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.

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Ryan Cooper

Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanlcooper. Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation.