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Olberman speaks out...

Biding his time until he returns to prime time on cable TV this spring, Keith Olbermann returned to his college roots Tuesday night, poking fun at Republicans and getting serious about workers' rights.

In a short speech at Cornell University to an audience of nearly 1,000 people, Olbermann criticized Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, co-sponsor of the Welfare Reform Restoration Act of 2011.

"If somehow it passed, this bill would deny food stamps to any workers, public or private, who went on strike," said Olbermann, who arrived on campus Sunday night and met with students for two days. "The strike is inherently dangerous to the rich. It's the only thing that tilts the playing field."

Olbermann, a lightning rod for liberal causes, hosted "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC for eight years, then abruptly quit the cable network Jan. 21.

Less than a month later, he announced he was headed to Current TV, the public affairs channel launched in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat.

Olbermann will start this spring with a New York-based prime-time talk show on Current. He said the show would air at 8 p.m. but a start date hadn't been decided.


She loves Paris...

Paris Hilton, the woman who perfected the art of being famous for being famous, says she has met all of her professional goals.

The heiress-turned-TV star, who was in Mexico on Tuesday to promote a new line of shoes, says she doesn't fear being overshadowed by Kim Kardashian or any other reality show rival with her own fragrance, B-movies, sex tape and autobiography, all by age 30.

"There's so many people out there who try to imitate what I do, but I am the original," Hilton said. "There is nothing like me."

The socialite, who started her career as a model and has tried her hand in movies, fashion and singing, is currently shooting her latest reality TV show, "The World According to Paris," which will debut this spring on the Oxygen cable channel.

"The show's everything about my life, showing the business woman," Hilton said.


Chang joining 'Lifeline'...

ABC News says Juju Chang is headed to 'Nightline.'

She'll be replaced as "Good Morning America" news reader by Josh Elliott, who's currently co-anchoring ESPN's "SportsCenter."

Chang will serve at "Nightline" as a special correspondent and fill-in anchor, as well as taking part in a number of the 13 prime-time hours that "Nightline" is planning for this summer. In a lengthy career at ABC News, she has been "GMA" news reader for 15 months.

Elliott joined ESPN in 2004 as a panelist on various shows at that network. In 2008, he was named co-anchor of "SportsCenter" with Hannah Storm.

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