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Gay Macy's Mannequins
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Macy’s Removes Gay Mannequins After Hate Group Complains

Macy’s department store in Boston removed from its window a duo of mannequins—one wearing a gay pride flag—after a conservative group complained the display was offensive. (h/t: Towleroad )
Macy’s deserves all the criticism it’s getting for caving in to the puritans.

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Vanity Fair: Niger Yellowcake Forgery May Have White House Ties

Vanity Fair’s Craig Unger reports that the Italian Secret Service likely concocted the Saddam-Niger forgery to bolster Bush’s case for war. The article raises questions about the involvement of a prominent White House-connected neocon in the “black ops” campaign.

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Study: Sperm Quality Deteriorates With Age

It apparently isn’t just women who have a biological clock.

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Sanity: Gay Marriage Ban Fails in Senate

The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but Republicans will keep the issue alive in the House with another vote. Two Democrats, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, voted in favor of the ban.

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Sex is Essential, Kids Aren’t

Thirty percent of German women are childless—the highest proportion of any country in the world. And it’s intentional. Why? Because they can be. Free will, baby. A professor of psychology examines what this trend augurs for conservatives who wring their hands at the thought of people enjoying sex outside the context of procreation.

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Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ a Bomb, Says New York Times

The legendary author’s newest work focuses on a likable 18-year-old would-be suicide bomber. The N.Y. Times and, to a lesser extent, the Washington Post pan the book.

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Vietnamese bestseller
Doan Bao Chau for The International Herald Tribune

Young Vietnamese Doctor’s Diary Becomes Bestseller

The author, a 27-year-old woman who was killed in 1970, wrote of “love, loneliness and death on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.” It has become an Anne Frank-like sensation in Vietnam. The universal nature of her themes is an incredible reminder of the folly of war and of demonizing our enemies.

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Iraqi kidnappings
From the AP via Washington Post

In Brazen Kidnapping, 56 Vanish from Baghdad

Gunmen wearing police uniforms forced 56 people into pickups during the daytime operation. A Washington Post reporter writes, “The scale and audacity of the operation were unusual even by the capital’s lawless standards.”

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Bush's new marriage amendment
Top: Mike Luckovich / Middle: Dwayne Powell / Bottom: Mr. Fish

Debate Begins on Gay Marriage Amendment

President Bush renewed his call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Detractors called the move transparently political—in light of the fact that the proposed amendment stands virtually no chance of passing either house of Congress.

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    Duke Reinstating Lacrosse Team

    Duke University President Richard Brodhead said about his decision: “I am, I know, taking a risk in reinstating men’s lacrosse ... [but] if we did not allow these players the chance to take responsibility for creating a new history for their sport at Duke, we would be denying another very fundamental value: the belief in the possibility of learning from experience, the belief in education itself.”

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