Morning Links for February 27, 2017

All about the Oscars, Trump ups ante on defense, and a Ryan-less town-hall meeting

On the last Monday of meteorological winter, here’s the news that’s keeping us warm:

The biggest snafu in Oscars history Sunday night happened when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong winner of the best picture award. They said La La Land, when the real winner was Moonlight.

The screw-up overshadowed Nicolet High School’s moment in the lights: Graduate Justin Hurwitz won not one but two Oscars for his work on La La Land – one for best score and a shared award for best song, “City of Stars.”

It also overshadowed any Trump-bashing by award winners and emcee Jimmy Kimmel. Could the Russians have switched the envelopes?

Speaking of Trump, he’s looking for big increases in military spending, and cuts elsewhere in the budget, the New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, activists in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district held a town-hall meeting Sunday night; Ryan was invited but did not attend.




Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.