Political Animal


August 10, 2012 12:56 PM Lunch Links

By Ryan Cooper

Here are some tidbits while I catch a quick bite to eat:

1. July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states. Speaking of which…

2. Corn yields have fallen to a 17-year low due to drought.

3. When will we forget?

4. Thank God, hair braiding freedom has been liberally doused over the great state of Utah.

5. Some good news on the healthcare front—costs seem to be coming down.

6. To everyone’s total astonishment, Goldman Sachs gets a pass on fraud investigations from the Justice Department.

7. Time to get the completely remove the lead from our living situations. It’ll be expensive, but will pay off hugely in the medium and long term.

Back in a jiffy.

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


  • cwolf on August 10, 2012 1:27 PM:

    4. Thank God, hair braiding freedom has been liberally doused over the great state of Utah.

    As punishment, God turns half of Utah to salt!

  • T2 on August 10, 2012 2:04 PM:

    Will Mitt Romney be the first candidate to get a post-convention drop? What will the mood of the TeaParty faction at the convention if Mitt is sitting 7-8+ points behind Obama then?

  • Jose Hipants on August 10, 2012 2:53 PM:

    That Slate piece on Utah is almost 100% information-free.

  • mr.peabody on August 10, 2012 3:07 PM:

    If only Martha Stewart worked at Goldman Sachs...

  • CharlieM on August 10, 2012 3:24 PM:

    So now Matt's on about hairbraiding. /yawn

    Nothing new. He indulges that special snobbery of his ever so often.

    He rails against licensing and certification programs because, well, THOSE people aren't really doing anything important and it keeps him from getting a cheap haircut, plumber, electrician, roofer, etc.

    Nothing new. He just has a unique way of devaluing the work of anyone doing anything he sees as less important than his.

  • Northzax on August 10, 2012 10:04 PM:

    I wonder what the bigger benefit to cost ratio would be, eliminating lead completely in US living situations, or spending much of that money to drastically reduce it in Mexico and central America? Given the pretty decent evidence that reduction in childhood exposure to lead has had on violent crime in the US, would it have equal effect south of the border?