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Experts: Zarqawi Death Unlikely to Stop Insurgency

The death of the Al Qaeda leader is likely to downgrade sectarianism in the medium term, an expert on terrorism tells the Washington Post. “But,” he added, “the dynamic of sectarian violence is probably past the point of no return.”

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NSA Wants to Mine Data From Social Networking Sites

The National Security Agency is funding research into ways to collect personal information from social networking websites like MySpace and Friendster, according to New Scientist magazine. The agency reportedly aims to combine the information with details from banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

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How the U.S. Got Zarqawi

The Washington Post and the N.Y. Times have accounts of how U.S. forces killed the highly sought-after Al Qaeda leader in Iraq. Apparently, they tracked him through his spiritual leader.

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What Ashcroft Knew and When He Knew it

Murray Waas at the National Journal has another sizzling scoop: Then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft continued to oversee the Valerie Plame-CIA leak probe long after he learned that top White House officials were suspected of involvement. (He didn’t recuse himself from the investigation for two months…)

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Senate Kills Estate Tax Repeal

As Think Progress put it: “A sad day for Paris Hilton.”

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Poll: Almost 60% Disapprove of Iraq War

That number is the highest level yet in the AP-Ipsos polling.

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Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq Air Raid

The Al Qaeda-linked militant responsible for a string of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings was killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, according to Iraq’s prime minister.

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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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