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"Gumbo for the Gulf" house parties in 26 states to be held this weekend, with backing from Anthony Bourdain, other well-known foodies.
Barry Ritholtz looks behind new numbers for June: Unemployment rate falls to 9.5% but jobs actually lost.
Wonderful Michael Steele gaffe causing uproar (even if true), in which he suggests we can’t win in Afghanistan — see as he triesto dig out…. Heralded doc on Afghan unit Restrepo opens today nationwide…. As we have predicted, the upcoming film on Pat Tillman (due in August) will make Gen. McChyrstal’s retirement a lot less relaxing, Newsweek reports.
Great cartoon: "The 24 Types of Libertarian."
Andrew Sullivan says he’ll pray for recovery of uber-atheist Christopher Hitchens "just to piss him off."
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NYT‘s defense of not routinely calling waterboarding "torture" here, in chat with Mike Calderone of Yahoo! But their argument that they were just adopting a "middle ground" and aware of political pressures is slammed by many, including here. Also here. Plus our own Chris Hayes on MSNBC. The media group FAIR points out that it’s been calling out the NYT on this since 2004.
Glenn Beck actually declares the "founding" of "Beck University." Will Bunch has a go at it here. BU probably has already suspended its campus newspaper and kicked the liberal student groups out.