masters seems to hit kind of a false note -- if I were looking for people who were dangerous to the corporate bottom-line, I'd be a lot more worried about Rachel Maddow's investigative bent. Check out Steve Benen's take on the whole thing here. If that's not enough, there's just boatloads of commentary here. As I said, it's the big story.

Speaking of "dangerous" cable hosts, let's take off the quotation marks. Glenn Beck is dangerous. Sooner or later, this bastard is going to get someone killed.

The right goes from asking why lefties are so "obsessed" with Sarah Palin to asking why the left is refusing to cover Sarah Palin. Make up your freakin' minds, people.

Former GOP congress critter Bob Barr loves him some "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Republicans -- authoritarians at their core -- just can't get enough of monsters.

The governments of states across the nation have become a lot more anti-abortion-rights recently, which never works out well for the GOP in the end. Nothing brings out the crazy like abortion. You thought the 'baggers were crazy? You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Finally, when you see them laid out graphically, the shift in Obama approvals looks pretty radical.
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