Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz weighed in on some potential buyers of Newsweek. We think he missed a few things; here is our response.
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We were alerted today to YouCut, an initiative from Eric Cantor that is "designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact." The procedure: Every week you get to vote to cut one of five things, and the House Republicans will bring your choice to the floor in an up-or-down vote. Which, you know, sound really great! We are, of course, amused that the proposed cuts so closely fit the preoccupations of the GOP (two of the five options are cuts in 'taxpayer subsidized union activities' and '--that last one would save a whopping $200,000 a year). Except that, well, honestly, Cantor's ambition seems a little small. Even if you enacted EVERY ONE of those proposals, the savings would be around $6 billion over five years. 2010 fed budget: $3.55 trillion. Forgive us if we’re a little underwhelmed at ‘cuts’ that, per year, amount to less than one...
About the time Brett Favre was agreeing to let the Minnesota Vikings pay him $12 million to be a league-average quarterback this year, I was on the phone with a very good surgeon about the shredded remains of what was once my right labrum. The labrum is the thing that cushions the hip socket, and, it turned out, mine was just about gone. You’re almost certainly looking at a hip replacement, said the surgeon. Eventually. ...
Now that Sarah Palin has dropped her resignation bomb, the rest of the Web is spending a lovely Friday afternoon trying to figure out why. Matt Cooper has some theories, here. Friends Palin tell Politico's Mike Allen she plans to remain in the public eye, but hasn't decided anything about 2012. Is this a clue? Balz talks to a lot of people, and no one has a firm theory about the resignation. Halperin has 10 possible factors, most of which come down to money. An Alaska blogger lists some possible reasons Stromberg says this was a foolish move. Alaska Democrats think she's crazy. Bill Kristol thinks she's crazy like a fox. And, of course, if you haven't read Purdum's Vanity Fair piece, it's definitely worth the hour of your life to read it.
Did AT&T Influence the American Idol Vote? Maybe. According to the NYTimes, the company provided free phones to vote at parties for winner Kris Allen—but not for supporters of Adam Lambert. [NYT]Real-Estate Porn, Bush 43 Edition: A photographic tour of W's new Dallas digs. [NY Daily News]This Cocaine in Red Bull Thing is Getting Out of Hand: Seriously. [Google News]Alice Munro, Man Booker Prize Winner: Finally! [LA Times]
The Real Housewives of DC is a Go!: Bravo announced today it has begun laying the groundwork for an inside-the Beltway version of the show. We, for one, can't wait for the Lynne Cheney episode. [EW]Yes, Twitter is Doing a TV Show Too: But, who cares? REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DC! [NY MAG]Dwight Howard Feels Disrespected By All That Kobe-vs.-LeBron Talk: He somehow was OK with letting Nate Robinson dunk over him, but whatever. [Dwight Howard.com]
Watch this. Seriously, Katie Couric's part alone is twelve different kinds of awesome.
BallDroppings will delight, amuse, and annoy.
This, from McSweeney's is just what you might think, but still a fun read. A taste: The other day, Nurse Toadstool and I talked in the break room over reheated mushroom casserole. She appeared sad. She mentioned turning a Goomba away because his health insurance wouldn't give him enough gold coins for treatment. Then I realized why the same viruses continue to appear again and again. Each time we turn a patient away for financial reasons, not only are we denying care to the poorest creatures, who often need it the most, but we're putting the disease back into the world, where it continues to spread. Furthermore, the patients I do treat get hooked on my expensive medicine. Mushroom Kingdom's health-care system has turned into a sick, addictive game. Speaking of a sick, addictive game, did you know you can play Dr. Mario online? Yes you can.
Remember to use this one with the headphones on...
For your lunchtime viewing pleasure: Some great images from a new collection of Berenice Abbott's work
Today in Contests: Film the Blanks has a fun contest in which you, the reader, are are asked to reconstruct their deconstructed famous movie posters (like the one above). [Film the Blanks]Today in Mothers and Invention: The LA Times details how the Octomom has also given new life to Radar online. [Los Angeles Times]Today in Cautious Optimism: Keira Knightley to star in the film version of a really lovely novel, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go; our optimism is mainly fuelled by the news that Alex Garland wrote the script. [Variety]