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Lunchline: Read this while you shop

I hope everyone had a happy, safe holiday yesterday. I visited some family down in Leesburg and was planning to live-tweet the mania from the outlets for early morning Black Friday, but I couldn’t hang after all that eating. Alas.

Christopher Ma died Wednesday. (The Washington Post)

Chances are, you’re likely reading this while standing in line cashing in on a deal. And if you’ve made it that far, lucky you. One woman in L.A. totally went overboard and decided that she needed to get violent to gain ‘an edge’ on her fellow shoppers to ensure she got the best deal. Her weapon of choice? pepper spray. Also, if you’re new to the game you might want to take some advice from Slate’s Farhad Manjoo on what electronics not to buy today, even if the sales are fantastic.

Lunchbags across America will likely be filled with turkey sandwiches for some time going forward. But instead of just eating leftovers the same way you did they first time they were served, it can be fun to mix it up with newer recipes. The Post’s Bonnie Benwick offers a tremendous, ingredient by ingredient guide on how to repurpose all the Turkey Day classics to ensure that Thanksgiving 2.0 is exciting. Also, there’s my personal favorite, if you’re feeling ambitious.

Apparently Herman Cain thinks that just because he’s black, black people will vote for him. The businessman running for the Republican nomination in the next presidential campaign sent out a mailer recently claiming that “as a descendent of slaves I can lead the Republican party to victory by garnering a large share of the black vote.” Newsflash: it doesn’t work like that. The Post’s Vanessa Williams analyzes why such basic racial politics don’t make sense in this election.

Ndamukong Suh argues with referee after Suh is ejected from the game. (Gregory Shamus/GETTY IMAGES)

Extra Bites

• A lot of us will be flying planes this weekend to go see friends and/or family. And with the stress of holiday travel, rest can be hard to come by. Question is: Can you get a good night’s rest in your airplane seat? Slate’s Forrest Wickman has an answer.

• The Muppets aren’t the only ones taking over the movie theaters this weekend. If you need something else, the Going Out Guide has plenty of suggestions.

• If you need some new music to jam to while you shop, I’ve got you covered. Happy weekend!

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.



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