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June 08, 2012 1:00 PM Lunch Links

By Ryan Cooper

If I don’t stop forgetting my lunch at home, I’m going to burrito myself into the poor house. Anyway, while I grab a quick bite, here are some tidbits from around the web:

1. Speaking of Joe Scarborough…

2. Corey Robin has a challenge for the left.

3. The Nation excerpted a bit of Chris Hayes’ excellent new book.

4. Letter from Ray Bradbury to a library explaining how he wrote the first part of Fahrenheit 451.

5. The Beer Solution.

6. Could we have food truck-style clinics?

Stay tuned.

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


  • T2 on June 08, 2012 2:27 PM:

    It's sad when political discourse has sunk to the level that politicians have to write speeches that make it impossible to create damaging remarks out of the context of their remarks. But Obama saw today what Bill Clinton found a couple times this week:
    the Conservative GOPers will not hesitate to fabricate a remark taken out of context and the Conservative owned Media will not hesitate to run with it. And Conservative Citizens United PAC's won't hesitate to turn it into a nationally broadcast negative ad in a heartbeat.
    Note to Obama: no, private sector hiring is not "fine"....you should know better than to go there. I'd be looking for a better speech writer.

  • Jose Hipants on June 08, 2012 5:33 PM:

    Joe Scarborough is a perfect example of the Aggrieved Southerner, victimized by the things those awful yankees say - it's not fair!

  • Rick B on June 09, 2012 1:40 AM:

    The excerpt from Chris Hayes' book is outstanding. He had me when he started using Robert Michels' Iron Law of Oligarchy.