Dayens News Roundup from April 2, 2012

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s new’s roundup from Monday, April 2, 2012, including stories about the Affordable Care Act, President Obama, Supreme Court, Paul Ryan, student loan debt, Eurozone, State AGs, housing market, Bill Clinton, Thomas Frank, Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin and more.


Olbermann Fired From Current TV

By: Friday March 30, 2012 2:52 pm

Less than a year after he returned to television with an equity stake in the broadcaster, Keith Olbermann has flamed out again. He has been terminated by Current TV, effective immediately. His 8pm flagship show will be replaced starting tonight by former CNN host and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

84-Year Old Woman Tells Her Story of Being Pepper Sprayed, Saved by Veteran at Occupy Seattle Protest

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 9:40 am

Dorli Rainey, 84, was on her way to what she calls a “boring” Transportation Meeting when she saw helicopters flying around. She thought they were out for a nearby Occupy Seattle action and headed to the scene. Rainey joined Occupy Seattle for a demonstration and ended up being pepper-sprayed.

She appeared on “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann last night and told her story.

Navy Veteran Who Became an FBI Informant Discusses Why He’s Suing Rumsfeld for Torture (VIDEO)

By: Saturday August 6, 2011 5:00 pm

Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for almost 100 days.

Olbermann to Join Current TV

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 7:56 am

FDL News can confirm that, in a little over an hour, Keith Olbermann will announce on a conference call with reporters that he will join Current TV for a nightly television show. Bill Carter and Brian Stelter at the New York Times hinted at this last night. Former and current employees of Current were able to confirm the deal.

The Party Line – January 28, 2011

By: Friday January 28, 2011 9:30 am

This is the second edition of my little experiment; in case you missed last week’s introduction, The Party Line is my attempt to take the ideas and thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head all week, and use them to kick off a weekend’s worth of conversation.

Olbermann: The Morning After

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 10:00 am

It’s looking more and more like Keith Olbermann was forced out, a lot of speculation out there but most telling is the Bring Keith Olbermann Back Facebook page Keith himself set up.

Late Night: The Last Countdown – Olbermann Departure Reaction Roundup

By: Friday January 21, 2011 8:24 pm

Keith Olbermann just signed off MSNBC for good — and already folks are wondering if Comcast is behind this. What do you think?

Breaking: Keith Olbermann Out at MSNBC [UPDATED]

By: Friday January 21, 2011 6:45 pm

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has announced his final Countdown program. We’ll add details about this situation as we get them. But the first question has to be: Is this the first action by cable conglomerate Comcast, after the FCC and Justice Department approved their takeover of NBC, in deciding what we see on television?

Did Palmetto State Armory Break Law in Ad for “You Lie” Assault Rifle Part?

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:05 am

On Tuesday, the Free Times in Columbia, South Carolina broke the story of the “You Lie”-inscribed assault rifle parts being sold by Palmetto State Armory to “honor” Congressman Joe Wilson, who shouted that line in his infamous interruption of President Barack Obama’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress in September of 2009. The Free Times article points out the presence of a photograph of Wilson with Armory founder Jamin McCallum on the webpage selling the part, and reports that the photo was taken during an August, 2010 visit by Wilson to the Armory.

In comments on a post I wrote in response to the Free Times story, I noted the presence of a seal in the photograph of Wilson and McCallum and wondered whether it is legal to use such a seal in an advertisement for a product, since it creates the impression of government endorsement. Getting no response to the question, I then found the relevant law (scroll down to section 713).

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