updated 2/5/2009 12:43:23 PM ET 2009-02-05T17:43:23

Happy Wednesday!

Hello everybody and welcome to the Shuster "Daily Briefing" for February 4, 2009. I just got out of a meeting here in N.Y. with one of my favorite producer/editors at MSNBC. We were talking about ideas for "1600" and some new tape production things we may try. Watch this space for more details in the days to come.

By the way, I like to tell the staff there is no such thing as a bad idea. So, that applies to all of you as well. Is there something you think we should be doing differently?  Or is there a story you want us to consider for the show?

I am sitting in again tonight for Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m. EST.  So, my esteemed colleague Mika Brzezinski will host "1600" at 6 p.m. EST. 

But after glancing at the show rundown, guests, and story elements, I am happy to report that another terrific 6 p.m. show is headed your way.

Off the bat, Mika will focus on President Obama's plan to curtail executive pay to companies that receive federal money in the "troubled asset relief program" or TARP. Critics have called it a "Wall Street bailout." And many Americans, including President Obama, have expressed disbelief at the continued behavior of CEO's even after they received taxpayer help.

Another big story tonight involves the Obama administration's effort to find 60 votes in the U.S. Senate for the economic stimulus plan.

Democrats acknowledge they are a few votes short. Even a few Democrats have criticized key parts of the plan. Mika will talk with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. 

By the way, did any of you catch Rod Blagojevich's appearance last night on David Letterman? Oh my. You will see a clip or two in tonight's 6 p.m. Also, we have some industry news related to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her friendship with Barack Obama is helping her in a big way with audience ratings and etc.

On a personal note, there were some rumors in my neighborhood that Ms. Winfrey was thinking of buying a $50 million mansion in Georgetown. No matter what you think about Georgetown, we don't have many homes that size. And by process of elimination, figuring out which big house in the area is for sale, I'm thinking that Oprah may be looking at Evermay. For many years, this "estate" has been a popular and also expensive place in Georgetown for weddings, receptions, and etc.

Oh, before I forget, my good friend Daniel Gross, senior editor at Newsweek, will be on the show tonight for his regular "Myth Buster Wednesday" appearance. 

Dan was in Davos last week, thus the reason we didn't have the segment on last week and he has a ton of material to work with for tonight's segment. I'm not exactly sure what he is going to focus on, but I believe it will be related to the Republican claim that the Government has "never" created any jobs. That line came from GOP chairman Michael Steele over the weekend.

Also, a few GOP Senators are now claiming that government spending on public transportation doesn't create jobs. Huh? Anyway, Dan will be informative and fun as usual.

"Quote of the Day" comes from Thomas Jefferson:

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." 

Thanks in advance for watching tonight's show. "1600" airs tonight at 6 p.m. in Washington, D.C.; 5 p.m. in Memphis, Tennessee; 4 p.m. in Littleton, Colorado; and 3 p.m. in San Jose.



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