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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on June 24 at 8:04 AM

Lesbians: The group hit hardest by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In Exile: Former Mugabe challenger is staying at the Dutch embassy.

Out: WaPo executive editor steps down.

Border Patrol: Checking the citizenship status of bus and train travelers daily in New York.

Swift Boated?: Right-wing book publisher plans anti-Obama book for summer publication.

Last Chance”: NASA scientist has grim warning on climate change.

Big Advantage” to McCain: A terror attack, according to McCain advisor.

“No Evidence”: Of high-school “pregnancy pact,” according to town’s mayor.

Irony: Dead, courtesy of CNN’s tribute to Carlin—featuring a heavily bleeped version of his famous “Seven Words” routine.

Well, Thank GOD: McCain “aware of the Internet.”

Muslim”: Automatically a “smear”?

Recipe of the Day: Roasted Corn and Barley Salad with Grilled Endive and Basil-Chive Vinaigrette (recipe and photo via Well Fed)

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Ingredients:
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking barley
4 ears of corn, still in the husks
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 Belgian endives (about 1 lb total), trimmed and sliced in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons basil leaves sliced into a chiffonade

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the corn into the sink and fill with water. Let the corn soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Place the corn on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove form oven and when it is cool enough to handle, peel off the husks and silks and then cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring 2 cups water with 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan. Stir in barley, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until barley is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove barley from heat (when tender) and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Drain barley well in large sieve and add to corn in bowl.

Heat a cast iron grill pan over high heat for 10 minutes. Brush the cut sides of the endive with a little olive oil and then place in the grill pan, cut side down. Grill for about 5 to 8 minutes, however long it takes to get some nice dark grill marks. Remove from the pan and cut cross-wise into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Add the grilled endive to the corn and barley mixture.

Next make the vinaigrette. Pulse oil, basil, chives, vinegar, lemon or lime juice, sugar, pepper, remaining tablespoon water, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor until herbs are finely chopped.

When you are ready to serve, add the vinaigrette to the corn, barley, endive mixture, tossing gently with a silicone spatula to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl and then adorn with the sliced basil leaves.

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1

why does one need to use a silicone spatula?

Posted by ams | June 24, 2008 8:20 AM
2

You donít necessarily have to be in the Senate to understand, you know, how it shapes the country. Ö the Internet is aware of John McCain.

Posted by elenchos | June 24, 2008 8:26 AM
3

Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10 years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.

yikes! keep buying that seafront land in florida, you repug doucheboats. serves you right.

Posted by ellarosa | June 24, 2008 8:34 AM
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Lesbians: The group hit hardest by ďDonít Ask, Donít Tell.Ē

Which suddenly makes it important to Erica.

Posted by Judah | June 24, 2008 8:38 AM
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@4 -- Why are we kicking the Lebanese out of our Army? First gays...now this. It's not like we have a lot of sold....

Huh?

What?

Oh.

Carry on.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 24, 2008 8:46 AM
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The article doesn't mention it, but the Coast Guard has the same policy.

Posted by Greg | June 24, 2008 9:06 AM
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Ams @ 1: Hmm, good question. I blame Big Silicone?

Posted by ECB | June 24, 2008 10:08 AM
8

Dang, I was hoping for a couscous recipe.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 10:14 AM
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Iíve said before, and Iíll say it again: Support Donít Ask, Donít Tell, and youíll save gay and lesbian lives.

Our military has absolutely nothing to do with protecting our nation or making us safer, quite the opposite. The US military carries out wars for political propaganda and war/oil industry profits.

If you oppose our nationís psychopathic wars and militarism, then supporting the ban makes perfect sense. Some unconventional methods are required to deprive the military of the troops they need to carry out these wars, and one of those methods is DADT. Iíve read that as many as 40,000 gay men and lesbians would join the armed forces if the ban were lifted. Keeping DADT in place saves their lives and prevents them from becoming accomplices to our countryís insane lies and war crimes.

Posted by Original Andrew | June 24, 2008 10:14 AM
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@ 1 & 7. I think it's because silicone (unlike metals) doesn't react to the acids in the vinaigrette and (unlike wood or plastic) won't absorb the ethereal oil released by the basil leaves. ECB - thx a ton for this recipe - I know what I'm making tonight!

Posted by jackseattle | June 24, 2008 10:31 AM
11

Heh, you'll be checked now and then for citizenship these days when you drive across the border *out* of the US too.

ICE likes doing this on I-5 south into Tijuana a lot recently--they stop all traffic and ask for papers for everyone, and will haul out anyone who's papers aren't in order.

Wouldn't surprise me if they're doing this at the Peace Arch crossing too.

Posted by SD Dan | June 24, 2008 10:56 AM
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LOLez, women

Posted by Non | June 24, 2008 11:02 AM
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@11 - I always give them my best Russian salute when they do that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 11:05 AM

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