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Jan. 21 - In a decision that overturned decades of campaign finance law, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot ban corporations from financially supporting a candidate in elections. The court was evenly divided in the 5-4 decision, which has major implications for the future of political elections. The case paved the way for corporations to secure a larger role in affecting the outcome of elections. Even with expanded rights to free speech in the political spectrum, corporations must still divulge their spending to Congress, who can require them to create disclaimers for advertisements.
Jan. 22 - Conan O'Brien hosted his last "Tonight" show after refusing to fill a time slot 30 minutes later. In his resignation contract with NBC, O'Brien accepted $45 million on the condition that he will refrain from starting a new show on a competing network until September. O'Brien will surrender his time slot to Jay Leno, who was removed from "Tonight" so that NBC could abide by the terms of the resignation contract. O'Brien declared that he will be moving on to "exciting new career opportunities,” but he acknowledged that he is proud of the work he has done with NBC over the past 20 years.
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