DAILY BRIEFING  8:47 am January 21, 2010

Conan O’Brien Gets Ted Kennedy’s Old Senate Seat Too!

by Juli Weiner

  • Everyone’s threatening Facebook statuses worked!! NBC will pay Conan O’Brien $33 million dollars, and he can go back home to the television in eight months. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Obama has decided that our country’s commercial banks can’t be as big as they want or trade for their own accounts, which is a thing that’s problematic, because of economics. [New York Times]
  • The new post-Scott Brown health care bill will have to take Scott Brown’s existence into account. Sad. [AP]
  • The Prince of Dubai restructured his country’s government. It will be organized vertically, and will now be the world’s tallest legislative body. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Obama’s first-round draft pick for Transportation Security Administration leadership has withdrawn his name from consideration. He used a federal database to stalk his wife’s boyfriend, is the thing with him. [Washington Post]
  • 23 Mexican prisoners died at a riot in a Mexican prison. [CNN]
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Mild Midwesterner January 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

I need to move to New York, where if you’re not getting a massive bank bonus then you’re getting paid $33 million to not work for 8 months.

charlesdegoal January 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

They died at a riot like Haitians died at an earthquake. They all should have staid home rather than attend uprisings or natural disasters.

Terry January 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

Stalked his wife’s boyfriend? Or is that his ex-wife’s boyfriend? Either way, he wasn’t thinking with his brain at the time. Not an excuse, but seems to be somewhat typical male behavior.

Why do nominees lie? Don’t they realize that people with a lot of time on their hands or who are paid to do so check the details?

Terry January 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

On another subject, the green background is tres festive! Perhaps you should put it up in March, too.

norbizness January 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

It’s a good thing that Conan’s fan base is so internet-savvy; I think most of Leno’s fans’ computers are still blinking “12:00″.

finallyhappy January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

I am sad today,. It wouold help if the Fit Trainer’s photo was on the page.

JMP January 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

Good way to contractually protect Leno’s horrible show from competition from the man he screwed over for six months, NBC. Well, at least Letterman and Colbert are on at the time so there’s still something watchable on.

[re=498499]norbizness[/re]: Most of Leno’s fans refer to computers as “the AOL machine”.

norbizness January 21, 2010 at 9:55 am


Is it Nancy Kwan’s Pearl Cream?

TGY January 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

Today, we are all soon-to-be-out-of-work multi-millionaires. As if!

Sussemilch January 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

Health care fails, costs skyrocket. Excellent – glad I didn’t sell my kidney earlier.

contentsunderpressure January 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

Green. Please change to a jäger hue, of green.

gurukalehuru January 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

Conan’s off the air until September and you count that as a win? Pfffft.
Again, I say, pfffft.

Paul Tardy January 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I think it is time for the NYS Comedian Contract Termination Tax. Very progressive, just like New York, 0% 0n the first million, 100% 90% after that.

Lascauxcaveman January 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

“NBC will pay Conan O’Brien $33 million dollars, and he can go back home to the television in eight months.”

My last termination/non-compete agreement was very similar to that, only change the “eight months” part to “12 months,” and the “pay $33 million” part to “we don’t sue you.”

hunter.blatherer January 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I am going to start using the phrase “is the thing with (him) (her) (ze) (etc).” Sooo many possibilities. Thank you Juli.

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