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The Powerful Myth of the Would-Be President RFK, 50 Years Later Robert F. Kennedy promised a kind of mind-bending coalition of minorities and white working-class voters that progressives still crave.
Facebook Allegedly Helped Vietnamese Government Silence Dissidents A group of journalist and civil-rights activists penned an open letter to the company.
Bad Weather Now Set on Ruining Even Cheap Coffee Problems with rain in Brazil and Vietnam are raising the price of robusta beans used in instant coffee.
America Ends Longtime Arms Embargo Against Vietnam Obama says the move isn’t about countering Chinese influence in the region. (But it’s about countering Chinese influence in the region).
This Restaurant Paid $16K for a 500-Pound Endangered Catfish It took ten struggling men to haul the nearly extinct species inside.
Jean-Francois Meteigner on Tour of Duty in Vietnam The La Cachette chef-owner will return to L.A. in a year to bring his French-Asian fusion to a small restaurant.
Chinatown’s Pho 75 Closed; Grill Fish Cafe Opens Though the Chinatown outpost of Pho 75 is closed, other area locations remain open.
Donald Trump’s Incomplete Vietnam Explanation He says he got lucky, but he didn’t mention that he also got a medical deferment.
Calorie Commando Being Sentenced Today; Marine Tries to End Dog-Eating Juan Carlos Cruz plead guilty to solicitation of murder in a plot to kill his wife, while the practice of munching on canine meat has a strong new opponent.
Political Fast Food Fights Sweep California; Gordon Ramsay Sued By Father-In-Law Gavin Newsom might repeal a happy meal ban in NorCal, while lobbyists fight a fast food moratorium in SoCal.
Drink Cheap or Die: Governor-Elect Tom Corbett Takes Aim at PLCB Price Hikes; Plus fire damages a historic Bucks County inn, and scientists discover a new species of lizard on restaurant menus in Vietnam, all in our morning news roundup.
Carl Paladino’s Campaign Revises War Record He trained zero men while on active duty, not 250.
120-Proof Beer Emerges From Japan; Meat From Cloned Animals Hits European Start the Future sounds like a quick end to the night, while eating clones sounds like the future has already started.
Times: Blumenthal Misrepresented His Vietnam Service Senate hopeful received at least five military deferments.
Paula Deen Cancels Pantages Date; Sean Penn Charged in Brentwood Country Mart A famously volatile actor pays for his post-lunch scuffle and a famously chirpy Southern chef will not make a stop in L.A.
Grace’s Neal Fraser Plans Tour Through ‘Nam Join an Iron Chef on a cycling tour from Hanoi to Saigon.
Paula Deen Plans Food for Jonas Brother’s Wedding; Bruce Willis Pushes Sobieski A celeb chef writes a menu for a celeb wedding and a Polish vodka gains a new U.S. pitchman and shareholder..
Villaraigosa Hands Out Turkeys; Locavores Learn To Hunt The city hold its 11th annual Thanksgiving dinner, while locavores learn to catch their own food.
Simon L.A. Cooks ‘Tiger Style’ on A New Hanoi Menu SimonLA honors Hanoi cuisine in a special menu inspired by Vietnam’s Metropole Hotel.
Rice Cakes Recalled; BPAs Are Not Banned in Baby Bottles A Gardena company is recalling its rice cakes, but BPAs will still be allowed in baby bottles.
Kraft Rebids For Cadbury, Faces Striking Workers Plus: additional benefits from Omega-3s; Vietnam worries about domestic beer.
Sam Mason Hits IFC; Nervous Brewers in Vietnam Plus: Chock Full o’Nuts returns to its roots, and the city aims to curb soda consumption, all in our morning news roundup.
Bánh-Upsmanship The strangest turn yet in the bánh mì trend.
Will Prodigal McNally Brother Return? Rumor has it that Brian McNally may open a noodle shop in the city he just slammed.
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Bourdain Is Back A sneak peek at the new season of ‘No Reservations.’
Obama Potentially Looking Even Less Patriotic The voices of outrage face off against those pundits who can afford to defend Clark.
The Spitzer Family to Vacation in Southeast Asia As legal clouds gather for Spitzer on the home front, he takes the whole family to find sunnier skies.
Karl Rove Gives John McCain the Reverse ‘Swift Boat’ Treatment Rove writes an editorial pointing out the problem in McCain’s presidential strategy: not enough people know how awesome he is!
Amy Sacco Is Single Again Paula Froelich sticks up for close friend
And It Will Become Necessary to Destroy the Country in Order to Save It Sorry, this has no New York connection and is outside our usual bailiwick and all that, but, still:
How did this man get elected twice?
Bush to Invoke Vietnam in Arguing Against Iraq Pullout [ CNN]
Related: Bush’s Iraq-Vietnam Parallel [The Lede/ NYT]
Williamsburg: Subway Out, Silent H In Coney Island : Having evicted and demolished the neighboring mini-golf course, Thor Equities neglects to renew the lease for beachside fave the Grill House. Where else are we supposed to get pretzels on hot dogs? [Gowanus Lounge]
East Village: Just in time for the 50-plus-degree weather, a Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory alum has opened a haute creamery on Avenue B near 14 th Street. [DailyCandy]
Harlem: Gospel jazz comes to the Harlem Tea Room Friday night. Sure to be a wild evening. [Uptown Flavor]
Midtown East: Local prisons and the United Nations share a controversial food supplier, Aramark. Also, you’re allowed to smoke in the U.N. dining room. [Gridskipper]
West Village: Locals find a creative outlet to cope with fears of rat infestation: unchecked pun-making. [NewYorkology]
Williamsburg: Controversial Subway franchise on Bedford now up for sale. Comes with free trapper hat. [Curbed] Vinh Nguyen fulfills his dream of bringing good Vietnamese to New York, helping people pronounce his name with the opening of Silent H. (His dream of serving alcohol, on the other hand … ) [i’m not sayin, i’m just sayin]
Reading List: R.W. Apple The death of R.W. Apple this morning, announced in an especially moving and candid Times obituary, hit us hard at Grub Street. In tribute, here are links to a few of our favorite Apple pieces from recent years.