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Curing the Female ‘Curse’

Birth control pill manufacturer Wyeth has whipped up a new product, Lybrel, that will not only prevent pregnancies but will apparently eliminate menstrual periods altogether.  Does this development constitute a liberating break from biology for women or a subtle message that their bodies need to be somehow ‘fixed’?

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Moyers Probes Press About Iraq

In a long-overdue move, PBS’ Bill Moyers is turning his lens on top journalists from mainstream press outlets about their actions, or lack thereof, in the months leading up to the Iraq war.  Editor & Publisher reports that some subjects, such as Dan Rather, were upfront about their roles and failings in “Buying the War,” while others were not as willing to own up.

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Walling ‘Em In (and Out)

Apparently hoping that good fences make good neighbors, American forces in Baghdad are erecting a concrete wall in Baghdad’s turbulent Adhamiya district to separate Sunnis from Shiites—the first barrier specifically built along sectarian lines.  The wall, which will be three miles long and 12 feet high when it is finished later this month, is not a popular project among Iraqis from either side.

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Surge Stalls, Fear Builds in Baghdad

The BBC’s Andrew North gives a sobering analysis of the facts on the ground in Baghdad, where frustration, desperation and fear abound among Iraqi civilians as U.S. troops struggle to contain the violence that has only grown since the surge began.

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Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

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Police ‘Regret’ Airing of Shooter’s Video

The superintendent of the Virginia state police has politely criticized NBC for airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s video diatribe. The head of NBC News defended the decision to broadcast the footage, saying: “I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand why this happened, but I do think this is as close as we’ll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer.”

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Insurgents Form Their Own Iraq Government

A coalition of eight Sunni insurgent groups has announced the formation of a cabinet, naming the head of al-Qaida in Iraq the minister of war. The announcement from the “Islamic State of Iraq” was made hours after the group released a video showing the executions of 20 people who were Iraqi civilians, soldiers or policemen.

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Reid: Iraq War ‘Lost’

President Bush may still be in denial, but Sen. Harry Reid is at least telling him the raw truth:  The surge isn’t working, and the Iraq war is not likely to result in any kind of victory.  The Democratic majority leader says he told Bush on Wednesday that the war “is lost,” judging by the “extreme violence” in Iraq lately.

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foxnews.com

Stone, MoveOn.org Join Forces

Director Oliver Stone is teaming up with MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org for a project called “VideoVets:  Bring Our Troops Home.”  Viewers can vote at MoveOn’s site to pick the winning entry from a series of more than 20 videotaped interviews of veterans and family members speaking out about the U.S. policy in Iraq. Stone will make the top entry into a 30-second TV spot.

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washingtonpost.com

Gonzales Grilled by Senate Committee

Facing the music (and some skeptical senators) Thursday about the U.S. attorney firing controversy, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales insisted that he had not acted out of any politically motivated impulses or pressures and had nothing to hide about his role in handing eight federal lawyers their pink slips.

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