Mark Coatney

For Eric Cantor, the First Cut is the Shallowest

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.

Morning Mix: Post-Oscars Edition

Slumdog is the Big Winner (No Surprise).  Taking Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and plenty of others (including all the sound and music awards), "Slumdog" was the big winner of the night with eight statues.  The cast and crew, meanwhile, couldn't have looked more thrilled -- every win elicited huge cheers from their corner of the Kodak.  And Danny Boyle's humble, gracious speech was among the night's better ones. [The Los Angeles Times]Amanda Seyfried's Shoe Malfunction?

Obama's 1984 Moment

The SF Chronicle gets all breathless talking about this video for Barack Obama, a play on Apple's best-TV-spot-ever "1984" commercial: The Chronicle sees this as a watershed: It may be the most stunning and creative attack ad yet for a 2008 presidential candidate -- one experts say could represent a watershed moment in 21st century media and political advertising.