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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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    West of Jesus

    Wave Rider

    Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler describes in The New York Times Magazine how the mere act of going surfing pulled him out of a near-suicidal battle with Lyme disease and kick-started a quest to explore the nexus of surf, science and spirituality.

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    Netroots Seen as Threat to Two-Party System

    Democratic strategist Joe Trippi writes that the rise of the Netroots-based organization Unite08 may be the harbinger of the end of the traditional two-party system in American politics.

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    Brangelina
    From turkishdailynews.com.tr

    Brad, Angelina and the Rise of ‘Celebrity Colonialism’

    According to some reports, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had veto power over the journalists admitted to Namibia. “What gives two Hollywood actors the right to shut down an African nation so that they can have a special experience?” Curious?

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    American Prospect
    From AmericanProspect.org

    Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

    That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

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    Virginity Pledgers Often Dishonest About Their Past

    Yet more evidence that the abstinence-until-marriage crowd is deluding itself into believing that virginity pledges have any real value. (Above, virginity pledgers and their fathers at a so-called purity ball.)

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    Claim: Bush Doesn’t Give a S—t About Gay Marriage

    Newsweek anonymously quotes a friend of the president’s as saying, “I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s—t about” gay marriage.

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    Stephen Colbert delivers a commencement address
    From Knox.edu

    Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

    As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

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