By AP’s Frazier Moore: “‘Conan’ [found] its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from this nearby but isolated island country for apparently the first time since Jack Paar took his own late-night show to Cuba in 1959.” Read more.
2016 PLAYERS — SAM SMITH to Christie – NYT’s Michael Barbaro: “Christie…has recruited Samantha Smith, a senior manager on Google’s global communications and policy team in Washington. Ms. Smith, 28, worked on Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and as press secretary and campaign communications director for Senator Richard M. Burr…At Leadership Matters for America, Mr. Christie’s PAC, she will be charged with shaping the message of a potential presidential campaign defined by a big personality and faced with serious hurdles.” Read more.
Former White House press secretary, Jay Carney, joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs. The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts. Misener and P.R. chief Craig Berman will now report to Carney, who in turn will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Carney will give up his post-White House perch as a senior political analyst on CNN to focus full time on Amazon.