Political Animal


June 08, 2012 5:47 PM Evening Links

By Ryan Cooper

That’s it for now, folks! I hope everyone has a good weekend. Personally, I’ve got a few of Jim Fallows’ favorite beer to look forward to. Until tomorrow, enjoy some content scraped and filtered from around the web:

1. Suicides are surging among US troops.

2. Time to start saying it: Ben Bernanke is behaving evilly.

3. The German Finance Minister is insane.

4. The JOBS Act (not the one proposed by President Obama, the one about deregulating IPOs) looks pretty shady.

5. Brad DeLong gets phished. Careful out there…

6. Not all voters’ self-interests are economic. This is something Ta-Nehisi Coates says all the time.

Finally, some outro jams:


Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • ComradeAnon on June 08, 2012 6:52 PM:

    That's what's been missing from this blog! Beer! Thanks Ryan.

  • Neildsmith on June 08, 2012 9:11 PM:

    Suicidal soldiers... If one teenager reacts to that story and decides to skip military service... well, then their sacrifice is worthy of the medal of honor. May they, finally, rest in peace.

  • patrick II on June 08, 2012 11:51 PM:

    It's too bad Obama didn't get a chance to appoint his own Fed Chairman.

  • berttheclock on June 09, 2012 8:38 AM:

    Ryan, not a bad choice for your ale, but, Ninsaki, an outstanding brewery of great ales out of Eugene, OR has really shot to the top.