In: Olympia Snowe. It's all about Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine right about now. Our personal favorite Snowism headline of today is: "And the Snowe Falls ... Where?" Because of the way that our government is structured, a single bipartisan voice in the United States Senate -- a less diffuse body than the House of Representatives -- wields power oftentimes disproportionate. In this case, however, that's a good thing. From WashPo:
"Today marks the day in which the Senate Finance Committee votes on its highly debated health-care bill, when senators who have wavered over which way to vote must make up their minds. Committee members are expected to meet at 10 a.m. to discuss the bill one more time and then to vote a few hours later. Here's a look at some of the pressure one swing-vote senator's facing in the hours leading up to the vote.
"Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) is still the senator that 'everyone is watching,' said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to USA Today's Kathy Kiely and John Fritz.
"Catherine Dodge of Bloomberg News looks back on Snowe's childhood days and concludes that her independent nature, which makes her 'a pivotal figure today,' is inherent."
UPDATE: At post time Bloomberg is reporting that Senator Snowe will vote for the Baucus Plan currently in the Finance Committee.
Out: Jeff Zucker. For what seems like ever, Jeff Zucker has been falling upwards. It's positively uncanny. Ratings be damned -- NBC is in last place -- we can be sure of Death, Taxes, and the fact that the CEO and President of NBC Universal will get a promotion. And while, yes, there is no evidence that anyone involved in the Comcast Corp-GE deal should want to replace Zucker, Broadcasting and Cable says what we are all thinking:
"It’s nice to have your boss’ seal of approval just as he’s getting ready to sell your company, but the approval Zucker really needs right now is that of Brian Roberts, and I’d love to know what he’s doing to get it."
At the very least this turn of events intoduces the closest thing to a halt in Zucker's relentless, sometimes extra-logical, upwards ascent.
In: Tatum O'Neal. We like Tatum O. We see her around the city, downtown, resplendant in her mom-pants (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment). But seriously folks, we wish Tatum the best. Hers is a True Redemption Tale. She lived through McEnroe's steroidal rages; Ryan O'Neal's colossal boorishness. Give the girl a break, O Life. Our Tatum's seent he depths -- tabloidal crack-smoke festooned covergirl, regrettable sex with Melanie Griffith (then again, Are you really "Hollywood" if you've never had regrettable sex with Melanie Griffith?)-- and now she's back, Phoenix-like reborn. From TheHollywoodReporter:
"Tatum O'Neal has been cast in the title role of the indie drama 'Sweet Lorraine.'
"O'Neal will play a former queen of the New York underground scene who, after moving to small-town New Jersey, gets caught up in local politics when her ex-lover becomes the mayor.
The actress, repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, recently completed shooting the indie feature 'The Runaways,' opposite Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. She also has a recurring role on the FX series 'Rescue Me.'
"O'Neal has appeared in 'My Brother,' 'Little Darlings' and 'Paper Moon,' for which she received a best supporting actress Oscar at age 10."
The child-star made good, unlike this thusness.