TRADE publications report that NBC once again wants to replace Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show," this time with Jimmy Fallon. An attempt with Conan O'Brien a few years back led to his departure to TBS.
But the Fallon challenge is bigger, and New York state government may determine who gets the show.
The state is offering NBC a $10 million tax credit - bribe - to move "The Tonight Show" back to New York City, which the show left in 1972.
The New York Daily News reported that someone slipped into the state budget a $10 million tax credit for "a talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state prior to its first relocated season in New York." Only "The Tonight Show" seems to fit that description.
Leno often takes shots at liberals in his monologues. Liberals run state government in New York.
By accident or design, they may have a role in pushing a critic off the air.
MR. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, will become Mr. South Charleston on May 18, when he is a guest of the Armed Forces Day Parade.
South Charleston is one of the few communities that does not have a military presence that observes this holiday, which honors those currently serving.
Newton is a longtime supporter of the USO, performing in his first USO show in the first grade. He succeeded Bob Hope as chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle in 2001.
More communities should honor those who serve by observing Armed Forces Day.
DEMOCRATS' "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" includes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that adds $30 billion a year to medical costs.
The Democratically controlled Senate voted 79-20 recently for a resolution calling for repeal of the tax.
No vote to actually repeal the tax is expected. The purpose of the stagecraft was to allow more than 30 Democratic senators to claim when they seek re-election that they voted to do so.
Such cynical attempts to mask reality undercut public respect for the party.